Mitchell Lund Joins Bradford (Park Avenue) Bradford

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Bradford (Park Avenue) have secured former Doncaster Rovers defender Mitchell Lund for the 2019/2020 season.

The promising 22 year old spent his development years at Doncaster before making over 60 senior appearances at League 1 and League 2 level including loan spells with Wrexham and Morecambe.

Manager Garry Thompson worked with Lund at league 2 Morecambe last season, and like Ben Hedley who also joined Bradford (Park Avenue) this pre-season, Thompson saw enough to pursue the signature of Lund prior to the first pre-season hit out V Hemsworth Miners tomorrow.

Thompson said today:

“We’re delighted to sign another player of the experience and quality of Mitch. He has an excellent background and experience of playing higher up the pyramid at a very strong period of Doncaster Rovers history and will provide us with additional quality and poise from the back”

Thompson Continued:

“I’ve seen first-hand the attitude and character of Mitch whilst at Morecambe. He has been training with us since we came back and fits perfectly the quality of individual we want to represent The Avenue. It’s a testament to the way the club is travelling currently in terms of the process and recruitment support in place. We are hand-picking the players we want and the deals are getting done, we can’t wait for the pre-season matches and season proper to kick-off”

Bradford (Park Avenue) launched their new season Kits today and Mitchel Lund was the first to see the home Kit when signing last night at the Clubs Bradford University Based Training facility.



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Bradford (Park Avenue) today launched its stunning new kit to be used in the 2019/20 season.

The bespoke designs will see The Avenue return to their traditional colours of red, amber and black at home. This combination is synonymous with Bradford’s proud sporting heritage, whilst the Club’s secondary green and white colours will be worn at away fixtures.

A third change kit of predominantly white, carrying red, amber and black hoops, also pays homage to the original Northern roots of the historic and famous Avenue.

The kits will display the classic badge of Bradford, based on the original badge of Bradford Borough, used by the club in 1907.  The updated badge maintains the exact details and dimensions of the original club badge and mimics the same style as the City of Bradford’s own updated city logo.  This badge is woven and applied to the kits alongside a #PROPERBRADFORD tag, detailing the latitude and longitude of the city.

Club director Jonathan Collura helped in the development of the new kits and badge design.  Collura has been commended in the United States on his design and attention to details with the clubs he has been involved with, namely Bugeaters FC based in Nebraska.

Mr Collura said on the launch of the designs:

“We spent months looking at the Club’s badges, colours, kits and the unique history of Park Avenue’s identity.  The best option was a bespoke kit given the patterns that the Club has typically used in the past and was the only way to emulate the classic designs.”

“We hope that the supporters will enjoy the detail and nod to Avenue both as a club and a community that we put in to the kits.”

“We began discussions with FBT back in January and finally got all of the details completed just in the last week.  We hope that the supporters will enjoy the detail to Bradford’s history both as a club and a community that we put in to the designs.  Hopefully, they see some of the classics in these designs.”

The new kits display the logos of new partners this season with energy company Utilita Energy as the primary partner.

Bradford University have been busy with its link to The Avenue and are on the back of the kit.  Texas-based oil company Devils River Resources (commonly owned by club executives Gareth Roberts and Jonathan Collura) adds a States-side element to the kit.

Last week the club announced a supporter donation will see the BPA FORUM logo displayed on the Red, Amber and Black Kit.

The kit is now available to pre-order on the club’s website at a competitive cost of £28 for children’s sizes and £38 for Adults   . Kits will be available at all home games.


Bradford (Park Avenue) fixtures for the 2019/2020 Vanarama National League North Season have been announced

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Bradford (Park Avenue) fixtures for the 2019/2020 Vanarama National League North Season have been announced

Bradford (Park Avenue) FC are pleased to announce our 2019/20 season fixtures. The fixtures see a range of interesting clashes with new-comers Farsley Celtic, King’s Lynn, Kettering and Gloucester joining the league along with Gateshead.  Be sure to secure your season ticket  for just £100 adults and £24 for under 17s to watch all the home fixtures at Horsfall. Some of our seasons highlight fixtures include:

1st Game of the season: Curzon Ashton (A) – Saturday 3/8/19To kick-off the season we have a trip to Manchester against Curzon Ashton. Last season both games against Curzon Ashton finished as draws, the home fixture being 2-2 and the away result ending 1 apiece.

