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Bradford City fire 'was not an accident': New book claims former chairman of club was linked to EIGHT other blazes before tragedy which killed 56 football fans in 1985 - with payouts worth £27million today

Tragedy: The fire at Bradford City's Valley Parade claimed 56 victims and injured 265 on May 11, 1985

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disaster | Bradford City Football Club Fire Disaster 11 May 1985 Fifty six people were killed

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Bradford City fans pay tribute to the 56 supporters who died in the fire disaster at Valley Parade.

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Revealed: former Bradford chairman linked to at least eight fires before Valley Parade disaster

Bradford City’s main stand burns while fans gather on the pitch at Valley Parade, where they had come to see their team celebrate promotion from the old Third Division. 1985

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Bradford fire: Labour’s Andy Burnham calls for fresh investigation

Exit gates in the main stand at Bradford City's Valley Parade stadium, where 56 people died in 1985.

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.

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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.

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Valley Parade disaster: Survivor of Bradford City fire Martin Fletcher

Crowds on the pitch at Valley Parade stadium after the stand caught fire on 11 May 1985. The disaster killed 56 supporters

May 20, 1985: Princess Diana during a visit to the Special Burns unit at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield, where she saw some of the casualties of the Bradford City fire disaster.

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