BantamsPast, in association with Friends of Bradford City, are proud to present a special evening celebrating our beloved home, Valley Parade. The event is being held on Thursday 3 November in the Legends Suite at Valley Parade, with some exciting guests lined up.
This time 30 years ago, Bradford City was still recovering from the devastating Fire disaster of 1985, and playing home games at Odsal stadium. It was an unhappy state of affairs, with crowds dwindling and the players and manager not enjoying playing at a stadium that simply wasn’t built for football.
Yet a return to Valley Parade was far from a given, with Bradford Council attempting to persuade the club into staying at Odsal, tempting them with grand plans to it into the Wembley of the North by redeveloping the stadium. The will of Bradford City supporters was to go back to their home, and finally in December 1986 – 30 years ago – the club returned to a rebuilt Valley Parade. The first game back an emotional-filled friendly against an England XI managed by the late Bobby Robson.
To reflect on this unique anniversary and to look back at the dramatic modern history of Bradford City that has followed the return home, we’d love you to attend. We’ll be running a question and answer session with our panel of guests that include:
James Mason – head of operations at Bradford City since 2014, and key figurehead in continuing to drive affordable football at Valley Parade.
Terry Dolan – assistant manager when City returned to Valley Parade, and manager during the famous ‘nearly season’ of 1987/88.
Ian Ormondroyd – much-loved player of two spells at Bradford City, including playing in the nearly season and the unforgettable Wembley promotion of 1996.
Simon Parker – Telegraph & Argus Bradford City reporter for the last 16 years.
John Dewhirst – City Gent co-founder, author of multiple books including A History of BCAFC in Objects and the recently published Room at the Top.
Jason McKeown – editor of Width of a Post, author of Reinventing Bradford City.
We hope to be able to confirm some more very special guests soon, so watch this space!
The evening is £5 to attend, or £10 including a pie and peas supper. The entry fee is purely to cover the costs of running the night, and any profit will be donated to the Burns Unit. To order your ticket click here.
We really hope to see you there.