1st Home game of the season: Guiseley (H) – Tuesday 6/8/19

Our first game at the Horsfall Stadium is against Yorkshire rivals, Guiseley AFC, this tie is the first game, of 21 included in our season ticket package that can be purchased online by clicking the link here.

Bank Holiday Fixture: Darlington (A) – Monday 26/8/19

Last years play-off rival: Spennymoor (H) – Saturday 14/9/19

This fixture will be the first time these teams meet after last year’s play-off eliminator.

Christmas Fixtures:

  • York City (H) – Thursday 26/12/19
  • York City (A) – Wednesday 1/1/20

This year’s boxing day tie will see us host York City and the reverse fixture will be played on New Year’s Day.

Easter Fixtures:

  • Darlington (H) – Friday 10/4/20
  • Blyth Spartans (A) – Monday 13/4/20

The Easter weekend starts off with a home tie against Darlington followed by an away trip to Blyth Spartans on Easter Monday.

Last Game of the season: AFC Telford United (A) – Saturday 25/4/20

After dramatic endings to the previous two seasons this game may prove to be a vital game once again with both Park Avenue and Telford United finishing on equal points last season after the league rounds proper.



Sat Aug  3  Curzon Ashton

HOME Tue Aug  6  Guiseley

HOME Sat Aug 10  Kidderminster Harriers

Tue Aug 13  Gateshead

Sat Aug 17  Alfreton Town

HOME Sat Aug 24  Blyth Spartans

Mon Aug 26  Darlington

HOME Sat Aug 31  AFC Telford United

HOME Tue Sep  3  Farsley Celtic

Sat Sep  7  Boston United

HOME Sat Sep 14  Spennymoor Town

Sat Sep 21    Emirates FA Cup 2Q

Sat Sep 28  Brackley Town

Sat Oct  5  Emirates FA Cup 3Q

HOME Sat Oct 12  Hereford

Sat Oct 19  Gloucester City  Emirates FA Cup 4Q

HOME Sat Oct 26  Southport

Sat Nov  2  Kettering Town

HOME Sat Nov  9  King’s Lynn Town     Emirates FA Cup 1

HOME Sat Nov 16  Leamington

Sat Nov 23    Buildbase FA Trophy 3Q

Sat Nov 30  Chester   Emirates FA Cup 2

HOME Sat Dec  7  Altrincham

Sat Dec 14    Buildbase FA Trophy 1

Sat Dec 21  Spennymoor Town

HOME Thu Dec 26  York City

Sat Dec 28  Farsley Celtic

Wed Jan  1  York City

HOME Sat Jan  4  Boston United          Emirates FA Cup 3

Sat Jan 11  Hereford    Buildbase FA Trophy 2

HOME Sat Jan 18  Brackley Town

Sat Jan 25  Altrincham   Emirates FA Cup 4

Sat Feb  1  Southport

HOME Sat Feb  8  Gloucester City      Buildbase FA Trophy 3

Sat Feb 15  King’s Lynn Town

HOME Sat Feb 22  Kettering Town

Sat Feb 29  Leamington    Buildbase FA Trophy 4

Wed Mar  4    Emirates FA Cup 5

HOME Sat Mar  7  Chester

HOME Sat Mar 14  Curzon Ashton

Sat Mar 21  Guiseley   Emirates FA Cup Quarter-Final / FA Trophy SF(1)

HOME Sat Mar 28  Gateshead  Buildbase FA Trophy SF(2)

Sat Apr  4  Kidderminster Harriers

HOME Fri Apr 10  Darlington

Mon Apr 13  Blyth Spartans

HOME Sat Apr 18  Alfreton Town

Sat Apr 25  AFC Telford United


Bradford (Park Avenue) secure Hull City Academy product Elliot Holmes

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Bradford (Park Avenue) secure Hull academy product Elliot Holmes

Bradford (Park Avenue) today announced the signing of attacking midfielder Elliot Holmes for the 2019/2020 season.

