The 30th Anniversary of the Bradford City Fire Disaster occurs on May 11th 2015. 56 supporters died in the Disaster, two of whom supported Lincoln City, Bradford City’s opponents in 1985. 258 other supporters suffered injuries, of whom many sustained serious burns. The official commemoration of the Disaster will take the customary forms, with a service of civic remembrance in Centenary Square, Bradford, on Monday May 11th 2015, and a collection at Bradford City’s ground, Valley Parade, on the last home game of the regular season, versus Barnsley on Saturday April 25th 2015. A Bucket Collection for the University of Bradford Plastic Surgery and Burns Research Unit (PSBRU) will be taken at this game. The annual Memorial Football Tournament for young people will be held in Bradford on Easter weekend, April 5-6th, and other events are planned.
It is recognised that many individuals and groups around the country and beyond will wish to join in the commemoration of the tragic events of May 11th 1985, and this participation is welcomed by Bradford City FC and its supporters. The Football Association, the Football League, the Premier League and the Women’s Super League are inviting all clubs in the English leagues to observe a minute’s silence before all matches played on the weekend of April 25th 2015 (from Friday April 24th to Monday April 27th inclusive). It is also suggested that clubs and their supporters might wish to undertake appropriate fundraising for the PSBRU.
The 200th Issue of the Bradford City Fanzine City Gent is a special edition containing responses to the Commemoration, and includes eye witness accounts of the events in 1985.
Whilst Bradford City FC is not in a position to provide any formal endorsement of commemorative activities or events organised by others, the following guidelines may prove helpful to those planning such events:
- The established tone for commemorative observance of the Fire Disaster is dignified and restrained.
- The Plastic Surgery and Burns Research Unit (PSBRU) at the University of Bradford was established in the aftermath of the Fire, and has become a lasting memorial to all those who suffered there. The continued existence of the PSBRU depends heavily on donations from the public, and contributions to its funds are welcomed from individuals, families, organisations or commercial companies. Anyone who wishes to make a financial contribution to the 30th Anniversary Commemoration is encouraged to make a donation to the PSBRU.
- Bradford City FC does not wish to place any undue restriction on the possible variety of fund-raising activities or events, although organisers should bear in mind their primary commemorative purpose. Fund-raising in memory of the Fire Disaster should not be used to advertise or to benefit commercial campaigns or companies. Bradford City FC logos or emblems are not be used without permission. If organisers wish to link fund-raising activities with any charity or charities other than the Plastic Surgery and Burns Research Unit, it is recommended that at least 50% of the fund-raising proceeds should go to the PSBRU. The target for the Commemorative fund-raising has been set at £300,000. The current cumulative total is shown on the Record of Donations page.
- Journalists and media organisations may wish to consult the Notes for Journalists page.