Category: First Team News

Match Report: Farsley 0-0 Avenue

Bradford Park Avenue failed to win for the first time in pre-season, as they were held to a competitive 0-0 draw at Farsley Celtic.

In an uneventful opening half-hour, Avenue had the best chance as a trialist, who scored the winner at Ossett Town on Tuesday, just couldn’t prod home as a loose ball fell to his feet.

The hosts’ first attempt came on 40 minutes as ex-Bradford player Richard Marshall linked up with Ryan Watson, the latter firing over the bar from 20 yards.

Avenue should have gone in front just before the break as Graeme McKibbin made an excellent save from Nicky Boshell’s close range attempt, Adam Nowakowski just unable to convert after a trialist kept the ball alive.

There was a half-chance for Celtic at the start of the second period as Watson slipped the ball across the six-yard line, but James Walshaw, another former Avenue man, wasn’t on the same wavelength and the chance went begging.

Left-back Matt Hill, who has kept supporters entertained with some awful attempts on goal throughout pre-season, in fact caught a volley sweetly just after the hour, but it was blocked by ex-Bradford defender Adam Clayton.

Nicky Wroe then played a clever low free kick into the box, but a trialist couldn’t keep his effort down when he should have scored.

A different trialist then had a great chance to open the scoring as he met Nicky Boshell’s near post corner, but his header went just wide of the post.

Bradford had one final chance as Wroe delivered another free kick in, but Adam Boyes flicked the header just wide.

Avenue have just one pre-season friendly remaining before the season kicks off on 5 August, as they host Altrincham at the Horsfall Stadium next Saturday (29 July).

Farsley Celtic: McKibbin (Lofthouse 82), Harris (Pollard 69), Baldwin, C.Atkinson, Ellis (c), Clayton, B.Atkinson (Smith 74), Watson, Walshaw, Marshall (Parkin 60), Walker (Gomersall 65)

Bradford Park Avenue: Drench (Hall 71), Toulson, Hill (Trialist 71), Nowakowski, Havern (Brooksby 60), Knowles (c), Trialist (Wroe 60), Trialist (Trialist 71), Trialist (Trialist 60), N.Boshell, D.Boshell (Boyes 46)


Match Report: Ossett 0-1 Avenue

Bradford Park Avenue made it four pre-season wins from four with a one-sided but narrow victory at Ossett Town.

A trialist scored the only goal of the game in the first half with an impressive turn and finish just outside the box in the first half.

Avenue came into the game with nine trialists in total, but just three were named amongst the starting XI as manager Mark Bower looks to increase the game-time for his contracted players.

Goalkeeper Steven Drench had to be alert early on, as he denied Ossett’s Sam Wright who shot with time and space inside the area.

However just 17 minutes in the Avenue fans were left purring at a piece of brilliance from the new trialist forward.

He controlled the ball on the edge of the box before flicking it over the head of the defender, racing on to lash the ball into the roof of the net with his left foot.

Both sides were playing good football and the same trialist was involved in an excellent move as he slid the ball across for Adam Boyes who was denied by an excellent save from the home goalkeeper.

Another fresh face was on show for Avenue on the left flank, and he delivered three brilliant second-half crosses, all of which substitute Oli Johnson just couldn’t force home.

The game became understandably disjointed in the second half as both sides introduced many-a-trialist, the home side including former X-Factor finalist Jake Quickenden in their substitutions.

Bradford Park Avenue: Drench (Hall 46), Toulson (Trialist 62), Hill (Trialist 62), Wroe, Havern (Trialist 62), Knowles (Trialist 62), Brooksby (Trialist 62), Trialist (Nowakowski 46), Boyes (Johnson 62), Trialist, Trialist (N.Boshell 62)

Goal: Trialist

Attendance: 165

Club Statement: Admission Prices

Following the announcement last week regarding matchday admission prices for the 2017-18 season, the board of Bradford Park Avenue Community Football Club would like to release the following statement:

The board has spent the last few days reviewing the reaction to the decision to introduce a two-tiered matchday pricing structure.

After receiving feedback both from home and away fans, and after much deliberation, the board has taken the decision to revert to a standard admission price across every league match for this season.

