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Junior Blues Co-ordinator
Dec 27, 2007
31 years ago today, remember it so clearly and thinking then, there but for the grace of God. The stand was so similar in many ways to our East Stand, which was where I used to watch Southend from back then. There was rubbish underneath in exactly the same way and people smoked back then, stubbing their ciggies out on the wooden floor. It could so easily have happened at any of hundreds of stadia, but unfortunately and tragically, it was Bradford's Valley Parade.

The changes to behaviour in grounds which arose from it were necessary and why so many of us STILL despise flares and smoke bombs, something which the younger supporters don't seem to understand at all.

I can't abide Parkinson, but still stand willingly shoulder to shoulder with Bradford supporters in their memories and tributes today.