Following the demolition of the original Midland Road stand in 1952 the ground remained essentially three-sided until the new stand was constructed in 1996. The shed that existed previously had been ‘upgraded’ in 1986 but remained recognisable to what had stood prior to the fire disaster. The shed was well known for its basic TV gantry.
The shed staged its last game for a friendly between Bradford City and Feyenoord on 28th May, 1996 to celebrate the club’s Wembley Play-Off success two days before. (The steelwork for the Midland Road stand was purchased by Barrow AFC who intended to use it to erect a goal end cover thereby making the Holker Street ground four sided. That stand was never developed however and the steel later disappeared during the course of the club’s financial difficulties and subsequent insolvency shortly after it was acquired.)
The new stand was used for the first time on 26th December, 1996 and was formally opened by HM The Queen on 27th March, 1997 who was visiting Bradford for the city’s centenary celebrations.
Pictured below the shed during its final game and on the occasion of an earlier fixture with the improvised TV gantry facilities on its roof.
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 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.
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