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“The night of the Bantams”. I’d not been to Bradford for about ten years, during which time one of their football clubs, Bradford City, had plummeted to the fourth tier of English football. This season they have had a memorable League cup run, and listening to their match with Arsenal on the radio got me thinking of the town, it’s team and it’s colours. I didn’t know the current strip (always a variation of the colours of a Bantam) as I began piecing the ingredients together the collage of my thoughts. This is it.

How mega star Zayn Malik is giving something back to Bradford

The former One Direction singer has bought a box at Bradford City FC to let under-privileged and sick children from the area watch matches

Zayn Malik might have moved to LA, but his heart is still in Bradford.

The singer, who topped the album charts last night with Mind of Mine, his debut solo release, has bought a box at Bradford City FC in his grandfather’s name.

And the Walter Brannan box will be used to let under-privileged and sick children from the area watch matches.

A source said: “ Zayn wanted to give something back to his local community.” As Zayn’s album hit the top spot in 80 countries, he thanked fans for helping “start my journey as a solo artist”.

Distancing himself from One Direction, he said: “It really is the beginning. I can’t believe that I have managed to achieve this as a solo artist.

“I don’t take the support I have received for granted. My life at 23 could have been very different.”

When he quit 1D, he said wanted to be a “normal 22-year-old”. So yes, if he had got his way it could have been different.

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