Avenue Head to Wembley !

– Offer Now CLOSED.. Vouchers can be collected in exchange for payment in full in the Clubhouse at our next three home games from Joe Mosley !! –

The Avenue army is bound for Wembley so it’s time to enlist! No, we’re not going to play there – at least not this year – but we want you all to sign up to join us for a fabulous family day out to celebrate the beautiful game in the company of fellow supporters.

And joining in the fun won’t break the bank either because there’s a special deal courtesy of the club and title sponsors Vanarama.

We’ve previously told you about the Vanarama Big Day Out on Sunday 17 May at 2pm to watch the Conference Promotion Final, which was advertised at an early bird price to the end of February.

But now, it gets BETTER: the club’s new Board has decided to book all 350 of our allocated tickets and sell them to our supporters at an extended early bird price – £10 for adults and £5 for children – right up to the end of March.

And BETTER STILL, we’re even laying on FREE coach travel too. So that’s a VANTASTIC cut-price opportunity to go to the legendary Wembley Stadium and enjoy an amazing family festival of football and other entertainment for a tenner… and even less for the kids.

Hurry and buy your vouchers – which will be exchanged for actual tickets closer to match day – so that you can be part of this special outing. Remember, it’s just £10 for adults and £5 for children, including FREE coach travel if you want it. The travel offer is also extended to anyone who got ahead of the game by booking their tickets before today.

So please complete the data form below this Web Posting indicating your contact details, how many vouchers you will commit to buy specifying (adult/children), and as important if you will need seats on the FREE coaches on the day.

We will exchange vouchers for full payment at any of our upcoming home games, please ask for Joe Mosley or any other of the match day team on the day…

All the proceeds from selling the tickets go into our club’s coffers so it’s a win-win situation. Book your tickets SOON to make sure you don’t miss out on this amazing offer!

Knowles Makes Avenue Return

Defender James Knowles has returned to Bradford Park Avenue.

33-year-old Knowles has made just under 200 appearances across two spells for the club, before he joined FC United of Manchester in the summer of 2014.

He joins Avenue from Farsley Celtic, where he has been playing under his former boss at Bradford, John Deacey.

The strong defender originally left Avenue in March 2013 to join Conference side FC Halifax Town, but rejoined the club just a few months later.

He scored 18 goals during his time at the Horsfall Stadium, but moves in to sure up a defence which has conceded 34 goals this season, the joint highest in the division, and failed to keep a clean sheet so far this campaign.

Knowles goes straight into contention for this Saturday’s National League North match with Chorley at the Horsfall Stadium.

Programme Fayre This Sunday

The Bradford Park Avenue Supporters’ Club will hold their annual programme fayre this Sunday.

The fayre will see six dealers present in the clubhouse at the Horsfall Stadium, where the bar will be open.

Entry will be £1 for adults and free for children, with the fayre open from 10am until 1pm. Refreshments will be available.

After the fayre the Horsfall Stadium will play host to an FA Sunday Cup tie between West Bowling and Queens Park (Liverpool).


Stalybridge Loan For Dickinson

Avenue striker Liam Dickinson has joined Stalybridge Celtic on a month’s loan.

The front man, who has scored twice so far this campaign, returns to Bower Fold for a second spell at the club, having scored nine goals in 32 games for Celtic in 2014.

From there he joined Mark Bower’s Guiseley, before joining Bradford on loan last season, making the move permanent in the summer.

The 30-year-old was probably involved in the most memorable event of last season, as he started in goal when Avenue travelled to Boston United in April due to the fact no other goalkeepers were available.

His two goals this season equals his total tally for the club, making 19 appearances in all competitions at the Horsfall Stadium.

The former Stockport, Derby and Huddersfield forward is in line to make his debut for Stalybridge in their away match at Worcester City this Saturday.

Academy Match Brought Forward

Avenue’s ECFA Academy match this Wednesday will now kick off at 1pm.

The under-19s were due to host fellow Bradford side Hanson Academy at 2pm, however that has now been brought forward an hour.

Hanson will visit the Horsfall Stadium in the English Colleges FA League, with Avenue’s youngsters still chasing their first win of the season.

More details of the Avenue Academy, including a full fixture and results list, can be found here.

Match Report: Avenue 1-1 Telford

Bradford Park Avenue put an end to their run of defeats, picking up their first point since August with a 1-1 draw at home to AFC Telford United.

Chris Sharp opened the scoring just after the break with a neat finish from a tight angle, but a Ben Bailey goal straight from the restart ensured the visitors a deserved share of the spoils.

The first chance of the game fell to Telford, but Bailey’s header was easily saved by Avenue goalkeeper Joe Cracknell from 10 yards.

The home side then had a chance of their own in a largely uneventful first half, striker Emile Sinclair turning his man before racing into the area, however he opted to shoot with teammates lurking, James Montgomery making a good save from close range.

The Bucks almost opened the scoring just before the break when Connor McCarthy crossed from the left, but Dave Hibbert planted his header over the bar.

After half-time, the away side continued to press forward, but it was the Avenue who took the lead against the run of play.

A long ball was met by Avenue striker Sinclair, whose header was pushed away by Montgomery into the feet of Chris Sharp, who slotted home from a tight angle.

But immediately from the restart Telford responded, as a teasing cross from James Hurst was met by Bailey who nodded the ball past Cracknell into the back of the net.

Hibbert could have put the visitors ahead on the hour as he latched onto a through ball by Hurst, only for his effort to be blocked away.

Mark Bower’s side had a half chance of their own as more good work by Sharp saw him fire the ball across goal towards Lee Spires, who came on for his Avenue debut during the second half, but Dwayne Samuels intervened at the vital moment.

