Match Report: FC United Of Manchester 4-0 Bradford Park Avenue

Two dubious red card decisions paved the way for FC United of Manchester to comprehensively defeat Bradford Park Avenue at Broadhurst Park.

Mark Bower shuffled the pack once again, making three changes to the side that were held by Alfreton Town a fortnight ago. Nicky Clee dropped out of the squad altogether, whilst Gianluca Havern and Danny Boshell settled for a place on the bench. Shane Killock replaced Havern in the heart of defence, Jamie Spencer returned to the midfield and Wayne Brooksby regained his spot on the right flank after overcoming his injury troubles.

The first-half certainly lived up to the pre-match expectations, as the boisterous supporters from both sides were treated to a thoroughly entertaining, end-to-end encounter.

The attacking intent of both sides was evident, with both the hosts and visitors showing little hesitation in piling bodies forward.

The hosts looked to test Ed Hall early on, but the young stopper demonstrated why Mark Bower has placed faith in him with a series of saves.

Jamie Spencer almost broke the deadlock in spectacular fashion, but his long-range piledriver was tipped over the crossbar by Lloyd Allinson.

Former Avenue cult hero Tom Greaves then came close to opening the scoring for the hosts, sliding and failing to capitalise on a Craig Lindfield cross that evaded him by mere inches.

Chaos then ensued in the closing minutes of the first-half as Matt Hill received his marching orders to the shock of the ground, after seemingly making a strong-but-fair challenge.

The resulting free-kick was rifled into the top corner by Jeff King, stunning Avenue and their supporters.

Moments later, the shock turned to fury as Oli Johnson was dismissed in as equally bizarre fashion for a foul that didn’t seem deserving of the punishment it received.

Avenue struggled to remain in contention after the break and were dealt a further blow in the shape of an injury to Adam Boyes, who joined Rob Atkinson in the treatment room after the defender’s earlier withdrawal.

The hosts doubled their advantage with another King free-kick, with a deflection helping it on its way as Hall was rendered helpless.

With Avenue camped in their own half, substitute Gerard Garner hammered home from close-range after the ball broke loose in the box to extend FC United’s lead.

A Shane Killock handball presented the hosts with another opportunity to find the back of the net and King converted from twelve yards with an audacious chip down the middle.

Avenue supporters remained loud and passionate, but their side faced an uphill battle to regain a foothold in the game and predictably failed to do so.

The game finished 4-0, with Mark Bower sympathetic towards the travelling supporters at the final whistle after two red cards marred the encounter.

FC United of Manchester: Allinson, Senior, Higham, Kay, Hughes, Fagbola, Crawford (Garner 65’), Irwin, Greaves, King (McCarthy 79’), Lindfield (c) (Glynn 36’).

Unused substitutes: Racchi, Tattum.

Bradford Park Avenue: Hall, Ross, Hill, Wroe (c), Atkinson (Toulson 26’), Killock, Brooksby, Vidal, Boyes (Mulhern 45’), Johnson, Spencer (Boshell 55’).

Unused substitutes: Havern, Smith.

Referee: David Underwood

Community Sports Coach Vacancy

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Following the clubs announcement last week regarding our continued partnership with The JAMES project and the current vacancy for a new Community Sports Coach. We would like to remind any one interested in the vacancy that the closing date for applications is Monday 26th March 2018.

Below is the clubs official statement on our continued partnership along with details of the job vacancy:

The JAMES project are delighted to announce that the National League Trust have approved a further year of funding for a part- time community sports coach. Over the last 3 years the James project , a charity based in Frizinghall, Bradford successfully secured funding to deliver a range of community projects in South Bradford and the wider community. The partnership has seen the delivery of a range of community projects, that includes, school breakfast & after school clubs, football tournaments, hostel football, holiday camps and outreach youth engagement programmes.

Mandy Lakes , Operations Manager said ‘We are extremely proud that our partnership with Bradford Park Avenue Community Football club has been a tremendous success and to secure further funding will see more projects to be delivered which will make a difference to many residents and young people.’

Jayne Spencer , Community & Operations Manager said ‘ We are absolutely thrilled that the National League Trust recognises the difference the club are making within our community. This funding will allow us to recruit a new member of the team and continue to work in partnership with JAMES.

Please see below further details on the Community Sports Coach vacancy:

Community Sports Coach – Job Advert

Community Sports Coach – Job Description

Community Sports Coach – Personal Specification

Community Sports Coach – Job Application Form

Game Rearranged: Bradford Park Avenue Vs AFC Telford

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Following Saturday’s postponed game against AFC Telford due to a frozen pitch. Both clubs have agreed for the game to be rearranged for Monday 26th March 2018 with 19:45 kick off.

Home Supporters who have yet to purchase a ticket for the upcoming Stockport County game will be able to do so from the Supporters Information Desk in the clubhouse.

Due to this rearranged fixture the scheduled academy game at the Horsfall Stadium against Ossett Albion has been postponed. A new date for the fixture has yet to be agreed.

