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On 11th May 1985 at Valley Parade, Bradford, a devastating fire broke out in the main stand during a Football League fixture between Bradford City and Lincoln City.

As a consequence of the fire fifty-six football fans lost their lives and 265 were injured, many of whom suffered life changing burns.

To mark the 30th anniversary of the disaster the Football League with the support of the Football Conference and the rest of the football family, are joining together to mark the occasion in a tangible manner by raising funds for The Plastic Surgery and Burns Research Unit at the University of Bradford.

Details how to donate can be found at http://www.fire-anniversary.brad.ac.uk/donate/

Due to the fact that Lincoln City will always be intrinsically linked with the tragedy, it is fitting the Club should have recently been extended the opportunity to be the launch place of the appeal, though the official commemoration will take during the weekend 25-27th April, amongst the remainder of the football family and of course Bradford City FC.

The Football Conference and BT Sport have therefore joined forces to assist in the launch and chosen this coming Saturday, when Lincoln City play their final home game of the season against Eastleigh, to screen the fixture LIVE on BT Sport1. The programme will commence at 12 noon with the kick-off at 12.15pm to be proceeded by a one minute silence in memory of those lost and injured.

Under the circumstances it has been have decided not to show any images of the fire but to replicate an image of the memorial dedicated to those football fans who on that fateful day went to enjoy an afternoon of excitement and the presentation of trophies in their final home match but never made it back home.

Source: www.footballconference.co.uk

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