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When football unites: Bradford & Lincoln City link-up celebrated

This is a story from the FSF archive – the FSF and SD merged to become the FSA in 2019.

On Wednesday supporters of Bradford and Lincoln City gathered to see a new film celebrating their relationship via the Fans for Diversity campaign.

When Football Unites is a short documentary by film-maker Liam Sullivan that documents the blossoming relationship, and cultural exchange, between the Lady Imps Supporters Association and the Bangla Bantams.

The two groups made contact through the Fans for Diversity network back in the Autumn of 2018, meeting for the first time at Valley Parade in October. The Bradford City hosts taught the visiting Lincoln City fans how to make pakora, took them round the Bantams’ ground and visited the Bradford City Fire Memorial.

Then in November the Lady Imps returned the favour – hosting a group of Bradford City fans at Sincil Bank and taking them to the RAF’s Battle of Britain Memorial centre in Lincoln.

 Fans for Diversity campaigns officer Maria Horner said: “This was an opportunity to bring two very different groups together through football to meet and learn about each other.

“Two groups of people who ordinarily would never have met – building understanding and friendships through the power of football.”

The screening on Wednesday took place at the Natural Science and Media Museum in Bradford and is set to be shown again in July during the Bradford Festival.

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