Valley Parade photos: 1980s

Welcome to my blog where you will find features about the history of football in Bradford – in particular about Bradford City AFC – a number of which have been published in the BCAFC matchday programme.

The drop down menu above provides links to articles as well as sundry book reviews. I am also uploading an irregular series of online albums recording various themes, typically archive photographs or Bradford City and Bradford Park Avenue memorabilia from my own collection.

These photographs feature Valley Parade in the first half of the 1980s, before the disaster of 1985. The colour photos were taken by myself ahead of the League (Milk) Cup tie with Sheffield United in August, 1983 and the sponsor’s promotional giant milk bottle can be seen in the centre circle. The B/W image features the gale damage to the ground in 1981.


Pictured below in front of the Kop in August, 1977 the late Peter Downsborough.

1977 Downsborough

This was taken of the Bradford End on the day of the Valley Parade disaster, 11th May 1985.

Other archive images of Valley Parade from these links:

The development of Valley Parade, 1886-1908 – includes a history of the early development of the ground.

Valley Parade photos from the 1970s

Valley Parade photos from the 1980s

Photos of the rebuilding of Valley Parade in 1986 – Part 1

Valley Parade photos from the 1990s

Valley Parade of today (photos taken by myself at the Stephen Darby Testimonial July, 2019)

More photos of today’s Valley Parade (photos taken by myself at the Salford City fixture in December, 2019)

Other galleries to follow with links updated from here.

John Dewhirst

I have written widely about the history of sport in Bradford – Links here to my online articles – and I am involved with the VINCIT online journal that covers the history of Bradford sport with articles written by a number of enthusiasts:

My most recent article on VINCIT tells the long forgotten story of Shipley FC.

Another tells the story of the origins of women’s football in Bradford updated with additional images since originally published in September, 2018.

Updates to this site will be tweeted: @jpdewhirst