Bradford City fans will have the chance to walk through one hundred of years of history with the opening of a new exhibition to mark the club's centenary.

The exhibition, featuring items from the 1880s to the present day, is the largest of its kind ever held and will open this weekend.

It has been organised to mark 100 years of league football at Valley Parade and tells the club's story from the triumph of the 1911 FA Cup final win to the devastation of the fire in 1985. Today supporter Dave Pendleton, who helped to put together the exhibition, said he was delighted with the result.

The collection of exhibits has been gathered from the club, supporters and other local people who have had items stowed away for years.

And the highlights are expected to include a 15-carat gold medal from the 1911 FA Cup final win which was snapped up by a mystery buyer at auction for £22,800 earlier this year.

Another medal from the win over Newcastle United, belonging to goalscorer Jimmy Speirs who later died in the First World War, has also been traced to Canada. High quality digital photographs of the medal also feature on display.

"Even though I have known what was coming in, since it has started to arrive and we have put it all together it has really surprised me how impressive it looks," said Mr Pendleton. "Any one person who comes along and sees something they have contributed among all these other items will be astonished."

Michael Callaghan, of the museum, said that it had been "great fun" helping to put together the exhibition which is divided into sections covering each decade of the club's history.

"It has evolved so well with all the loans and donations that have come in and it is looking so much better than we ever dared think it would," he said.

"We have had everyone from an 80-year-old in Southend-on-Sea sending in a cut glass memento to local people calling with other pieces of memorabilia. We've got everything from really expensive objects to match programmes."

Mr Pendleton added: "People who aren't interested in football might think it is just about 11 men kicking a ball. But it is about the ordinary folk who turn up to Valley Parade and if this exhibition captures a bit of that then it has worked."

The exhibition begins with a look at the club's origins in the former Manningham Rugby Club and features a section dedicated to the founding of the club in 1903.

There are special sections looking at the cup final win, the Geoffrey Richmond era, promotion to the Premiership and the years in the top flight. There is also an area dedicated to May 11, 1985, including a moving narrative written by Mr Pendleton.

The FA Cup will visit the exhibition for one day only on Sunday, October 26.

Items are continuing to roll into the collection before its official opening on Sunday at 1pm, to which all fans are invited.

Pictured with the West Riding Trophy are museum staff Deborah Hull and Sarah-Jane Clelland.