Posted: 5/11/2010


      As you all know May Day is the international distress call, coming from the french M'Aide-help me!  On Saturday and Sunday there were cries of help at the bottom of the divisions in the Football League, and joy at the top and for Chelsea 8-0 winners over Wigan and the new EPL Champions, and for Leeds United, promoted to The Championship after 3 years in the wilderness.

     Grimsby Town went down from The Football League to the Blue Square Conference after 85 years, and their fans behaved badly at their last game at the Pirelli Stadium, home of Burton Albion, who came up from The Conference at the beginning of the season. Darlington had alreday been relegated from the Football League. Peterborough United, Plymouth Argyle, and Sheffield Wednesday went down to Division 1, and Gillingham, Wycombe Wanderers, Southend United and Stockport County to Division II.

    There will be a new stadium next season for Chesterfield FC the town with the twisted spire. The Spireites have played at the oldest continuously used stadium in the Football League for 139 seasons, at it was a relic, if a loved one. I was there last year in its wooden main stand and you always worry about a fire or other disaster. In their final match at home to AFC Bournemouth thye came from behind to win 2-1 in front of a capacity crowd. The new stadium at Wittington Moor will have the name b2net stadium.

     It was a sad morning in the centre of Bradford today. On May 11th, 25 years ago Bradford City were playing their last home match of the season against Lincoln City, and were to parade the League championship trophy of then League III in front of their fans at half time. Their very old wooded main stand caught fire and within 4 minutes was destroyed with 56 dead and over 220 injured. See my previous blogs: 10/25/2006, Death in the Afternoon: and 5/11/2009, Valley Parade.   I joined the Mayor of Bradford in his crimson robe and cocked hat and thousands more at Millenium Square outside the City Hall and the Hamm Memorial sculpture to remember those who died, those who were injured and to grieve with the families, supporters of the Bantams, and the general public on a sunny day.