19 year old Holmes was released from Hull City in May having spent the last 10 years with their Academy  and was rewarded with promotion to the under 23 set up by Nigel Atkins and John Beale in 2018.

Holmes was excited to arrive at Horsfall and said today :

“I’ve enjoyed meeting Garry and Shaun and the squad during pre-season training and I was so pleased to finalise a contract “

Holmes continued :-

“ I talked to Garry and Shaun and while I had some under 23 interest from good quality EFL clubs, it’s time for me to play Men’s Football. Park Avenue have great history and there is such a good buzz around training and plenty of opportunity to make a position my own “

In a busy week  for the club leading into a first friendly away to Hemsworth Miners on Saturday, Garry Thompson said of Elliot’s signing :

“ We’ve taken a very thorough approach to our recruitment and Elliot showed us the right attitude and character right from our initial discussions. The club has a close relationship with Hull City who have loaned our club some of their best talent recently and they know what we want and need in this league both in terms of character and ability. Elliot arrives with excellent references “

With National League North Fixtures being released tomorrow Bradford (Park Avenue) offer one of the leagues most affordable football packages with their  #Properbradford season ticket campaign providing incredibly affordable football for families and supporters of all ages. Season tickets can be purchased on the official website below.


Bradford (Park Avenue) sign Lewis Rathbone for 2019/2020 season

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Bradford (Park Avenue) sign Lewis Rathbone for 2019/2020 season

Bradford (Park Avenue) have today signed midfielder Lewis Rathbone for the 2019/2020 season.

Rathbone, who has followed a similar pathway to Horsfall via the American university system as Lewis Knight and others, arrived late in the 2018/2019 season campaign and eventually was granted international clearance.

A professional attitude to the process of gaining international clearance , and a committed pre-season have earned Rathbone his chance to establish himself under Garry Thompson at Horsfall.

Rathbone hails from Manchester and was a member of the Manchester City Academy as a youngster, and was named a Scholar All American in 2017.

In 2018 supporters of The Nebraska Bugeaters who compete in the Great Plains Premier League in the USASA ,  voted Rathbone the clubs most valuable player.

Garry Thompson welcomed Lewis Rathbone to Horsfall saying :

“ Lewis is a fantastic lad who has demonstrated the positive culture and approach to everything we are building here. He came to the club at Christmas for a trial and then had to wait for his international clearance late last season which limited his opportunities to show his wares. Lewis has shown great commitment to the pre-season and now he has the chance to take this opportunity with both hands”

Rathbone joins Bradford (Park Avenue) pending final FA approval.


Q & A event with Garry Thompson July 6th

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On Saturday July 6th from 7pm, the club will host a Q&A event in the clubhouse for Season Ticket holders to meet and get to know our new Management team of Garry Thompson and assistant Shaun Gardner.

Entry is free and the bar will be open for everyone to enjoy a drink and discuss the days first pre-season fixture away at Hemsworth Miners along with the season ahead.

The evening will be a relaxed event and an opportunity for your questions and queries to be heard and answered by the management team and club CEO.


Bradford (Park Avenue) accept offer for Conor Branson

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Bradford (Park Avenue) can today confirm that a transfer request of Midfielder Conor Branson to Altrincham FC has been accepted for an undisclosed fee.

The club would like to thank Conor and wish him the best with his move.

Bradford (Park Avenue) would also like to thank Altrincham FC for their professional standards and business approach during these negotiations.

The club continues to be busy in the close season and will be announcing further squad recruitment news ahead of the pre-season campaign.


Defender Jon Moran Joins Bradford (Park Avenue)

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Bradford (Park Avenue) manager Garry Thompson has secured highly rated defender Jon Moran for the 2019/2020 season.

The promising 6 ft 4 Centre Half  who learned his trade with Crewe ,will bring experience and leadership to Thompson’s squad having enjoyed spells at Forest Green in League 2 and loan periods with Nantwich Town and Halesowen before joining Chester FC last season.

