Fifty-Six: The Story of the Bradford Fire by Martin Fletcher

By Martin Fletcher

On could eleven 1985, fifty-six humans died in a devastating hearth at Bradford City's previous Valley Parade flooring. It used to be actually bad, a startling story—and absolutely avoidable—but it had in basic terms the briefest of inquiries, and it appeared its classes weren't learned.

Twelve-year-old Martin Fletcher used to be at Valley Parade that day, celebrating Bradford's promoting to the second one flight, together with his dad, brother, uncle and grandfather. Martin used to be the single certainly one of them to outlive the fire—the greatest loss suffered by way of a unmarried kin in any British soccer disaster.

In later years, Martin dedicated himself to widely investigating how the catastrophe used to be brought on, its tradition of institutional overlook and the government's basic indifference in the direction of soccer fans' safeguard on the time. This ebook tells the gripping, striking in-depth tale of a boy's unthinkable loss following a spring afternoon at a soccer fit, of ways fifty-six humans may possibly die at a video game, and of the truths he unearthed as an grownup. this is often the story—thirty years on—of the catastrophe soccer hasn't ever accurately acknowledged.

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