Meet The Team

Alex Meechan – Head Coach

Sponsored by: Ian Franks

Meechan originally joined Avenue in March 2016, as the first team’s assistant manager, before a brief stint as first team manager at the Horsfall Stadium.

After the end of the season, he was appointed full-time by the club in order to head up the all-new Academy, which has now completed a successful first season.

Meechan, 37, had three spells with Forest Green Rovers during his footballing career, as well as spells with a number of other clubs including Dagenham & Redbridge, Halifax Town, Chester City, York City, Stalybridge Celtic, Worcester City and Colwyn Bay.

He had his first coaching opportunity with AFC Telford United from March 2013 and moved to Barrow shortly afterwards where he was also assistant to Edmondson.

Although Alex was born in Plymouth, his family hail from Bingley and have had links with both Bradford clubs over the years.

Matt Hill – Coach

Sponsored by: Margaret O’Shea

Experienced left-back Matty joined the club in 2016 both as a player and as assistant coach to Alex Meechan.

His career has seen him make 452 appearances in the Football League, including two in the Premier League for Wolves in 2009.

The defender started his career at Bristol City, where he made his debut aged 17 in 1998.

He went on to establish himself as a regular at Ashton Gate, making 246 appearances in all competitions and spending three years playing alongside Meechan.

Preston North End paid £100,000 for Hill’s services in 2005 ,taking him into the Championship for the first time. He made 119 appearances before commanding another transfer fee as he was signed by Mick McCarthy’s Wolves.

After helping Wolves to the Championship title, Hill made just two appearances in the top flight, Hill spent the second half of the season on loan at QPR, before joining Barnsley at the end of the campaign.

A year at Oakwell was followed by a year at Blackpool’s Bloomfield Road, before Hill joined Sheffield United, where he made 95 appearances in three seasons ahead of his move to Tranmere in 2014, where he made 47 appearances in two years.

Tally Clayton – Physio

Sponsored by: Easipanel

Tally joined the club in summer 2016 as Physio for the First Team and Academy sides.

Having previously worked for Bury, Barrow and Ossett Town football clubs and  Normanton Knights in Rugby League she studied sport rehabilitation at the University of Bolton.

She has also completed placement work with Bolton Wanderers academy, Fiji and Wales international Rugby League sides, London Broncos, Wigan Warriors, Harrogate Town and Harrogate rugby club.

Terry Dolan – Director Of Football

Yorkshire footballing legend Terry joined the Avenue board initially in November 2015, but was announced as Director of Football in June 2016.

As well as assisting Manager Mark Bower with the first team management, Dolan has taken up the position as the club attempts to rebuild the whole football pyramid at the club.

Also an important aspect of Dolan’s role will be developing the community led academy, which the club fast-tracked to set up in the summer of 2016.

His appointment as director in 2015 came an incredible 47 years after he began his playing career, for Bradford Park Avenue.

Terry was team captain during his three seasons with the club, before moving on to play for Huddersfield Town (1971-76), Bradford City (1976-81) and Rochdale (1981-83). He then went on to take roles as a player coach at Thackley (1983-84) and Harrogate Town (1984-85).

Since then, he has had a number of senior roles on the management side of the game. He was manager of Bradford City from 1987 to 1989, then Rochdale (1989-91) and Hull City (1991-97) before becoming coach at Huddersfield Town (1997-2000) and manager at York City (2000-03). Most recently, he was manager of Guiseley AFC for the 2006-07 season.

Terry was a consultant and coach to the St Vincent and Grenadines national team as they progressed through qualifiers for the 2006 World Cup and Head of Recruitment in 2014-15 for Notts County FC in the Football League.

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