Programme Fair Sunday

The Avenue Supporters’ Club are holding their annual programme fair in the clubhouse this SUNDAY.

The event, which will take place from 10am til 1pm, sees 7 dealers join us at the Horsfall Stadium.

Tea, coffee and bacon sandwiches will be available, and entry will be £1, with children free.


Dolan Joins Avenue Board

The board of Bradford Park Avenue AFC are delighted to announce that they have invited Yorkshire football legend Terry Dolan to join them as a director of the club where his career began.

Terry will take up his role as soon as his appointment as a director is approved by the Football Association and it will be a happy return to the club where he began playing in 1968.

Club owner Gareth Roberts said: “We’re really pleased that Terry has agreed to join the board. He will bring a wealth of professional knowledge and experience in the sport of football, both on and off the pitch, to help inform some of our decision making. We hope he will play a key role in securing our role in the local community, promoting our current teams and also helping to spearhead a growth in our youth football.”

Terry Dolan said: “I’m extremely pleased to be invited to join the board of Bradford Park Avenue. The owners have exciting plans for the future of the club and I will do everything I can to help them achieve their aims.

“As a football club working with the community, we can build up the fan base and together, eventually, see Avenue back in the Football League.”

It was in 1968 that Terry Dolan first entered the professional game as a player for Avenue, becoming team captain during his three seasons with the club. He moved on to play for Huddersfield Town (1971-76), Bradford City (1976-81) and Rochdale (1981-83) and was then player coach at Thackley (1983-84) and Harrogate Town (1984-85).

Since then, he has had a number of senior roles on the management side of the game. He was manager of Bradford City from 1987 to 1989, then Rochdale (1989-91) and Hull City (1991-97) before becoming coach at Huddersfield Town (1997-2000) and manager at York City (2000-03). Most recently, he was manager of Guiseley AFC for the 2006-07 season.

Terry was a consultant/coach to the St Vincent and Grenadines national team as they progressed through qualifiers for the 2006 World Cup and Head of Recruitment last season for Notts County FC.


Curzon Match OFF

Today’s match against Curzon Ashton has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

There are two areas of concern on the Horsfall pitch which are clearly unsafe to play on, and with the rain showing no signs of letting up, the match has been postponed.

The game had been rearranged itself, as originally scheduled for March, it was moved forward as neither side had a game due to their opponents’ participation in the FA Cup.

However heavy rain which has been persistent over the last few days has meant that the game simply had to be postponed.

A new date will be announced.


Community Benefits – An Open Meeting

Notice of open meeting to discuss Bradford (Park Avenue) AFC’s future as a club and part of the local community.

The Board of Bradford Park Avenue AFC is holding an open meeting to discuss the future of the club and its role in community life.

Supporters of the club, local residents and anyone with an interest in the long term future of the club and in sports facilities at Horsfall Stadium will be welcome.

The meeting will be held at the Midland Hotel in Bradford at 7pm on Wednesday 18 November.

At the meeting, the Board will consult on a new vision for the club to become a thriving sports hub to benefit supporters and the local community alike.

James Mathie from Supporters Direct said “We are receiving more interest than ever before in community and supporter ownership in football.

“From the conversations we’ve had with Bradford Park Avenue over the past few months it’s clear that we share a lot of ideas, and this meeting is a chance to widen the discussion and see what can be achieved.”

Directors and officials will be joined by representatives from Supporters Direct, the leading organisation promoting community ownership in sport, who will explain how the model they have delivered at other clubs could help the club to achieve its goals in Bradford.

Come along to have your say and help shape the future at BPA.

Please arrive at Midland Hotel, Forster Square, Bradford, BD1 4HU from 7pm.

The meeting will start promptly at 7.30pm and the bar will be open until 11pm.


Halifax Away In County Cup

Avenue have been drawn away to FC Halifax Town in the Quarter-Finals of the West Riding County Cup.

The defending champions beat Albion Sports 7-0 to progress to this stage, while Halifax beat Farsley Celtic by two goals to nil, also at Throstle Nest.

The winners will then be at home in the semi-final to play Ossett Albion or the winners of the tie between Garforth Town and Armthorpe Welfare

The date of the tie will be announced in the near future.

Walshaw Hat-Trick in Friendly Win

In a hastily arranged friendly at Tadcaster Albion last night before a small crowd and just a handful of Avenue Supporters, the Avenue triumphed 4-2 with James Walshaw scoring a hat-trick and a goal from trialist Cosmin Campean.

Avenue as usual started slowly with Tadcaster unlucky not to score in the early minutes. It was not long however before Avenue’s dominance in midfield put them firmly on top and with Walshaw given a free role upfront alongside Chilaka who stayed more central he opened the scoring in the 30th minute with a low strike from the right of the attack.

