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Lincoln’s FPA Agree To Inaugural Bradford Charity Match

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Since its formation back in May 2017, Lincoln City’s Former Players’ Association has gone from strength to strength, and in growing their foundations and contacts, they now undertake numerous community projects including charity football matches, golf and bowls days and care home visits.

One of their latest ventures naturally combines football and a charity fundraising event, and after some speculation, it has now been confirmed that later in October, Lincoln City’s FPA will take on Bradford City’s FPA in the first game of its kind between both clubs. For those who like a flutter, there is unlikely to be latest promos available for this one, but with the regular 2023/24 season up and running, there are a plethora of options otherwise, including a Claim Bonus. The inaugural game between the former professionals will commemorate the tragic 1985 fire that took place in the main stand at Valley Parade and sadly claimed the lives of 56 people, including lifelong Imps fans Bill Stacey and Jim West.

As well as serving as a memorial to the lives lost, the event will also be an attempt to raise as much cash as it can in order to provide vital funds for several charities.

The match will take place on Sunday, October 8th at the LNER Stadium and the kick off time has been set at 2pm. Supporters are now able to purchase their tickets for the event, and like at all of these matches and similar types of events, players will likely be mingling with fans, holding plenty of chats about shared memories from their time at the club and undoubtedly a selfie and an autograph or two will take place.

Money from every ticket sold will help provide support for some great causes and donations will be split between the Lord Mayor of Bradford’s chosen charities, the Lincoln Mayor’s chosen charities, the Lincoln City Foundation and the Bradford Burns Unit.

Tickets are on sale priced at £10 for adults, and just £5 for children – family tickets are also available for the day priced at £20 and that gives access to two adults and two children, so is likely to be in high demand.

Having played for Lincoln back between 1997 and 2000, former striker Gavin Gordon had some good times at the club, including our promotion run and he made just over 100 appearances in his few years with us, and as well as now being the chairman of Lincoln’s Former Players’ Association, it is fully expected that the now 44 year old will be retaking to the LNER Stadium pitch and having a run out in this one against Bradford himself again.

Speaking to the Lincoln City Football Club official website with the game now fully agreed and set in the relevant fixture calendars for both FPA organisations, Gordon explained.

“It’s an event that has been in planning for a while now and it’s something that we wanted to do to help such wonderful causes. It’s the first time we’ve done something like this, and it provides a good opportunity for supporters of both teams to commemorate the memorial. We want the fans to be entertained, it’s for a good cause and hopefully we can raise some vital money.”

It is certainly a worthy cause, and should prove to be a great day out for fans, and it is also unlikely to be the last good cause our FPA chooses to support.

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