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Roy Hodgson and Greg Dyke to pay tribute to Bradford fire victims

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Image caption Roy Hodgson will be joined at Valley Parade by FA Chairman Greg Dyke

England manager Roy Hodgson will attend Bradford City's final home game of the season on Saturday to mark the 30th anniversary of the Valley Parade fire.

The blaze, which killed 56 people, broke out during a match between Bradford and Lincoln City at the stadium on 11 May 1985.

A minute's silence will precede all Premier League and Football League games at the weekend.

FA chairman Greg Dyke will also attend Bradford's game against Barnsley.

The Football Association, Premier League and Football League are supporting efforts to help raise £300,000 for the Plastic Surgery and Burns Research Unit at the University of Bradford.

In November, when the minute's silence was announced, Mr Dyke said: "It is important that football comes together to mark the tragedy and remember those who lost their lives.

"The Football Association sends its sincere condolences to those families and friends affected by the tragedy."

In addition to the minute's silence at matches on 25 April, the official commemoration will include a service of civic remembrance in Centenary Square, Bradford, on Monday 11 May.

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