Football fans are being urged to give peace a chance... and get behind the University of Bradford as it prepares to do battle for the first Tolstoy Cup.

The university's Peace Studies Department is to go head-to-head with the War Studies Department from King's College, London, at the home of Bradford City, the Intersonic Stadium.

The match is the return leg of the competition and is part of the Bradford City Community Week, from Monday, May 7, to Friday, May 11, which is designed to bring football closer to the community.

Adam Baird, Phd student and Peace Studies FC player-manager, said: "It is going to be a great day out.

"There was no love lost on the pitch in the first leg and there is only one goal in it so we expect War to come right back at us for the return leg.

"However, this is about everyone having a good day out and building the tradition of the annual War versus Peace fixture.

"We hope to raise some money for Bradford Royal infirmary Burns Unit and bring the University and Bradford City closer together at the same time."

The London-leg of War and Peace, on February 26, saw Peace win 0-1, to give them a slim advantage.

The fixture before this was played in 1996, when Peace Studies won 15-0.

But Adam, 31, said the match had never before been played with such a dramatic backdrop.

He said: "It is going to be absolutely unbelievable.

"We went down to have a couple of meetings to prepare for the game and we were taken on to the pitch. We were just amazed.

"It is definitely going to be the biggest game of my life, although the idea is that we want to keep this going and make it an annual fixture."

Adam said the team had been training hard for the match and were determined to overcome the threat of War.

He said: "When we went down there we were expecting a quiet, friendly atmosphere, but it was quite a hostile reaction we got.

"And when the whistle went the tackles were really flying in - and even though we won the match, we will be more ready for them this time."

The team is made from players of all academic levels, including undergraduates, MA and PhD students.

There is also a mix of football experience in the squad, including Jose Da Silva, a former Angolan international.

The team is also able to boast the only female player in the competition, Amiko Tanabe, who studied law at the university.

The Bradford City community week will also include the Bradford Schools' Cup on Tuesday, May 8 and the day after will see a community fun day, featuring activities both on and off the pitch.

The week will close with an anniversary commemoration at Valley Parade for the bereaved family and friends of the victims of the Bradford City Fire Disaster in 1985.

The week has been backed by Manningham Moving Forward, Bradford Vision, Education Bradford, Springwood Primary School, Leeds Metropolitan University, Bradford University, the Bradford City Football in the Community programme and the Bradford City Supporters' Trust.

The full-length game will take place at 2.30pm on Sunday, May 6.