Lincoln City vs Bradford Fire Valley Parada Fire Memorial Game

Lincoln’s LNER Stadium will play host to a “very important” Lincoln City vs Bradford City memorial charity game, honouring the victims of the 1985 Valley Parade Fire.

The game, on Sunday, October 8th, will see Lincoln City FPA (Former Players’ Association) take on Bradford City Veterans in a first of its kind memorial fixture.

Lincoln FPA Chairman, Gavin Gordon, said: “It’s very important for me, personally,” adding, “I want it to be as good as it can be.”

Gavin said: “We want to show our appreciation to the people who sadly lost their lives.”

The tragic fire claimed 56 lives, including Imps’ fans Bill Stacey and Jim West, who are the namesake of the LNER Stadium’s Stacey West Stand.

The game will see former professional players line-up on both sides. Gavin said: “The squads have a good mixture and people should know one or two of the players from both squads. If you come down you’ll get entertained and meet some former players.”

The former Lincoln City forward said: “I’ve come together with the Mayor of Lincoln Biff Bean and we’ve tried to arrange a game, which we have done.”

Lincoln City’s LNER Stadium will host the historic game.

Mayor Biff Bean has worked with Gavin to organise the event. He said: “We’re looking forward to it and hopefully the people of Lincoln come out, enjoy the football and support the charities.”

All money raised will go to four charities: Lincoln City Foundation, Bradford Cinderella Club, Bradford Burns Unit and the Dog’s Trust. The Mayor described the charities as a “good mixture”, recognising charities in both Lincoln and Bradford.

The Mayor of Lincoln added: “We’re really thankful for Lincoln City allowing us to put this historic event on.”

Gavin Gordon hopes the match will be a stepping-stone to an annual event that remembers the Valley Parade Fire, as 2025’s 40th Anniversary approaches.