Stockport Ticket Sales – Update

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For any home supporters needing to purchase a ticket for the upcoming Stockport game on Friday 30th March 2018, the clubhouse will be open on the follow dates:

Wednesday 21st March 13:00-20:00

Monday 26th March 14:00 – 22:00 (AFC Telford Game)

Usual match day prices apply and season ticket holders will not need to purchase a ticket.

Stockport Ticket Sales

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The club will be opening the clubhouse and bar 12:30-16:00 this afternoon (Saturday 17th March) for Supporters to call in for a drink and to purchase tickets for the upcoming Stockport game.

Bradford Park Avenue vs. AFC Telford United – Match Preview Sat 17th March 15.00 KO

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Bradford Park Avenue vs. AFC Telford United – Match Preview Sat 17th March 15.00 KO

Avenue will be looking to bring an end to a winless run that stretched to five games after last week’s draw with Alfreton Town. Mark Bower, however, will be optimistic after describing the draw with the Reds as the least that his side deserved.

AFC Telford find themselves in the midst of an even sticker patch, after Tuesday’s 3-0 defeat to Southport meant that The Bucks have picked up just two wins from their last twelve league outings.

Rob Edwards’ are currently languishing in the relegation zone, level on points with 21st-placed Gainsborough Trinity but 21 points clear of rock-bottom North Ferriby United.


The Gaffer:

Rob Edwards

 Shropshire-born Edwards is currently cutting his teeth in full-time senior management with the Bucks after a spell in charge of Wolverhampton Wanderers’ under-18 side and a brief stint as interim manager of the first-team. He hung up his boots aged 30 after a successful career earnt the centre-back 15 caps for the Wales national team. He began his career with Aston Villa before making the switch to Molineux in 2004 after loan spells with Crystal Palace and Derby County. The former defender spent four years with Wolves before signing for Blackpool where he tasted Premier League football following the Tangerines’ promotion in 2010. Edwards was part of a promotion-winning side the following season, helping Norwich City reach the promised land after joining on loan in March 2011. Barnsley swooped to sign Edwards following his release from Bloomfield Road, but he found first-team opportunities limited and spent time on loan at Fleetwood Town and Shrewsbury Town in 2013 before retiring.

Key Players:

 Ellis Deeney

 The brother of Watford striker Troy joined the Bucks in January, making the switch from league rivals Tamworth. The combative midfielder has already faced Avenue on two occasions this season after starring in Tamworth’s 4-3 win at the Horsfall Stadium in December and featuring in the Lambs’ defeat to Mark Bower’s side on the opening day of the season. He boasts vast experience of the division thanks to his time as captain of Worcester City, who he joined following spells with Kettering Town and Hinckley. Deeney, who can also operate in defence, captained Aston Villa’s under-18s before dropping into non-league football.

 Amari Morgan-Smith

 Tricky winger Amari Morgan-Smith joined the Bucks in February after spending the first half of the season with York City. In one of his final appearances for the Minstermen, he doubled York’s lead against Avenue during our defeat at Bootham Crescent back in January. A product of Crewe Alexandra’s academy, he established himself as a promising talent at Ilkeston Town and helped them achieve promotion to the Conference North in 2009. He trained with Championship side Derby County during his time with Ilkeston as a reward for a string of impressive displays and eventually left the club in 2010 to join Luton Town. He continued to impress at Kenilworth Road, earning a trial with Doncaster Rovers in 2012 despite concerns over his fitness that led to his departure from the Hatters. Morgan-Smith continued to establish himself as one of the most exciting talents in non-league football and represented Macclesfield Town and Kidderminster Harrier before sealing a move to League One after agreeing a deal with Oldham Athletic. He returned to the National League with Cheltenham Town in 2015 and helped them earn promotion to League Two but returned to non-league football when he joined York on loan in January 2017. He featured in the Minstermen’s FA Trophy final victory over his former club Macclesfield and signed a permanent deal with the club in June 2017.

The action will kick-off at 3pm on Saturday but will only go ahead if the Horsfall pitch passes a pitch inspection that has been scheduled for 9:30am.

Admission prices:


Adults – £10

Concessions – £7

Students – £5

Under-18s – £2







Gaffers Notes: Bradford Park Avenue Vs AFC Telford Saturday 17th March 2018

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Gaffers preview: Bradford Park Avenue V Telford United. Sat 17th March 2018 15.00 KO

We welcome Rob Edwards and everybody connected with Telford on Saturday. Given the tight nature of the league this season with Telford currently in the bottom three, a couple of good results from their games in hand could see them up in mid table.

They have had a big turnover in players during the season so far, so the team that we beat impressively in the reverse fixture back in August will be much changed. But given our recent games against Salford and North Ferriby, we know that current league positions mean little. If we can play in the manner we did against Alfreton last week, we give ourselves a good chance of winning the game.

Enjoy the match