In the first-half Avenue’s dominance wasn’t turned into more goals despite hitting the post twice and the bar once in a 1 minute spell and it was not until the 60th minute of the second-half that Walshaw scored his second with a well-directed header low to the keeper’s left from a central position. Almost immediately after coming on in the 64th minute Avenue’s lead was increased with a stunning 25yd strike from the right by substitute trialist Campean. Walshaw completed his hat-trick in the 75th minute when he cut in from the left and scored with a well-struck shot low to the keeper’s near post.

Tadcaster scored twice late on to give the score-line some respectability for the home side. The first a penalty in the 86th minute by substitute Chigumira and a minute later when substitute Nan also scored past a further Avenue triallist Jordan Myers who had replaced Jon Stewart at half-time.

Teams: Tadcaster Wigglesworth,Woodhead,Armstrong,Ming,Heath,Mycoe,Barrett,Ormsby, Beadle (Black)-(Chigumira), Stewart,Conway (Nan)
Stewart (Myers), Turner (Marshall), Pursehouse, Price (Anastasios Liolios), Burgin, Scott, King (Campean), Schofield, Chilaka, Potts, Walshaw

Worcester Rearranged

Avenue’s league fixture away at Worcester City has now been rearranged for Tuesday December 8th.

The original tie was scheduled for this Saturday but had to be postponed due to Worcester’s progression in the FA Cup.

The match, at Kidderminster’s Aggborough, will kick off at 7.45pm.

Bradford (Park Avenue) 3-0 Lowestoft Town

Bradford (Park Avenue) returned to winning ways in the league with a comfortable win over 10-man Lowestoft.

Avenue took the lead through a Richard Marshall penalty before the visitors were reduced to 10 as Ryan Jarvis clashed with Chib Chilaka off the ball.

Chilaka turned in a second on the half hour after his initial shot was blocked, with Marshall rounding off the scoring as he converted a second penalty just before the break.

The first chance of the game fell the visitor’s way as Jarvis struck from the edge of the box, forcing captain for the day Jon Stewart into a good save low to his right.

Jarvis tested Stewart again when he got into a good crossing position, however it didn’t then take Avenue long to take the lead.

Chib Chilaka latched onto a ball over the top from Nathan Turner and raced into the box, only to be brought down by Andrew Fisk.

Richard Marshall couldn’t have put the ball on the spot any quicker, duly slotting into the bottom right hand corner to give the hosts the early lead.

Then came the big turning point of the match.

Avenue had won a corner following an excellent save by Ben Killip from a Marshall header, and the corner came in from Adam Mather and actually deflected into the back of the net, but the referee had blown up already.

The red card came out of the pocket in a flash and it was shown in the direction of Ryan Jarvis, who it appears had caught Chilaka in the face with an elbow as he attempted to stop the forward’s run.

Connor Hughes curled a shot just over from an Avenue break as the hosts took control and the visitors got physical, two bookings shown which could have been worse, Luke Dean’s afternoon ending half-way through the first period.

Bradford did make it two on the half hour, as Chilaka finished at the second attempt.

A good move saw Marshall get to the by-line and pick the Avenue top-scorer out. His first shot was excellently blocked but he made no mistake at the second time of asking, controlling and slotting the ball into the bottom corner.

Avenue took a stronghold on the game and didn’t give their depleted visitors a sniff for the rest of the opening 45 minutes, Danny Schofield going close with a left-footed strike from range.

There was time for a third in the first half, as Chilaka was felled by Fisk once more, when the Avenue forward was through on goal and ready to pull the trigger, however the Lowestoft man somehow escaped any punishment.

However the referee did point to the spot and Marshall sent the keeper the wrong way to add his second of the game.

The hosts had a huge chance just after the interval, as Chilaka expertly played in Jason St Juste and the Kittitian international went through on goal. The goalkeeper hesitated but St Juste attempted the lob which was saved well by Killip.

Substitute Craig King made an immediate impact as he got in down the right hand side and put in a very good cross which had to be flapped away by Killip as Chilaka was lurking.

The rest of the half was played out largely without incident, however Marshall was denied his hat-trick by an offisde flag.

James Walshaw found himself in behind following a deflection, and he passed the ball past the goalkeeper for Marshall to tap home, however the flag went straight up against the Bradford number 10.

Bradford (Park Avenue): Stewart (c), Pursehouse, Mather, Turner, Burgin, Priestley, St Juste, Dean (Schofield 23), Chilaka (Walshaw 75), R.Marshall, Hughes (King 71)

Subs not used: Potts, Scott

Goals: R.Marshall (11P, 45+1P), Chilaka (29)

Bookings: Marshall (64), Turner (90+2)

Lowestoft Town: Killip, Barker, Smith, Fisk, Ainsley, Nunn, Mason (Bammant 63), Ross Jarvis (c), Reed, Crow (Wood-Garness 78), Ryan Jarvis

Subs not used: Marsden, Jessup

Bookings: Ross Jarvis (20), Mason (30), Smith (55), Bammant (85), Ainsley (88)

Sent off: Ryan Jarvis (14)

Referee: Marc Edwards

Attendance: 279

Albion Sports 0-7 Bradford (Park Avenue)

Avenue began their defence of the West Riding County Cup with a comfortable win over Albion Sports.

