Town supporters are planning their own tribute to the 56 fans who lost their lives in the Bradford City fire disaster.
As the world of football prepares to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the tragedy, supporters’ group North Stand Loyal has announced plans to mark the solemn occasion.
There will be a minute’s silence at all Football League and Premier League matches on the weekend of April 25 and 26.
North Stand Loyal, the group promoting the new ‘singing stand’ behind the goal at the John Smith’s Stadium, has produced a series of Town flags and banners.
It launched an on-line appeal to raise £300 to commission a special commemorative banner for the home game against Blackburn.
But within hours there had been two offers from fans to pay for the banner and donations will instead go to Bradford City Community Foundation’s Burns Unit Appeal.
The specialist research unit was set up at Bradford University on the 25th anniversary of the disaster in 2010.
The Valley Parade stadium fire, often described as a “forgotten tragedy”, happened during a game between Bradford and Lincoln City on May 11, 1985.
Fifty-six people died and at least 265 were injured. The fire is believed to have started when a dropped cigarette set litter ablaze under the seats of the main, wooden stand.
The disaster led to a major review of safety standards and the building of new wooden grandstands was outlawed.
The captain of Bradford City that day was former Town defender and manager Peter Jackson.
Before the game he had been presented with the Division Three trophy as fans celebrated winning their first silverware in 56 years.
North Stand Loyal spokesman Graham Ellis said Town fans wanted to put traditional rivalries aside and show their respect.
“We decided to set up a Just Giving page to raise £300 to pay for a banner for the Blackburn game but two people came forward straight away offering to pay for one,” he said.
“Money had already started to come in so we decided to leave the page running and all the money will go to the Burns Unit.”
Within 48 hours more than £1,000 had been pledged.
Town fan Dominic White has drawn up an initial design and Graham said: “We want it to be simple and respectful and big enough to be seen around the ground.
“This is Bradford City’s day and we want to show our solidarity and work with the City fans to make sure our response is appropriate.
“No one should go to a football match and not come home.”
To donate go to www.justgiving.com/Huddersfield-Town-Supporters