The return of familiar routines

On 14th August, 2021 Valley Parade staged its first attended competitive fixture since 29th February, 2020, a gap of 532 days caused by Covid lockdown restrictions. Whilst unprecedented, the exile arising in the aftermath of the Valley Parade fire disaster was nevertheless longer (582 days from 11th May, 1985 until the re-opening of the ground on 14th December, 1986).

The following photographs were taken before and after the game as match-day routines were revived.

The crowd for the League Two (fourth tier) fixture was 17,264.

City won the game 2-1 through a last minute penalty. The visitors, Oldham Athletic had equalised only minutes earlier in extra-time.

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