Colin Barker| Campion Friendly

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Bradford (Park Avenue) can today announce details of Colin Barker’s funeral and the friendly match against Campion.

Colin’s Funeral will take place at 12:45 on Thursday 8th July at Park Wood Crematorium, Elland HX5 9HZ. Given the restrictions in place around Covid-19, 28 people are able to attend. The family have kindly invited one official from the club to attend.

A funeral tea will take place from 14:30 Northcliffe Golf Club, Shipley, BD18 4LJ on the same day. Here, the number is restricted to 80 people only.

Colin’s wish was for no flowers, however there will be a nominated charity for people to make any donations should they wish.

July 8th is also the day of the Campion friendly at Manningham Mills, the club have made the decision to play this friendly, as Colin would have wanted. Kick off for that game is 19:45.

Statement from the chairman.

The club has decided that our game at Campion on July 8 should proceed even though the funeral for Colin Barker will take place earlier on that day.

This decision has been made after consultations with Colin’s family who have agreed that it would be appropriate to play. Colin loved football and would not want us to miss a game on his behalf.

We will be paying our respects before and during the game to this man who gave so much of his time to the club. Furthermore, our game with Bradford City, at the Horsfall on July 13, will provide us with the opportunity to remember fondly our longtime club secretary and we would encourage all of our BPA family to attend.

Gareth Roberts