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Imps commemorate Bradford fire disaster

Lincoln City pay tribute to Bradford fire victims

Staff at Lincoln City commemorated the Bradford fire disaster by laying a wreath in memory of the 56 who died in the tragic event of 1985.

Today, May 11, marks the 33rd anniversary of when 56 supporters lost their lives in a fire during a match between Bradford City and Lincoln City at Valley Parade.

Photo: Lincoln City FC

Lincoln City chairman Bob Dorrian with Trevor Swinburne and Chris Ashton about to lay a wreath in memory of those who died in the Bradford fire of 1985. Photo: Lincoln City FC

Shortly before half-time on May 11, 1985 a blaze engulfed the main stand, with 54 Bradford supporters and two from Lincoln – Imps directors Bill Stacey and Jim West – tragically dying.

Over 250 people were also injured in the fire.

Photo: Lincoln City FC

In Lincoln’s final regular league game of the season against Yeovil on Saturday, May 5, Imps chairman Bob Dorrian, along with Trevor Swinburne and Chris Ashton, laid a wreath in front of the Stacey West Stand, which is named after the two who died in the fire.

Lincoln City chairman Bob Dorrian laying a wreath in front of the Stacey West Stand, which is named after Imps directors Bill Stacey and Jim West, who tragically died in the Bradford fire. Photo: Lincoln City FC

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