The Board however will be closely monitoring the income and expenditure associated with the bigger games where segregation and all-ticket arrangements have to be implemented.

The matchday admission price at Horsfall Stadium for the 2017-18 campaign will be a reduction on last season’s charge, and also the joint-cheapest in the division at £10 for adult entry.

The board feels, as a Community Benefit Society, that it is important to listen to our supporters and act on their views.

It is hoped that, with the reduction on matchday entry to £10 for adults, we can continue to attract new supporters and provide them with a positive experience of the Horsfall Stadium.

Bradford Park Avenue 2017-18 revised Matchday Admission Prices

Adult – £10
Concession – £7
Student – £5
Under-18 – £2

There is still time to grab a bargain and save up to £127 with your 2017-18 league Season Ticket.

Adults can purchase a 2017-18 league Season Ticket for just £125, working out at less than £6 per game, and every adult ticket comes with one FREE under-18 Season Ticket.

Concessions can purchase a Season Ticket for just £99, while students, apprentices and under-18s can pick one up for just £20!

To purchase your 2017-18 Bradford Park Avenue Season Ticket, please click here.

Match Report: Albion 1-3 Avenue

Bradford Park Avenue made it three pre-season wins from three with victory over Albion Sports.

Wayne Brooksby opened the scoring in the first half before Adam Boyes’ header and a Nicky Boshell penalty sealed the deal against Albion, who pulled one back through Alex Cusack.

Avenue took the leads after only 10 minutes. A busy Brooksby earned a free kick, from which he picked up Nicky Wroe’s cross, finishing neatly into the top corner with the outside of his foot.

Boshell, still on trial with the club after finishing last season with a lengthy injury lay-off, had the ball in the back of the net in the first half, but was deemed offside from James Knowles’ brilliant lofted pass.

Former Avenue defender James Gill should have scored as he was allowed a free header from a rare Albion corner kick, but his header was comfortably kept out by Steven Drench.

17-year-old Brad Emmerson was in goal for the hosts, and he saved well as Brooksby hit a good effort towards the bottom corner, and Knowles’ header was kept out on the line from the rebound.

Boshell had the ball in the back of the net once again just after half time, once again ruled out for a much less dubious offside flag.

Bradford had their second on the hour as Boyes neatly glanced a header into the bottom corner following a pinpoint cross by one of the nine trialists in action.

Another ex-Avenue man in Lee Elam came off the bench for Albion and had a hand in their goal, playing an excellent pass through to Cusack who finished well past substitute goalkeeper Ed Hall.

However moments later, Bradford were awarded a spot kick as home skipper Joe Barden needlessly handballed when on the ground in the area.

Up stepped Boshell and his penalty found the bottom corner, despite Emmerson getting a hand to the ball.

Next up for Mark Bower’s Bradford is a trip to Ingfield to face Ossett Town, managed by former Avenue defender Grant Black.

Albion Sports: Emmerson, Fairhurst, Kaba, Jenkinson, Gill, Foley, Joe Barden (c), Khan, Habeeb, Smith, Cusack

Substitutes (rolling): Josh Barden, Bleau, Basi, Elam

Goal: Cusack (75)

Bradford Park Avenue: Drench (Hall 46), Trialist (Trialist 46), Hill (Trialist 46), Wroe (Boyes 46), Trialist, Knowles (Toulson 63), Brooksby, Vidal (Trialist 24), Johnson (Trialist 63), Trialist (Trialist 63), N.Boshell

Goals: Brooksby (10), Boyes (60), N.Boshell (79P)


Stockport Match Brought Forward

Avenue’s match against Stockport County at Easter has been brought forward a day.

Bradford were due to host Stockport on Saturday 31 March, but the match will now be played on Good Friday (30 March).

With two matches over the Easter weekend, the clubs have agreed to switch the match, with kick-off remaining at 3pm.

Avenue travel to Chorley on Easter Monday, 2 April, in the second leg of the Bank Holiday double-header.

Stockport’s visit to the Horsfall Stadium last season saw the largest home crowd of the season for Bradford, with 1,280 through the door as the visitors chased a play-off place in the penultimate match.

Mark Bower’s men lost 2-0, but County only avenged the result from when the two sides met at Edgeley Park earlier in the season as James Knowles’ 95th minute strike gave Avenue a 2-1 victory.

