1985 The Bradford City stadium fire was the worst fire disaster in the history of football. It occurred during a league match in front of record numbers of spectators, on Saturday, 11 May , killing 56 and injuring at least 265.
When one thinks of tragedies in English football history, the likes of Munich, Heysel and Hillsborough rightly spring to mind. What happened at Bradford on 11 May 1985 should never be forgotten either. Lessons have been learned from that terrible day, and happily stadiums are so much safer now than in the pre-Premier League era. The Valley Parade fire disaster claimed the lives of 56 fans.