Away Travel – Spennymoor Town

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The club are running a supporters coach to the upcoming Spennymoor Town on Saturday 21st December, with seats costing £15 for adults and £10 for under 16’s.

Pick up time will be 11:00 from The Horsfall Stadium and 11:15 from Cedar Court Hotel.

Seats are selling fast so if you would like to reserve a seat please contact Neil Fawcett on 07811959003

Away Travel – Halesowen Town

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The club are running a supporters coach to the upcoming Halesowen Town on Tuesday evening, with seats costing £15 for adults and £10 for under 16’s.

Pick up time will be 14:00 from The Horsfall Stadium and 14:15 from Cedar Court Hotel.

Seats are selling fast so if you would like to reserve a seat please contact Neil Fawcett on 07811959003

To keep up to date with all future away travel run in connection with the clubs travel partner J&B Travel, please see the clubs away travel page by clicking here

Halesowen Game On

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A local referee has assessed the pitch this morning and has confirmed due no arrival of snow and the forecast of less rain, as it stands the game will take place.

Pitch Inspection Planned Ahead Of Halesowen Visit

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With heavy rain and possible snow forecast through the night, there will be a precautionary pitch inspection ahead of Avenue’s home match with Halesowen.

Halesowen make the journey to the Horsfall tomorrow and there will be a check of the playing surface at 08:00 in the morning ahead of their departure.

Please refer to the website tomorrow for a further update.

BPA Development Fund Launch Players Fund For 2019-20 Season

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To All Supporters,

Due to the club struggling to attract new players on the current budget, we have decided to launch the 2019/20 players fund which once again asks you, the fans, to make a monetary contribution to enable the current management to improve the playing squad in the attempt to retain our membership of the Vanarama National League North.

We realise that last year’s fund was not handled in the best way with not enough acknowledgement as to how these funds had been used with regards the costs of playing staff. This will not be the case this time round!

Donations are this time to be administered by the newly formed BPA Development Fund, with no monies being donated to the club until we are informed which players (loan or permanent) such funds are to be used for. This information will then be passed onto you, the fans. Should any remain due to circumstances dictating otherwise, eg No longer required due to mathematical circumstances in the fight against relegation, such funds would be carried forward to the following season.

Donations can be made in the following ways:-

Cash or cheques can be made payable to BPA Development Fund and can be put into the collection buckets on match days or sent to Dave Stordy at 8 Siegfried Walk, Eldwick, Bingley BD16 3QF. Alternately you can make a direct bank transfer to the Development Fund bank account – Account Number 33569976 Sort Code 05-06-81 quoting reference ‘Players Fund’.

Thank you for your continued support.

The BPA Development Fund Committee

Successful Avenue Book Launch At Horsfall Stadium

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Former Bradford (Park Avenue) players attended the successful launch of a new book at Horsfall stadium on Friday evening.

In attendance were Bill Barnes, Terry Dolan, Peter Brannan, Colin Penrose, Allan Ham and Kevin Hudson, as subscribers to the book turned out in force to receive their copies of ‘Diary Of A Lost Cause – Bradford (Park Avenue) AFC 1966-1970’.

In an evening high on nostalgia, with many a memory shared as supporters also looked to the future with optimism for the current club, a notable highlight was the showing of archive footage from the Avenue versus Doncaster Rovers match at the former Park Avenue ground in 1968.

Anyone missing out on the evening will be pleased to know that copies of the book, which charts the club’s relegation from the Football League almost fifty years ago, will be available from the Supporters Information Desk and Club Shop at the FA Trophy game on Saturday.

Early comments by subscribers include from Stephen Tordoff:

“Enjoying the book immensely”

This line-up of Avenue personalities from fifty years ago shows (left to right):

Bill Barnes, Colin Penrose, Roger Banks, Kevin Hudson, Terry Dolan, Peter Brannan and Allan Ham

Roger Banks is the only non-player, Roger being a member of the appeal committee in 1968. Kevin Hudson (brother of Gary Hudson) and Allan Ham (brother of Bobby Ham) were reserve team players who didn’t actually make the Football League side, though Allan did play for Avenue in the Northern Premier League.

