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Four Minutes to Hell: The Story of the Bradford City Fire [Paperback]

Paul Firth
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A powerful and passionate indictment of the ugly side of the beautiful game. -- Bradford Telegraph & Argus, July 9 2005

A quietly dignified book and a fitting tribute to those who died and to the spirit that sustained the survivors. -- FourFourTwo, September 2005

An incredibly moving read. If you only buy one book as a Christmas present, this should be it.
-- Yorkshire Post, December 17 2005

From the Publisher

This is a book written quite literally from the inside. The author is a life-long Bradford City supporter and, on the fateful day, was sitting within feet of the source of the fire. He writes about acts of heroism, great and small, coming out of moments of the greatest adversity and about the positive achievements that followed this tragic day.

About the Author

Paul Firth has been a Bradford City supporter since 1960. He retired in 2005 as a District Judge (Magistrates' Courts)and now writes on a part-time basis for a variety of publications.

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During Val's conversation with her father on that Friday evening it came out that Norman had a bad chest in addition to his longer-term ill health. Val
questioned whether he ought to be going to the game next day in that condition and tried to talk him out of it. Whether it was the long wait for such a celebration, Norman's determination not to give in to his ailment, the arrangements David had already made or any combination of those factors, Val couldn't persuade her dad to stay away from the game. For a very long time afterwards that inability to talk him out of going to Valley Parade haunted her.

Less than twenty-four hours later, Norman Hall and fifty-one other souls had perished while watching a celebratory football match. Another four supporters would lose their lives the following week. It took Val a long time to convince herself she was not to blame.

It took David even longer. And it's no good any of us pretending we wouldn't have felt guilty about it.

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