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Bradford City Stadium Fire

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The Bradford City stadium fire was the worst fire disaster in the history of football. It occurred during a league match, on Saturday, 11 May 1985, killing 56 and injuring at least 265.

Never to be forgotten

ACKROYD, John Douglas 32 Baildon
ANDERTON, Edmund 68 Bingley
BAINES, Alexander Shaw 70 Bradford
BAMFORD, Herbert 72 Bradford
BULMER, Christopher James 11 Burley-in-Wharfedale
COXON, Jack Leo 76 Bradford
COXON, Leo Anthony 44 Halifax
CRABTREE, David James 30 Bradford
CRABTREE, Harry 76 Bradford
DEMPSEY, Derek 46 Morley
FIRTH, Muriel 56 Baildon
FIRTH, Samuel 86 Bradford
FLETCHER, Andrew 11 East Bridgford, Nottinghamshire
FLETCHER, Edmond 63 Pudsey
FLETCHER, John 34 East Bridgford, Nottingham
FLETCHER, Peter 32 Gildersome
FORSTER, Nellie 64 Bradford
GREENWOOD, Felix Winspear 13 Denholme
GREENWOOD, Peter 46 Denholme
GREENWOOD, Rupert Benedict 11 Denholme
HALL, Norman 71 Bradford
HALLIDAY, Peter Anthony 34 Bradford
HARTLEY, Arthur 79 Bradford
HINDLE, Edith 79 Bradford
HINDLE, Frederick 76 Bradford
HODGSON, Moira Helen 15 Oakenshaw
HUDSON, Eric 72 Bingley

HUGHES, John 64 Bradford
HUTTON, John 74 Bradford
KERR, Walter 76 Bradford
LOVELL, Peter Charles 43 Bradford
LUDLAM, Jack 55 Bradford
McPHERSON, Gordon Stuart 39 Bradford
McPHERSON, Irene 28 Bradford
MASON, Roy 74 Silsden
MIDDLETON, Frederick Norman 84 Bradford
MITCHELL, Harold 79 Bradford
MUHL, Elizabeth 21 Leeds
NORMINGTON, Ernest 74 Shipley
ORMONDROYD, Gerald Priestley 40 Bingley
ORMONDROYD, Richard John 12 Bingley
ORMONDROYD, Robert Ian 12 Bingley
POLLARD, Sylvia Lund 69 Bradford
PRICE, Herbert 78 Shipley
ROBERTS, Amanda Jayne 20 Bradford
SAMPSON, Jane 18 Leeds
STACEY, William 72 Sleaford, Lincolnshire
STOCKMAN, Craig Albert 14 Bradford
STOCKMAN, Jane Ashley 16 Bradford
STOCKMAN, Trevor John 38 Brighouse
TURNER, Howard Malcolm 41 Bingley
TURNER, Sarah Elizabeth 16 Bingley
WARD, Simon Neil 18 Shipley
WEDGEWORTH, Robert 72 Guiseley
WEST, William James 78 North Hykeham, Lincoln
WRIGHT, Adrian Mark 11 Bradford

We would appreciated if during the course of your learning about the crowd related incident at the Bradford City stadium, you visit the bradfordcityfire website. This will assist you in gaining an understanding the impact this event had on the family, community, club, country and the use of stadiums within the United Kingdom.


Remembrance Website

Bradford City Fire

Making sure the stories and memories of that fateful day in 1985 are not lost


Chronicle Live – The day a city’s football stadium became what one newspaper called The Valley of Death

One of the survivors of the 1985 Bradford City stadium fire recalls his escape as a play about it heads for Newcastle

BBC News – Bradford fire: The Valley Parade disaster 30 years on

“People didn’t die because of fires at football grounds. It was unprecedented.”

FireService – The Bradford City Football Fire

Saturday 11th May 1985 was supposed to be a day of celebration for Bradford fans; it was the first match after being promoted to the second division after winning the third division championship for the first time since before the Second World War. Just before the kick off the Bradford City captain Peter Jackson had been presented with the Third Division Championship trophy.

Independent – Bradford City stadium fire: The untold stories of the 1985 fire that devastated Valley Parade

Thirty years after football’s ‘forgotten tragedy’, the truth of what exactly happened when 56 people died in a fire at Bradford City’s Valley Parade stadium remains elusive

BBC – On This Day – 1985: Fans killed in Bradford stadium fire

At least 52 people are known to have died and many are missing after fire engulfed the Bradford City football stadium.

BBC News – Bradford City fire ‘started by cigarette’

A former detective, who was part of the team investigating the Bradford City Fire in 1985, has told the BBC that the police have always known the identity of the person who may have accidentally started the fire.


Committee of Inquery into the Crowd and Control at Sports Grounds Interim Report

Committee of Inquery into the Crowd and Control at Sports Grounds Final Report

Treatment of burns casualties after fire at Bradford City football

Dr David Uzzell Planning for Emergency Behaviours

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