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Poem number 18 for April 2015.  “The blaze that killed 56 football fans at Bradford City’s Valley Parade ground in 1985 was just one of at least nine fires at businesses owned by or associated with the club’s then chairman, according to extraordinary evidence published for the first time”.

No Smoke

the old ground

the turnstiles

the fathers

the sons

the tickets

the rows of seats

 

The final match of the season

Bradford versus Lincoln

A celebration of promotion

The trophy presented pre-match

 

the railings

the spikes

the terraces

 

Wooden stands painted in claret

A festive atmosphere

A relaxed first half

 

the smell

the smoke

the chants

 

At first just a feint smell of smoke

People still singing

Men eating pies

The crowd retreats

to the back of the stand

People chatting

Then thicker smoke

 

the disbelief

the panic

the running

the rush

the crush

the stairwells

the corridors

the flames above

the amber

the blackness

 

The game goes on until the flames are visible

The crowd in the stand heads for the stairwells

The corridors under the stand are packed

The wooden structure above is engulfed

The turnstiles are locked

Nowhere to go

 

the rescuers

the scars

the charred

the screams

the 56 dead

 

eight or more fires

at businesses of

Bradford’s then-chairman

Stafford Heginbotham

insurance claims

worth twenty seven million

 

the warnings

the previous

the insurance

the truth

 

http://www.theguardian.com/football/2015/apr/16/bradford-fire-secretary-supporters-club

Copyright Mike Hopkins 2015

Sensational Signings

Posted: September 1, 2012 in football, poetry, video
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Huge hoo ha in England over sensational signings of multi million pound men.