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Phil Parkinson attends unveiling of Burnden Park Disaster plaque

23 August 2016

Manager spoke to club after plaque unveiling earlier this month

Manager Phil Parkinson was present at the unveiling of a plaque to commemorate those who lost their lives in the Burnden Park Disaster earlier this month.

Situated at Manchester Road's ASDA store - the site of the disaster itself - the plaque is a replica of the bronze version which can be found near to the Nat Lofthouse statue at Macron Stadium.

An incident which saw 33 supporters lose their lives, the club have held a number of events throughout 2016 to mark its 70th anniversary with the service on the site of Burnden Park marking the conclusion of Wanderers' year of remembrance.

Speaking following the event, the manager said; "It's very important and good to see the plaque unveiled at the site of Burnden Park. I played at the ground many times as an opposing player and it's the first time I've been back here since I was a player.

"Being at Bradford with the Bradford fire, it makes you aware of other disasters that have happened in the football world. It's tragic when people come to watch a football match and lose their lives. The people whose names are up on that plaque should never be forgotten.

"This means a lot to the people of Bolton. Seventy years seems a long time ago, but it is still, especially today with the plaque unveiling, at the forefront of everyone's minds. It is important that it is remembered"

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