Garry Thompson was excited to secure Moran’s signature, commenting:

“We’ve had our eye on Jon and are pleased to attract him to the club despite there being quite a bit of interest elsewhere for his services. Jon is only 21 but has plenty of experience and his attitude and leadership qualities are what made us keen to bring him in“

Thompson Continued :

“We are building a group of players who want to play for this club, who want to forge reputations ,and who are prepared to do the hard work to prove themselves. Jon has chosen to come here because he understands what we are doing and where we are going and he likes it and wants to be a part of it , and we see in Jon a player who has the attributes and character to be a real leader for us on and off the pitch“ .

Jon Moran spoke to BPAFC.COM about his move to The Horsfall Stadium

“The club itself is a good attraction, it’s a club that’s moving forward and I think any young player wants to be a part of that kind of movement. I can’t wait for the pre-season fixtures and to get started, it’s a great opportunity for me here at Horsfall and I want to deliver for the club “

Moran Continued:

“I’ve had long discussions with Garry and the club about what they stand for and believe makes a strong and successful football club, and I agree with them. It’s a very positive football club with good people involved going about things the right way “

Bradford (Park Avenue) continue to offer one of the league’s most affordable football packages with their #ProperBradford season ticket campaign providing incredibly affordable football for families and supporters of all ages. Season tickets can be purchased on the official website below.


Bradford (Park Avenue) sign Former Bantam Alex Laird

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Bradford (Park Avenue) have today secured 20 year old defender Alex Laird for the 2019/2020 season.

The promising local learned his trade having joined the Bradford City academy as a 13 year old and was rewarded with a professional contract at 18 years of age by then City Manager Stuart McCall after impressing in reserves fixtures despite his young age.

Laird featured on debut in October 2017 in his first of two Checkatrade Trophy fixtures before his season was cruelled ended by an Achilles injury and he was released whilst still recovering in May 2018.

On working hard to regain fitness Laird played with Albion Sports in the North East Counties Premier Division during the 2018/2019 season.

Bradford (Park Avenue) Manager Garry Thompson was excited to secure Lairds signature, commenting:

“Alex typifies what we are looking for in our squad. He has obvious ability but has had some adversity in his young career and has shown the character to get himself fit and get match time at a lower level in order to prove himself and be ready for an opportunity when it arises.”

Thompson Continued :

“Alex has a good solid base of development behind him, he is a local lad and he has shown he has the talent to succeed, we’re excited to have him and provide the platform and environment for him to shine and make a name for himself at Horsfall“

Alex Laird spoke about his move to The Horsfall Stadium

“I’m really pleased and I’m really excited to join The Avenue. Being a Bradford local I know the club well and it will be an honour to pull on the shirt and represent such an historic club. I spoke to Garry and was impressed with the clubs direction and the chance to be a part of the new changes and a new era at the club was ideal timing “

Bradford (Park Avenue) will meet Alex and Garry’s former club Bradford City in a feature pre season friendly on Tuesday 23rd July at Horsfall Stadium as both clubs prepare for the season proper beginning early August.


Bradford (Park Avenue) sign young midfield prospect

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Bradford (Park Avenue) have today welcomed the signing of Matty Clarke.

An athletic left midfielder, Clarke spent last season at Penrith FC attracting interest from League 2 clubs and is a highly rated young prospect.

Manager Garry Thompson was pleased to secure Clarkes signature saying:

“Shaun (Gardner, assistant manager) and I have known of Matty for a while now, he is highly regarded up in his local area and has demonstrated he is ready for the next level. He has a very professional attitude and has shown a great attitude to commit to Bradford (Park Avenue) where he will work hard to prove himself at the level”

Matty Clarke spoke to BPAFC.COM about the move :

“I’m really excited to be joining Bradford (Park Avenue). I had a few offers to go into League 2 but speaking with Garry and Shaun and the Bradford Directors about what they are about and what they are doing made the decision easy for me”

Clarke Continued :

“I know Shaun from Penrith and I know he and Gary want a successful and hard working squad and a positive place to play football, so that suits me and the way I try and approach my football. I want to prove myself and can’t wait to meet everyone at the club and start the pre-season”