Chief Executive Bob Blackburn has made the following statement to the official website
“After 8 seasons at the helm of Bradford Park Avenue, I have decided that due to my overseas business interests, it is now time to hand over the baton and retire from the Board as I just cannot dedicate the time and effort needed to move the club any further forward and feel it’s the right time for someone else to take up the challenge and move the club to the next level.
I wish to pay tribute to the dedication of the clubs directors, the volunteers who work tirelessly and of course the fans who turn up week in week out to support the club. They all individually play their own part in the running of this great club and I’m sure that before long Bradford Park Avenue will return to its former football league status.
It’s been a real roller coaster over the last few years with the highs and lows that football brings with it, I wish the team and the manager every success for the rest of the season and hopefully a playoff place maybe achievable
I will continue to support the club home and away whenever I am available and have accepted the position of a Vice president of the club.”
Bob has overseen the most successful spell at the club during the last 50 years. He has transformed the club since he took it over in 2007 when it was struggling in the Unibond 1st division North. After 2 promotions it is now an established Conference North Club.
Bob said ” It has been very hard work but equally very enjoyable and it’s been great to give our supporters somethimg to cheer over the last few years.I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some very interesting characters over the years and wish them all well.
The highlights apart from the promotions were the 2 games in the FA Cup 1st round and it shows how far the club have come when we are disappointed not to get to the 1st round with the chance of playing against league 1 & 2 clubs.”
Gareth Roberts has taken over the reigns and is now the majority shareholder. He will issue a statement shortly subject to passing the FA’s fit and proper person test.