Leeds United fans urged to back fire disaster anniversary event

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Leeds United fans are being urged to back a fundraiser marking the 30th anniversary of the Bradford City fire disaster.

Members of the Bradford branch of the Leeds United Supporters’ Club have organised Sunday’s commemorative event.

Taking place at Field Sports and Social Club, in Lidget Green, Bradford, it will run from 2pm until late.

The event, which is being attended by former players Terry Yorath and Wayne Jacobs, will raise money for the Bradford Burns Unit and Leeds Children’s Hospital.

Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post last month, co-organiser Danny Priestley said: “The response we have already had has been amazing.

“Now we’re hoping as many people as possible will turn out.”

The day will include a junior football match, penalty shootout and a charity auction featuring items from clubs such as Arsenal and Rangers.

Balloons will be released in memory of the 56 victims of the Bradford fire of May 11, 1985, as well as 15-year-old fan Ian Hambridge, who died on the same day during violence at a game between Leeds and Birmingham City.

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