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psgmariner
April 15, 2015, 3:41pm

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Some interesting evidence about the former chairman here:

http://www.theguardian.com/football/2015/apr/15/bradford-fire-stafford-heginbotham-martin-fletcher

The obvious question is why he wouldn't wait till it was empty if he did have something to do with it.


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April 15, 2015, 3:53pm

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Very strange and why are we only hearing about this now.?


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April 15, 2015, 8:46pm

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Wow. I'm not one to support the tinfoil hat types (and I would have a hard time putting that label on the author... such tragedy he's endured), but I'll definitely be buying this book.


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April 15, 2015, 10:04pm

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Huge can of worms being opened...is he publishing now because there's little threat of a libel case against him and wants to put across his more informed opinion?


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April 15, 2015, 10:55pm
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Just said on the local BBC news that £27M was paid out in insurance claims for previous fires.

Official line is still that the Bradford fire was an accident and then negligence.

Why wait 30 years to bring in new evidence?

Why would anybody "consider" setting fire to a stand during a game?  You could get insurance setting fire to the stand when it was empty.
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April 15, 2015, 11:33pm

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You could but then it look rather suspicious if a stand caught fire during a non match day wouldn't you think.  Blame the fire on the fans?


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April 16, 2015, 12:35pm
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WHy are people questioning how long it has taken to come to light?  Hillsborough was covered up for many years as well, thats been proven now.  This, the Bradford thing, MUST be investigated/enquiry properly now just as Hillsborough is being
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April 16, 2015, 1:47pm
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The stand had no insurance value due to the fact it was up for demolition. It's a curious suggestion but there's nothing more to it I don't think. The evidence was pretty obvious at the time.
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Quoted from grimsby pete
Very strange and why are we only hearing about this now.?


Because some guy has a new book out and needs publicity. The other arson claims were investigated years ago.
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I can feel sympathy for the bloke in losing family in the fire but it seems pretty obvious that this is conspiracy theory based on personal motive. If the owner had wanted to raise money then setting a fire would not help in any way and the notion of him doing it on a match day is just ridiculous whatever his previous track record. The book seems to me to start with the conclusion that the fire was deliberate then work towards "proving" it and ignores the evidence that points in the sensible direction of accidental deaths. The only thing the chairman could be guilty of is having a stand with awful safety issues but in those days that applied to most clubs in lower leagues. Think about the Barrett Stand.


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