FOOTBALL united today as Premier and Football League clubs held a minute’s silence to mark the 30th anniversary of the Bradford City fire disaster.
England manager Roy Hodgson and FA chairman Greg Dyke were among the dignitaries at the wreath-laying ceremony at the Valley Parade memorial to honour the 56 who lost their lives on May 11,1985.
Barnsley captain Lewin Nyatanga also laid a wreath of 56 white roses prior to kick-off, accompanied to the centre circle by Bantams leader Stephen Darby.
There was also tremendous applause for the Bradford City fans who had made the two-day walk from Lincoln (City’s opponents on that fateful day) and the Barnsley supporters who had walked from Oakwell, including chief executive Ben Mansford, to help raise £300,000 for the Plastic Surgery and Burns Research Unit at the University of Bradford..
With both clubs safe in mid-table, the match itself had little relevance but it was Bradford who took the points from their final home match of the season.
It was a cracking goal from the game’s outstanding attacker in Jon Stead.
It came in the 17th minute as Billy Knott crossed from near halfway and Stead, on a diagonal run, sent his instep volley across Adam Davies and into the net.
Chances were limited for both sides but Barnsley’s response was poor as they operated for much of the game with just Jabo Ibehre up front.