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Minute's silence will mark 1985 Valley Parade fire deaths during Bradford City v Crawley Town match today

By HGilbey_LE  |  Posted: April 26, 2014

Fans look on as flames engulf the stand in 1985. Photo: PA

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The 1985 Valley Parade fire disaster, which saw 56 people including two Lincoln City supporters lose their lives, will be marked with a minute’s silence during today’s Bradford City FC’s match against Crawley Town.

The clubs want supporters to pay their respects to the 56 people who lost their lives 29 years ago on May 11.

54 Bradford City supporters and two Lincoln City supporters tragically passed away when a large fire started in just minutes.

Imps fans Bill Stacey and Jim West were at Valley Parade for the final game of the season, where the Bantams were taking on Lincoln City.

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A crowd of 11,000 were enjoying the atmosphere as Bradford celebrated promotion to the old Second Division.

However at 3.40pm, a small fire at the back of the 77-year-old main stand spread, turing into an inferno.

It destroyed the wooden stand, injuring hundreds.

The anniversary of the fire isn’t for another fortnight, however the club has traditionally used the final home fixture of the season to mark it.

A man who helped treat and plan surgery for the hundreds who were injured that day is also being honoured at today's match.

Prof David Sharpe will be presented with an award during the game, after working as a consultant plastic surgeon during the fire and leading a team at St Luke’s hospital in Bradford.

Although now retired, he founded the Plastic Surgery and Burns Research Unit at the University of Bradford, which helps burns victims by finding pioneering treatments through stem cell research.

Turnstiles around the ground will close for the minute's silence.

The club is asking fans to arrive as early as possible to make sure they can join in with remembering the fire and those who died.

The minute of silence will also give fans the chance to remember people they have lost over the last twelve months.

The turnstiles will re-open after the minute's silence has ended, ready for the final Sky Bet League 1 home match of the season with Crawley Town.

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  • hoggy26  |  April 27 2014, 5:35PM

    So sad but the media are fixated with Hillsbrough. I hope there is a minutes silence accross the country on the 11th

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