Imps commemorate Bradford fire disaster

Lincoln City will hold a special tribute to remember the 56 people who lost their lives in the Bradford fire disaster ahead of Saturday’s match against Colchester at Sincil Bank.

54 Bradford City supporters and lifelong Imps Bill Stacey and Jim West lost their lives in the disaster at Valley Parade in Bradford on May 11, 1985. The Stacey West Stand at Sincil Bank is named after the Lincoln duo.

Over 250 people were also injured in the Valley Parade disaster.

Lincoln City vice-chairman Roger Bates, Imps FPA chairman Trevor Swinburne and lifelong City supporter Chris Ashton, who was at Valley Parade on the day of the tragedy, will be leading a special tribute to the 56.

A wreath will be laid by representatives of the club. The tribute will conclude in front of the Stacey West Stand.

The club is encouraging all supporters to be in their seats for 2.45pm on Saturday, May 4 in order to pay respects to those who were affected by the disaster.

The match against Colchester will be the final league game of what has been a superb season for the Imps, who won the League Two title.