It is with a very heavy heart that the club are devastated to announce that Club stalwart Colin Barker has passed away peacefully overnight. Colin was a great person first and foremost, a fantastic football man, and an unbelievable servant to our football club.
‘Colin was the glue that held the club together through some difficult and turbulent times.
Without him, the football club would not exist and because of that, we owe him a great debt of gratitude, that sadly now we wont be able to deliver in person.
I know that Colin would have wanted the club to keep pushing forward, and we are determined to do so as we honour his memory.’
Mark Bower ‘We are all absolutely devastated by the news that Colin has died. Over a majority of the past five years I have worked with Colin and consider him a friend as well as a colleague. His knowledge and professionalism have been invaluable to myself and Danny during our time at the club and we will miss him greatly.
The way Colin worked for the club, the amount of time and expertise he put in to his various roles, predominantly as club secretary and as a scout, made it hard for me to believe he was working voluntarily. He was Bradford Park Avenue to the core. I spoke with him only hours before he passed away and his concerns were not for himself, but for his wife Sue and he also wanted to make sure I had his scouting reports on players we have been looking at over the Summer. He was a football man, but more importantly, a really great person.’
Everybody at Bradford (Park Avenue) and Horsfall Community Stadium’s thoughts are with Colin’s wife Sue and his friends and family at this sad time.