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The blaze that killed 56 football fans at Bradford City’s Valley Parade ground in 1985 was just one of at least nine fires at businesses owned by or associated with the club’s then chairman, according to extraordinary evidence published for the first time.
It was when the raging flames hit and ignited the stand's asphalt, tarpaulin and bitumen roof that the grey smoke became jet black.
originally posted by: stormcell
It would explain why rubbish had accumulated underneath the stands - he was too cheap to maintain the stands. That was a similar to the fire in the London underground that killed so many. The plastic trash that accumulated underneath an escalator ignited and generated carbon monoxide that killed everyone that went near. Look at all that black smoke - that's definitely plastic.
originally posted by: Britguy
Back then, as today, "pillars of the community" such as the chairman, business leaders, politicians and senior police all moved in the same circles, looking out for each other.
originally posted by: Rocker2013
I was only about 8 when this happened, but I remember it, and I remember the anger of my parents. They thought back then that Stafford Heginbotham should have been arrested for massive negligence. It's still shocking now to think that the man ultimately responsible never saw any damn punishment..
1.) I agree;
2.) "They say that "they hate us for our freedoms!" So I guess our governments are right to destroy all our freedoms for us so were no longer a target? Thanks Obama those pesky freedoms were like a target on my back."
wonderful, puts 911 and everything that's happened since into one sentence. thank you
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The Valley Parade fire was one of a series of terrible events at football grounds that transformed the sport. The Popplewell Inquiry recommended banning the construction of new wooden stands, closing down those deemed unsafe and banning smoking in old wooden stands.
The Bradford fire was shortly followed by the Heysel disaster, when on May 29 in the same year 39 football fans were killed at the Belgian stadium when a wall collapsed before the European Cup final between Juventus and Liverpool. Then on April 15, 1989, 96 Liverpool fans were killed at Hillsborough stadium in Shef-field, crushed to death while their team played Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup semi-final.
After Heysel stricter rules were introduced to keep out the hooligans. After Hillsborough, and the Taylor Report, clubs in the top two divisions were required to have all-seater stadiums while pitchside fencing was removed and CCTV cameras introduced.
In just a few years football was transformed - and not just its grounds. The change in the sport was exemplified by the change from the old First Division to the Premiership in 1992, and the first of the TV deals that has since brought billions of pounds into the game. Whatever started the fire that day it began a chain of events that have made football almost unrecognisable from the sport Martin Fletcher's lost relatives enjoyed so much.
The footage of the Bradford disaster demonstrates repeated acts of valour by policemen on duty and by the many fans who returned to haul the injured away from the terrible heat.
One of the people who has contacted Martin in the past few days did so to tell him his father was working as a painter and decorator at Tebro Toys, Heginbotham’s company, before the blaze that ripped through the building in 1977. On the evening of the fire, his father always remembered Heginbotham telling him it “might be best if he takes all his tools home as they might not be safe left in the building”.
To McCall, the verdict of inquiry judge Sir Oliver Popplewell, who declared the fire had probably been started by a stray match, cigarette or pipe tobacco slipping through gaps on the floor on to a build-up of litter, remains the most likely cause of the tragedy.
I remember the coroner telling me it was obvious how the fire had started. Detective Inspector Raymond Falconer actually identified a man who had dropped a lit cigarette that went down a hole in the stand and started the fire.
This corroborates what I was told at the time by the coroner. He said it was believed the fire had been started by a man, visiting this country from Australia, but his name was never revealed.
....I saw some sort of flash and just presumed someone had set a flare off. Then around that area people started to get a little agitated. As the investigation stated later they considered that the accumulated rubbish under the stands had caught fire and it had spread like a 'wildfire' beneath the stands. The speed of the conflagration then had me dumbstruck.
The song entered the charts at number four before reaching the number one spot on June 1st 1985. Having decided to collect the money and donate it as a lump sum to the fire disaster fund, Marsden was shocked to discover that the appeal had been closed, and the organisers had told him that they didn’t want the money. In the end, the money was donated instead to the burns research unit in Bradford.
The music publishers of the record refused to waive their royalties, resulting in a much-reduced donation of £132,000.