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Tigers Back Supporters' Efforts To Remember Bradford City Fire Victims


10:56 15th May 2014

Hull City fans and Arsenal fans are set to join together as one 56 minutes into Saturday’s FA Cup Final at Wembley to remember the victims of the Valley Parade fire.

Last weekend marked the 29th anniversary of the disaster, in which 56 people lost their lives after a fire took hold in the main stand as Bradford City played Lincoln City.

Although no official mark of remembrance has been planned for Saturday’s final, Hull City and Arsenal supporters will be holding a minute’s applause on 56 minutes, an idea that has gathered momentum through social media in recent days and one that is fully endorsed by all at the Tigers.

Partaking in that minute’s applause will be former Hull City and Arsenal star John Hawley, who was playing for Bradford City on the day of the fire.

“Occasions like the Bradford fire really put football in perspective,” said Hawley. 

“A day which should have been a celebration for Bradford fans became a horrific tragedy - I think it is fantastic of both sets of supporters to honour the memory of the 56 fans at The FA Cup Final.”

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