England Manager Remembers Bradford 56
England manager Roy Hodgson will visit the Coral Windows Stadium this weekend. After informing the Football Association he will miss the weekends Premier League fixtures, in order to pay tribute to the 56 people who died in the Bradford City fire at Valley Parade in 1985.
Greg Dyke, chairman of the football association was already booked in to watch the League One fixture between Bradford City and Barnsley which will be the club’s last home match of the season.
The FA have designated this weekend as the appropriate time to mark the 30th anniversary of the fire, as every match in England will be preceded by a minute’s silence.
The FA have helped Bradford to raise money for the City’s Burns Unit and also invited a delegation from the club, including survivors and heroes to be its guests at the FA Cup Semi-Final between Aston Villa & Liverpool at Wembley.
There were also representatives from Lincoln City, Bradford’s opponents on the final day of the 1984-85 season, when a timber stand went up in flames during the match.