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Memorial Service for the 30th anniversary of the Bradford City fire disaster

Bradford – Monday, May 11 marks the 30th anniversary of the Bradford City AFC fire disaster at Valley Parade. The Lord Mayor of Bradford Coun Mike Gibbons will attend the memorial service on Monday, 11 May to remember the 56 people who died the disaster in 1985. The Lincoln Mayor and Mayoress, Coun Brent Charlesworth and Coun Kathleen Brothwell, will represent the city of Lincoln at the event. Bradford City were playing Lincoln City in their last home match of the season in 1985 when the fire ripped through the…

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In Wenger we trust?

by Urban Echo reporter The Gunners’ faithful have been divided on the issue of whether Arsene Wenger is still the right man for Arsenal. Having been in charge of the north London side since 1996, there are many Arsenal fans who feel the club needs to move on from Wenger in order to win trophies consistently once again. Arsene Wenger always happens to be the subject to criticism when Arsenal face a dip in form by a minority of Arsenal fans and football pundits around the world. But does he…

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Is Van Gaal the right man for Man United?

By Urban Echo reporter aroosa@urban-echo.co.uk It is very easy to forget that Manchester United have never really done this before. Between and around the two long reigns of Matt Busby and Sir Alex Ferguson, there have mostly been low-profile appointments. Amongst those low profile appointments came David Moyes. Unfortunately he was unable to recreate what Sir Alex Ferguson magically created over the years. So, United have now done, what they perhaps should have done a year ago and gone for the type of coach who can easily slot into a…

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The Greatest? Messi or Ronaldo?

Since Cristiano Ronaldo arrived in Real Madrid for £80million in 2009, it has been the eternal question: who is better – Messi or Ronaldo? Years have gone by and more than five years later we still don’t have a definite answer, a preference for one or the other largely comes down to personal opinion. As Real Madrid’s forward Cristiano Ronaldo won the Ballon d’Or world footballer of the year award for the second year in a row. The “who is the greatest of all time” debate began again. The Portuguese…

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Bradford City drawn at home to Sunderland or Fulham in the fifth round

Following their amazing win at Chelsea at the weekend, Phil Parkinson’s Bantams have been given a home tie with either Premier League side Sunderland or Championship club Fulham following Monday’s F.A Cup Fifth Round draw. Sunderland and Fulham will meet again at Craven Cottage a week on Tuesday after drawing 0-0 in their original fourth round tie at Stadium of Light on Saturday. The draw was shown live in the club’s 1911 Club in front of join-chairman Mark Lawn, a selection of players and supporters, plus members of the media….

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Bantams to face the mighty Chelsea in FA Cup

Bradford City delivered a five star performance last night to demolish 10 man Millwall FC 4-0 in their FA Cup third round replay at Valley Parade. City, League Cup finalists in 2013, dominated their Championship visitors, scoring three first-half goals after defender Mark Beevers was sent off. An estimated crowd of 12,000 were in for a special treat by Phil Parkinson’s men who started the match with confidence and a desire to quickly overcome their opponents. Millwall were reduced to ten men after only five minutes when Mark Beevers was…

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THE START OF THE END? IT IS NOW…

By Aroosa Munir As Liverpool fans wake up to the news that Steven Gerrard will no longer be a player at the Merseyside club next season, Urban Echo asked the question last month… Could the unthinkable happen? Is Steven Gerrard not good enough for his boyhood club anymore? As the superpowers of Steven Gerrard which Liverpool fans grew up watching are slowly disappearing with age, the criticism is mounting, but when it comes to truly pivotal moments in matches, Steven Gerrard is still the right man for the big occasion….

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THE RISE OF CHELSEA FOOTBALL CLUB

By Aroosa Munir Chelsea spearhead the football headlines once again by dominating the Premier League with their four-point lead at the top, and it is sure making them look like a fine bet to win the title. Chelsea have won ten and drawn two of their first 12 league matches. The win against West Brom was their 18th unbeaten game since the start of the season in all competitions. They’ve taken 32 points from a possible 36, ironically had it not been for Frank Lampard’s untimely equaliser at the Etihad…

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A BANTAMS PROSPECTIVE

By Ansar Javed For a true footy fan, the war between the Roses that took place centuries ago in the medieval times is very important. The milestone that marks the territory in between them is territorially marked with dirty water by the hound supporters of both sides. Such a bitter following can also be seen at a match in a local Derby, where neighbours living in one street, become martyrs or traitors just by wearing a different coloured scarf. Cities such as Manchester become two nation footballing arenas in their…

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