Vanarama National League North – November Manager & Player Of The Month

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National League North Manager of the Month

Ian Culverhouse (King’s Lynn Town)

You’re coming into a new league and every away game feels like a million miles away.

King’s Lynn Town’s fans and players surely had modest ambitions when they clambered into the National League North at the end of last season.

Some supporters were just focused on staying in the league for a second season.
Now there’s a real chance they may only be around for one year – and leaving via the right end!

Ian Culverhouse has guided the club to the top of the table with five wins out of six last month – and they can’t stop scoring.

There’s nothing quite like keeping the home fans happy – Lynn now haven’t lost a game at The Walks for nearly 15 months.

These Linnets aren’t just here to make up the numbers!

National League North Player of the Month

Adam Marriott (King’s Lynn Town)

Add up the goals Mohammed Salah, Sergio Aguero and Alexandre Lacazette have got this season and what do you get?

The answer? Still not as many goals as King’s Lynn Town forward Adam Marriott!

In fact, the prolific Linnets man has outscored every other player in England’s top seven leagues.

What’s more, without his goals, King’s Lynn would be seven points lighter and down in fourth place in the National League North.

Marriott’s nine goals in November helped his side to wins against Kidderminster Harriers, Bradford (Park Avenue), Leamington, Southport and Gateshead after starting the month with a draw against Altrincham.

This month’s haul took his personal goal tally for the season to 20. To put that into perspective, last season’s Golden Boot winner Glen Taylor only hit 21 all season.

National League North Volunteer of the Month

Mark Walton (Gateshead)

As any National League volunteer will tell you, you usually have your fingers in plenty of pies throughout the week.

And that’s no different for Gateshead’s marvellous Mark Walton.
Mark has been a regular helper behind the scenes at his hometown team for over 20 years.

As well as aiding the kit man and making sure the players have everything they need on matchday, Mark also helps the club’s ball boys and operates the electronic scoreboard.

It’s not just the players that Mark helps out either. He also lends a helping hand away from the field to ensure things run like clockwork on a matchday for the club’s hospitality guests.

Like many teams below the Football League, it’s a team effort at Gateshead – and with the club pinning their hopes on a play-off push this season, people like Mark really make all the difference.

Programme & Badge Fair – Sunday 8th December

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Bradford (Park Avenue) Development Fund will be hosting their annual programme and badge fair on Sunday 8th December 2019.

Entry will be £1 for adults and free for children, with the fair open from 10am until 1pm in the Clubhouse and refreshments will be available.

Fan Favourite Clee Returns To The Avenue

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Fan favourite Nicky Clee has put pen to paper to return to the club following his release from Ashton United.

The tricky winger, who can also operate in central midfield or at left-back, initially joined from Altrincham in May 2017 and became a favourite amongst Avenue supporters due to his technical ability and work ethic.

Clee who worked his way up through the non-league pyramid featuring for Ossett Albion, Ashton and Hyde United before joining Altrincham in 2009. After seven years at Altrincham he left to join Guiseley and also had a spell at Harrogate Town before re-joining Altrincham.

Nicky is available to go straight in to the team for tomorrows home game against his former club Altrincham.

Avenue Sign Tom Clare

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Towering striker Tom Clare has today put pen to paper to join the Avenue.

Clare joins the Avenue after he mutually departed Boston United yesterday and is raring to get going and put on the Avenue shirt.

Tom is no stranger to Bradford having joined Boston from neighbours Bradford City. Initially joining Boston on loan in March 2019 then signing permanently when he was released by Bradford City in July 2019.

Clare came through the youth ranks at Barnsley and has also had loan spells at Frickley Athletic and Ossett United.

The club can also confirm that following Jon Morans short term loan deal to Stafford he has now opted to join Stafford on a permanent basis. The club would like to thank Jon for all his efforts in an Avenue shirt and wish him all the best for the future.