The Forgotten Football Disaster

Ian

Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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6 Responses

  1. Chris says:

    Excellent article.

    I can distinctly remember that sad day and the way it was reported on Match of the Day that evening. The programme began with a simple white title on a black background – no music – followed by Jimmy Hill making reference to the terrible events at Bradford City.

    I also remember my sadness being compounded by the death at St Andrews and wondering how football would ever get over such a tragedy. It was frustrating in some ways that the Heysel Stadium disaster that occurred a few days later seemed to push the Bradford story out of many people’s collective conscience, and yet it was just as serious, just as fatal.

    As you quite rightly say, the modern game with all its positivity owes a lot to the tragedy that occurred back in 1985. A terrible lesson to learn, but one which caused many in the game to redress all that needed urgent improvement.

  2. Chris says:

    Sorry – a quick question you can delete after, if you like: could you tell me your email address so I can drop you a line?

    Thanks… Chris.

  3. Graham says:

    In the US the Fox network covered this with the delicate sensitivity they’re famous for…

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,,260303,00.html

  4. IANIANIAN says:

    Hi Chris,

    It’s twohundredpercent@hotmail.com

    (I trust my spam filter)

  5. Anonymous says:

    I am a fire steward for my company. The video of the Bradford Fire is used as training tool to demonstrate the speed and the sheer ferocity of fire. The fire service have to pre-face the video with a warning, as the video is pretty graphic.

    Ive seen it three times now, and it is still deeply unsettling.

    Good post, and an important reminder.

    LTJ

  6. Anonymous says:

    Thank you from a Bantam.

    While time may pass, we will never forget

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