Chib Chilaka, who scored the winner against Garforth in last year’s final grabbed a brace as Bradford romped home with a seven goal victory.

Richard Marshall also scored twice in the first period before Michael Potts, Craig King and Jason St Juste added their names to the scoresheet in the second.

However it was the hosts who threatened early, hitting the woodwork in the first minute. A near post corner nearly caught the Avenue defence out as it was flicked onto the upright through a sea of bodies.

Despite the early scare, it didn’t take the visiting side long to take the lead through Marshall.

The midfielder picked up the ball around the centre circle and turned away from a number of men before controlling a powerful strike into the bottom corner from 25 yards.

And Avenue took control of the game from there, extending their lead 20 minutes with Marshall’s second.

Chib Chilaka showed great pace, strength and endeavour to hold off the defender and get to the by-line before squaring to the midfielder, who fired in from three yards out- albeit via the crossbar.

Albion had another chance later in the half, as the ball broke to Ferdinand Annor just inside the area but he fired a yard wide of the mark when he should have done better.

Jon Stewart had to be at his best not long before half time, as the ball bounced off Omar Habib and into the path of pacey forward Marcus Edwards, who went to slot it past the big stopper but Stewart got down well to push it round the post.

Craig King then cut in from the left and with a good shooting opportunity fired just wide and into the side-netting.

Avenue made it three just before the break through the match-winner in last year’s final.

Jason St Juste slipped the ball in to Chilaka’s feet, and the Bradford top scorer turned and duly slotted it under the keeper.

After the interval, the visitors should have made it four as Billy Priestley found himself completely unmarked from a Craig King corner, but he misheaded the ball and it went well wide.

Chib Chilaka then missed even more criminally as he was through on goal. Some great footwork saw him beat the last man Sam Bradley on the halfway line, but as he ran towards goal, he somehow managed to put the ball a yard over the bar.

Avenue did have their fourth moments later however, as Avenue found themselves with a large number of men in the box, Chilaka found Potts who beat a sliding defender before firing into the top corner.

It was five just one minute later as Chilaka did grab his second of the game. Craig King sent in a looping cross and Chilaka was there to head down and into the back of the net.

In a frantic spell, Stewart then had to be alert, as Brice Tiani got a shot away which sent Stewart scrambling across his line and he did well to claw it out of his bottom corner.

King was then on hand to add a sixth, a great pass from Marshall found him on the right, and the winger cut inside before seeing his shot sneak under the keeper for his first goal of the season.

Stewart was determined to keep his clean sheet intact, doing excellently to get down and save from Alex Cusack as he cut inside and shot.

Substitute James Walshaw’s first touch was an excellent one as he controlled and flicked round the corner to Potts, the midfielder taking one too many touches but finding Marshall but on a hat-trick, the midfielder could only fire straight at home keeper Jack Bentley.

Avenue grabbed their second in excellent fashion, with a move starting with Jon Stewart.

After a spell of possession, Stewart clipped the ball over a defender to Alex Pursehouse. The full back burst forward before finding Potts, who perfectly weighted a ball into the path of St Juste, and the Kittitian international fired first time into the bottom corner.

Walshaw had a chance of his own to make it eight as Pursehouse delivered an excellent cross but the striker headed well wide from six yards out.

There certainly should have been another Bradford goal late on, substitute Danny Schofield playing an excellent pass through to King, but as he strolled through on goal, he opted to shoot rather than square to Walshaw, and keeper Jack Bentley saved well with his feet.

Albion Sports: Bentley, O’Brien, Erangey, Annor, Firth, Bradley, Dalton, Tiani (Eastwood 65), Edwards, Habib (Singh 58), Cusack (Maturine 74)

Subs not used: Elam, Bower

Bradford (Park Avenue): Stewart, Pursehouse, Mather, Turner (Dean 70), Burgin, Priestley, King, R.Marshall, Chilaka (Walshaw 74), Potts, St Juste (Schofield 80)

Sub not used: Scott

Goals: R.Marshall (7, 20), Chilaka (44, 60), Potts (59), King (65), St Juste (80)

Referee: Jason Whiteley

International Call Up For St Juste

Avenue winger Jason St Juste has received a call up to the St Kitts and Nevis squad for their forthcoming internationals.

St Juste will be in the squad as The Sugar Boyz face away friendly matches at Andorra and Estonia.

His participation in the games on November 12th and 17th means unfortunately the 30-year-old will be unavailable for Avenue’s trip to Chorley on the 14th.

The pacey winger has previously featured three times for his nation since first being called up in 2014.