is an all-seater football stadium
, West Yorkshire
. It was built in 1886, and was the home of Manningham Rugby Football Club until 1903, when they changed code from rugby football
to association football
and became Bradford City
. It has been Bradford City's home since, although it is now owned by former chairman Gordon Gibb
's pension fund. It has also been home to Bradford Park Avenue
for one season, and Bradford Bulls
rugby league side for two seasons.
Football architect Archibald Leitch was commissioned to redevelop the ground when Bradford City were promoted to the First Division in 1908. From then, the stadium underwent few changes until 1985, when it was the scene of a fatal fire on 11 May 1985, when 56 supporters were killed and at least 265 were injured, the worst fire disaster in the history of English football.
It underwent a £2.6 million redevelopment and was re-opened in December 1986. The ground has undergone significant changes in the 1990s and early 2000s and now has a capacity of 25,136. The record attendance of 39,146 was set in 1911 for an FA Cup tie against Burnley, making it the oldest surviving attendance record at a Football League ground in the country. (read more . . . )
Sir Henry Spencer Moore OM CH FBA
, (30 July 1898 – 31 August 1986) was an English artist
. The son of a mining engineer, born in the Yorkshire
town of Castleford
, Moore became well known for his larger-scale abstract
cast bronze and carved marble sculptures. Substantially supported by the British art establishment, Moore helped to introduce a particular form of modernism
into the United Kingdom.
Moore is best known for his abstract monumental bronzes which can be seen in many places around the world as public works of art. The subjects are usually abstractions of the human figure, typically mother-and-child or reclining figures. Apart from a flirtation with family groups in the 1950s, the subject is nearly always a woman. Characteristically, Moore's figures are pierced, or contain hollow places. Many interpret the undulating form of his reclining figures as references to the landscape and hills of Yorkshire where Moore was born.
His ability to satisfy large-scale commissions made him exceptionally wealthy towards the end of his life. However, he lived frugally and most of his wealth went to endow the Henry Moore Foundation, which continues to support education and promotion of the arts. (read more . . . )