steve7e7
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20 Years Ago Today-The Bradford City Fire

Wed May 11, 2005 4:02 pm

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the devastating fire at Bradford City's Valley Parade football ground,which claimed the lives of 56 people.
Witnessing the events of that day at first hand certainly brought life into perspective for me and thankfully,valuable lessons were learned about safety in sports grounds the world over.

May those who perished continue to rest in peace.
 
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RE: 20 Years Ago Today-The Bradford City Fire

Wed May 11, 2005 4:26 pm

Its always sad when a topic like this is added  Sad

Like you have said, lets hope lessons HAVE been learned

RIP
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saintsman
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RE: 20 Years Ago Today-The Bradford City Fire

Wed May 11, 2005 7:18 pm

Have lessons been learnt?

You still go to some grounds and wonder how you would get out quickly if there was some sort of emergency. You can always go onto the pitch if you are on the lower tiers but the upper ones can take ages to get out. Imagine what it would be like if people were panicing and shoving etc.

Although a sad event, its good to be reminded of what happened - if only to make us think about not repeating it. RIP
 
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RE: 20 Years Ago Today-The Bradford City Fire

Wed May 11, 2005 7:59 pm

I remember that. I have the video of it. I've never seen a fire spread so fast!

Those poor people.

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RE: 20 Years Ago Today-The Bradford City Fire

Wed May 11, 2005 11:19 pm

"The cause of the fire is thought to have been the accidental dropping of a match or a cigarette stubbed out in a polystyrene cup and the resulting fire was fuelled by rubbish underneath the wooden stand."

Thank God that public opinion has finally swayed against smoking in public places. Now if we they can just keep the cigarette butts inside the car's ashtray instead of strewn all over the road.
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RE: 20 Years Ago Today-The Bradford City Fire

Wed May 11, 2005 11:20 pm

Quoting Saintsman (Reply 2):
Have lessons been learnt?

I think Paul Harward's article in the Telegraph today is a good answer to that particular question.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/mai...eet=/sport/2005/05/11/ixfooty.html
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RE: 20 Years Ago Today-The Bradford City Fire

Thu May 12, 2005 3:46 am

I remember the day very, very well, even though i was only 11 at the time. Like Steve7E7, who started this thread, I am a Bradfordian (though Steve now lives in Kent) and you cannot imagine how much it hurt the whole city. Everyone knew people who were at the game and sadly, a great number knew victims too, whether that be family, friends, neighbours or perhaps most tragically, classmates of the many children who died that day.

Let us also not forget the hundreds of people who suffered agonising burns and who still carry the physical and mental scars 20 years on.
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RE: 20 Years Ago Today-The Bradford City Fire

Thu May 12, 2005 5:33 am

Don't know how true this is, but I heard that shortly after the fire, the comedian Roy "Chubby" Brown was appearing onstage in Bradford, his opening line was something like "hey why didn't you invite me to your f@*%ing Barbeque ?" At that point one of the crowd jumped onstage and punched him in the face and knocked him out. The rest of the crowd walked out.

I remember it well too, but fortunately didn't know anyone involved.

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RE: 20 Years Ago Today-The Bradford City Fire

Thu May 12, 2005 5:45 am

Bradfordian here as well. One of my best friends would have been at that match had he not had an argument with his Dad. His Dad did go but luckily was OK. Sadly so many others weren't.

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