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In April 2013 Bradford City AFC held a History week where they celebrated the 102nd anniversary of winning the FA Cup on the 26th April 1911The events were marked by articles in the Bradford Telegraph and Argus. http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk Events were held all around the City Centre. 
The History week started on April 20 with a free event at the Sparrow Bier Cafe, North Parade from noon. This included the pulling of the first pint of an exclusively-produced beer by Mark Lawn, Chairman of Bradford City . The beer had been produced by The Saltaire Brewery http://www.saltairebrewery.co.uk as a one off barrel called Baines Blonde as a tribute to John Baines.  
A brief welcome and talk about North Parade’s hidden sporting history was given by the organiser of the Bantams’ History Week, and author of Glorious 1911 and Paraders, David Pendleton. Incidentally City played Burton Albion, The Brewers, that afternoon and won the game.
David Pendleton went on to say "North Parade, historically one of the smarter streets in the city centre, has strong links with the heritage of Bradford City AFC. Based on North Parade was Baines Cards, the producers of millions of collectors cards depicting sports personalities and clubs in the late Victorian and Edwardian periods. Originally from Manningham, Baines moved to 15 North Parade as the business grew to staggering proportions. Featured on their cards were numerous players of Bradford City, Bradford Park Avenue and Bradford Northern. However, Baines produced cards for a national and international audience and every conceivable sporting aspect was covered by their cards which were avidly collected by boys young and old. From Montevideo to Manchester, Tokyo to Turin, today the appeal of football cards knows no bounds. Yet how many people are aware that this global obsession has its roots in Victorian Bradford? John Baines, a Bradfordian who shaped global football culture.”
The reference to the Saltaire Brewery is shown by kind permission of
Wendy Carthew
Sales & Marketing Manager
Saltaire Brewery | County Works | Dockfield Road | Shipley | West Yorkshire | BD17 7AR |
Tel: 01274 594959