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Barnsley Fans To Walk To Bradford To Commemorate Tragic Fire's Anniversary

Thursday April 16 2015




BARNSLEY fans are uniting to tackle a 23.9-mile charity walk in memory of the Valley Parade fire disaster.

The Barnsley Football Club Supporters’ Trust and the West Stand Bogs Fanzine are working together to walk to Bradford City's home in memory of the 56 football fans who tragically never made it home in 1985.

When Bradford host Barnsley at Valley Parade on April 25, it will be 30 years since a fire engulfed the stadium's main stand.

The charity walk - aiming to raise money for the Plastic Surgery and Burns Research Unit - will also help Barnsley charity Jaxon’s Gift.

Paul Gallagher, chairman of the supporters' trust, said: "The fire will always go down as one of the saddest days in football history. Nobody should fail to make it home from a football match and we’re honoured that ourselves and our fanzine are working together to make a difference for this anniversary.

"We encourage as many supporters as possible to get involved or make a donation to this great cause."

A number of the Reds' staff will also be taking part in the charity walk, including chief executive Ben Mansford.

He said: "In what was such a tragic event for the world of football, we're proud to see so many Barnsley fans get behind the charity walk and raise money for two fantastic causes.

"It’s going to be a big challenge for all who are taking part but it’s one that we’re looking forward to and we hope to see as many Reds fans as possible on the starting line."

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