All matches in the Premier and Football Leagues on the weekend of April 25/26 will be preceded by a minute’s silence to mark the 30th anniversary of the Bradford Fire Disaster in which 56 supporters lost their lives and hundreds more were injured.
The date, on which Huddersfield Town host Blackburn Rovers, coincides with Bradford City’s last home match of the season (against Barnsley), when the club traditionally mark the anniversary of the disaster which occurred on May 11, 1985.
The Football Association, Premier League and Football League will also support efforts to help raise £300,000 for the Plastic Surgery and Burns Research Unit at the University of Bradford.
Football League chief executive Shaun Harvey, said: “This period of silence will give fans across the country the opportunity to remember the terrible events that occurred at Valley Parade back in 1985 and, in particular, the supporters of Bradford City and Lincoln City who lost their lives.
“The disaster’s impact continues to resonate within the Bradford community and within football and we must ensure the lessons learned from it are never forgotten.”
Premier League Chairman Peter McCormick said: “The Bradford Fire was one of the most terrible tragedies ever to strike English football.
“It will be forever remembered by all football fans not only for the loss of life but also for the many acts of bravery by the emergency services and the fans themselves.
Football Association chairman Greg Dyke said “Next May it will be 30 years since the terrible tragedy.
“It is important that football comes together to remember those who lost their lives.”