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Theatre production honours Bradford City fire victims

It has been an amazing year so far for Bradford City Football Club. Next month, they will play in an FA Cup quarter final for the first time in nearly 40 years. But this year marks another milestone - the 30th anniversary of the Valley Parade fire.

Theatre company FYSA Theatre is putting on a play, '56' created from the testimonies of more than 70 people.

Director Matt Stevens-Woodhead told Calendar why a preview for families of the victims on March 7 will be so special.


Bantams owner: We've got a shot at Wembley

Bradford City co-owner Mark Lawn believes the Bantams now have a real chance at getting to Wembley after they were drawn at home to Reading in the FA Cup quarter finals.

The tie pits City boss Phil Parkinson up against his former side and, despite admitting that they are still the underdogs, Lawn is confident that his manager can plot another cup upset:

Bradford draw Reading in FA Cup Quarter final

Bradford City have been drawn against Reading at home in the FA Cup quarter finals.

Bradford's Billy Clarke celebrates the opening goal in the Bantams win over Sunderland Credit: Press Association

The Bantams have been rewarded with a tie against Championship opposition after they overcame Premier League Sunderland 2-0 at home at the weekend.

Reading beat Derby 2-1 at the weekend to secure their place in the last eight.


'Wembley is ours' claim Bantams faithful

"Bring them on" is the cry from every Bradford City fan at the prospect of more Premier League challenges in the FA Cup.

After watching their team dispatch Sunderland at Valley Parade, the Bantams faithful are just one game away from a trip to Wembley and are relishing the prospect of more big name scalps:

Clarke: Sunderland weren't on the ball

Bradford City's Billy Clarke says he sensed a nervousness in Sunderland ahead of today's FA Cup Fourth Round tie.

Clarke: Sunderland weren't on the ball

The Irishman's shot deflected off compatriot John O'Shea and into the Sunderland man's net to open the scoring, and Clarke says he thought the Teesiders were nervous taking to the Valley Parade pitch.

"A little bit, yes. They weren't as on the ball as I thought they would be and I was getting in acres of space in the first half, well both halves really. We exploited what we set out to do and our game plan worked a treat."

Knott: Fans were a twelfth man

Bradford City man Billy Knott has praised his team's fans after their win over Sunderland.

Bradford City man Billy Knott has praised his team's fans after their win over Sunderland.

"The fans were great today, they were like the twelfth man out there."

He praised the manager and thanked Sunderland fans who clapped him at the end.

Asked about playing at Wembley Knott replied:

"It's every boy's dream. So the next game is like a final, really. The team will be celebrating tonight, but focussed for the game on Wednesday."

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