Samuels was involved at the other end with 10 minutes to play, delivering a good cross which found Jordan Sangha, whose effort seemed to be tipped over by Cracknell despite the referee awarding a goal kick.

Despite the effort from both sides, neither could net the winning goal, but Avenue earned a draw to put an end to the run of 10 defeats in all competitions, seeing Bower pick up his first point as Avenue boss.

Next up for Bradford is the rearranged home tie against Chorley next Saturday (October 15) with a 3pm kick off at the Horsfall Stadium.

Bradford Park Avenue: Cracknell, Toulson (c), Hill, Nowakowski, Killock, McWilliams (Spires 60), Dean, D.Boshell, Sinclair, Sharp (McKenna 84), N.Boshell

Subs not used: Coates, Eccles, Ryan

Goal: Sharp (52)

Bookings: N.Boshell (57)

AFC Telford United: Montgomery, Samuels, O’Hanlon, Bailey, Havern (c), Rea, Hurst, Williams (McCone 89), Hibbert (Reid 74), McCarthy (Reynolds 80), Sangha

Subs not used: Preston, Wilson

Goal: Bailey (53)

Bookings: Samuels (30), O’Hanlon (46), Havern (50), Hurst (54)

Referee: Paul Brown

Attendance: 318

One In, One Out For Avenue

Bradford Park Avenue have signed left-back Lee Spires from Brighouse Town, while Tom Davie has joined Darlington on a month’s loan.

Spires, 29, had previously been playing at Huercal-Overa in the Spanish fourth tier, before joining Brighouse in the summer.

He had however been on trial at Guiseley, where new Avenue boss Mark Bower was in charge.

The left-back is now in line to make his debut as Bradford welcome AFC Telford United to the Horsfall Stadium on Saturday (October 8).

He joins fellow new recruit Adam Nowakowski, who joined the club earlier in the week on a month’s loan from league rivals Darlington.

Moving in the opposite direction is Tom Davie, who made his last few appearances operating as a left wing-back but was left out of Bower’s first game in charge at Halifax.

He has linked up with Martin Gray’s Quakers on a month-long deal, and is in line to make his debut on Saturday as they travel to Brackley Town.

Chorley Game Brought Forward

Avenue’s home match with Chorley has been rearranged for next Saturday, October 15.

The match was originally due to take place in late January but has been moved due to both clubs’ exit from the FA Cup.

The original fixture list saw Avenue travel to Altrincham on October 15, but that has now been rescheduled for Tuesday October 25.

Bradford have already visited Chorley’s Victory Park this season, going down 3-0 in the first defeat of the campaign.

Last time the two sides met at the Horsfall Stadium, Avenue were victorious by a goal to nil in Darren Edmondson’s first game in caretaker charge.

After a week without a game Mark Bower’s side host AFC Telford this Saturday, October 8, looking for their first win of the season.

The rearranged Chorley fixture now means that sandwiches the Telford match and an away trip to Gloucester City on October 22.

Gumbs and Shires Return To Parent Clubs

Loan defender Evan Gumbs has been recalled by Tranmere Rovers, whilst Corbin Shires has returned to Mansfield Town.

Gumbs joined Avenue on loan on September 6, and was due to stay until after the Telford match this weekend.

However he was called back by Tranmere earlier this week, making an appearance as an unused substitute as managerless Rovers were defeated 1-0 by Gateshead.

The centre-back played four times in an Avenue shirt, his last appearance coming in the 4-0 loss to Halifax on September 24.

Shires, also a central defender, returns to parent club Mansfield following the end of his loan spell, having played just twice in green and white.

He featured in the away match at Brackley early in September but limped off, going on to play just once more in the FA Cup defeat to Salford City.

Shires featured for Mansfield’s under-21 side whilst still at Avenue when they faced Grimsby Town a week ago, before being an unused substitute in their Checkatrade Trophy clash with Port Vale on Tuesday.NEWS |

The football club would like to thank Evan and Corbin for their efforts during his time at the Horsfall Stadium, and wish them all the best for the future.

Nowakowski Signs On Loan

Mark Bower has added powerful midfielder Adam Nowakowski to his squad.

Nowakowski joins from league rivals Darlington, where he has struggled to break into their winning side this season.

He did however feature in Darlington’s come-from-behind victory against Avenue in Alex Meechan’s penultimate game in charge.

The towering utility man can play in the centre of midfield, defence or even operate as a striker.

Prior to joining the Quakers in 2015 Nowakowski had spent all of his senior career at Harrogate Town, where he made well over 100 appearances at National League North level.

He came through the ranks at Leeds United, where he progressed as a right winger before his height and strength saw him converted into an enforcer at Wetherby Road.

A box-to-box midfielder, Nowakowski is strong in the tackle and is capable of chipping in with the odd goal as well.

He joins on an initial one-month loan until November 5, and will be available for Saturday’s home tie with AFC Telford United.

Altrincham Game Rescheduled

Avenue’s league match away at Altrincham has been rearranged for Tuesday October 25.

The game was originally scheduled for Saturday October 15, but Altrincham’s progression in the FA Cup forced the rearrangement of the fixture.

The Manchester club defeated Morpeth Town at the weekend, and have been drawn at home to either Matlock Town or Workington in the Fourth Qualifying Round.

Therefore October 15 is currently vacant, and the club is looking into the possibility of rearranging a league game for that date.

Avenue’s league fixture list also includes a visit to FC United of Manchester on Saturday November 5, the date when FA Cup First Round proper ties will be played.

As it stands FC United are still in the competition, facing a replay against Harrogate Town in the Third Qualifying Round this week, the winner being rewarded with a home tie against FC Halifax Town in the final stage of qualifying.

Check out the fixtures page here on the official website for all the up-to-date information on the rescheduling of matches.