Premier League clubs to mark 30 years since Bradford City disaster

All 20 Premier Clubs will pause for a minute's silence this weekend to remember the 56 people who lost their lives in the Bradford City fire 30 years ago.

All the league's clubs will, for 60 seconds at least, forget about their individual pursuits, whether that be closing on league titles or battling against relegation, to commemorate all those who were affected by the tragic events on May 11 1985.

Of the 56 people who lost their lives going to a football match that day, two were supporters of Lincoln City - Bradford City’s opponents on its last game of the season - and 11 were children. Hundreds more spectators were injured in the disaster.

In solidarity with the Bantams, who won a place in the hearts of neutrals up and down the country when they came from 2-0 down to beat Jose Mourinho's champions-elect Chelsea 4-2 in the FA Cup earlier this year, all Premier League fixtures across the weekend will be preceded with a minute’s silence to mark City's final home game of the season 30 years on.

In a statement, Peter McCormick, acting Premier League chairman, said it is right and proper to recognise 'one of the most terrible tragedies ever to strike English football'.

He said: "It will be forever remembered by all football fans not only for the loss of the life but also for the many acts of bravery by the emergency services and the fans themselves.”

The Premier League also took the opportunity to 'restate its commitment' to the safety of fans, who it said 'should never again be exposed to the kind of risks that led to the Bradford tragedy'.

League chiefs are also fundraising for Bradford City's chosen charity, the Bradford University Plastic Surgery and Burns Research Unit. In January the League made a donation of £25,000 and continues with support for Bradford City’s fundraising efforts throughout April. The Premier League will match the donations raised through bucket collections at the grounds of its member clubs across the commemorative April weekend.

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