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6 May 2023

Bradford City AFC will host its annual memorial fixture - marking the 38th anniversary of the Valley Parade Fire Disaster - on Bank Holiday Monday, when Leyton Orient visit the University of Bradford Stadium. 

Action on May 8 will get underway from the earlier time of 12.30pm, in what is City’s final outing of the regular 2022/23 Sky Bet League Two season. 

On 11th May 1985, 56 supporters lost their lives and hundreds more were left with life-changing injuries, as the Bantams welcomed Lincoln City to West Yorkshire in a Third Division encounter. 

On Monday, everyone at Valley Parade will collectively pause to remember those affected by the tragedy.

As both City and Orient players take to the field, a rendition of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ will be played, as both club captains lay wreaths on the field. 

A minute’s silence will be observed - having been introduced by club chaplain Pastor Oliver Evans - with players stood around a giant flag on the field which pays tribute to the 56 lives lost. 

At the half-time interval, Professor Ajay Mahajan of Bradford's Plastic Surgery and Burns Research Unit (PSBRU) will speak with club pitch announcer Darren Harper about the continued work of the unit, as well as paying tribute to founder of the unit, Professor David Sharpe OBE, who passed away in March. 

Georgia Thornton from the Bradford City Ribbons appeal will be present, raising money for PSBRU by selling hand-crafted claret and amber ribbons, with supporters urged to make a donation and wear a ribbon to aid her fantastic efforts. 

Throughout the day, buckets will be carried around the University of Bradford Stadium and inside concourses, collecting donations for the appeal which was launched in the wake of the disaster. 

Over 22,000 tickets have already been secured for the encounter, meaning City are set to break their modern-day league attendance record. To purchase your ticket, and save on matchday admission prices, please CLICK HERE. 

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