Click the below image to view an updated list of all Avenue’s 2017-18 fixtures.

It’s not too late to purchase your 2017-18 league Season Ticket, with excellent value across the board.

Adult Season Tickets are this year priced at just £125, and include one FREE under-18 Season Ticket.

Concessions (Over 60) can purchase a Season Ticket for £99, while students, apprentices and under-18s can pick up a 2017-18 league Season Ticket for just £20.

To find out more, and to buy yours, please click here.

Match Report: Avenue 3-0 Bradford City

Bradford Park Avenue ran out comfortable winners in the Tom Banks Memorial Trophy, with a 3-0 victory over near-neighbours Bradford City at a sun-drenched Horsfall Stadium.

Stuart McCall brought his first-team for their first pre-season friendly of the season, but were unable to cope with Mark Bower’s men who took their chances in the opening half.

Recent arrival Nicky Clee introduced himself to the Avenue faithful with a stunning strike from 20 yards to open the scoring, before right-back Javan Vidal was felled by Matthew Kilgallon inside the penalty area and the referee pointed to the spot.

Nicky Wroe made no mistake with a superb shot into the same top corner, and three minutes later Avenue added a third as Oli Johnson weaved his way through the City defence to set up Adam Boyes, who nodded home.

Following a minute’s applause for young Bradley Lowery who sadly passed away earlier in the week, both teams started brightly, City striker Charlie Wyke seeing a handful of efforts denied by Avenue’s number one Steven Drench, making his first appearance for the club.

The home side took the lead inside 15 minutes as the ball fell loose on the edge of the penalty area and Clee, making his first appearance at the Horsfall Stadium, fired an unstoppable left-footed effort into the top corner.

Again the visitors troubled their opponents from a corner, but despite finding himself unmarked Wyke could only head the ball into the hands of Drench from close range.

And then Avenue were handed the chance to double their advantage. Vidal sprinted at the Bantams’ defence but was challenged by Kilgallon inside the box, giving the referee no option but to award a penalty.

Wroe stepped up, and despite City goalkeeper Colin Doyle guessing the right way, he was unable to get a hand to the midfielder’s excellent strike.

A few minutes later, the men in green and white made it three. Johnson showed great footwork to evade a couple of defensive challenges before teeing up Boyes to nod the ball past Doyle for his second goal in two pre-season friendlies.

After the break, there were few goalscoring opportunities as Stuart McCall made 11 changes and Bower gave some of the eight trialists game-time to prove themselves and potentially earn a contract for next season.

10 minutes into the second half Boyes came close to punishing a poor City back-pass, but goalkeeper Rouven Sattelmaier did well to come off his line and deny the striker.

At the other end, Drench was called into action as new signing Shay McCartan was causing plenty of problems for the Avenue defence, but his low shot was pushed away by the former Guiseley goalkeeper.

Again, McCartan was the man the Bantams were aiming for to get them back in the game, but solid defending from the Avenue trialists made sure their local neighbours walked away from the Horsfall Stadium without a goal.

Bradford Park Avenue: Drench (Trialist 60), Vidal (Trialist 60), Hill (Trialist 46), Wroe (D.Boshell 46), Trialist (Knowles 46), Toulson (Nowakowski 46), Trialist (Trialist 69), Trialist (Trialist 69), Boyes (Havern 60), Johnson (Trialist 46), Clee (N.Boshell 46)

Goals: Clee (14), Wroe (pen 31), Boyes (34).

Bradford City (first half): Doyle, Hanson, Trialist, Reeves, Kilgallon, Hudson, Devine, Wyke, Poleon, Robinson, Vincelot

Bradford City (second half): Sattelmaier, McMahon, Barr, Knight-Percival, Chicksen, Dieng, Pybus, Law, McCartan, Patrick, Jones.

Referee: Luke Watson

Attendance: 2,020

Big Match Sponsors: Peckover Transport & Mr Scratchings

Make sure take advantage of some excellent offers by purchasing your 2017-18 league Season Ticket.

Adult Season Tickets are this year priced at just £125, and include one FREE under-18 Season Ticket.

Concessions (Over 60) can purchase a Season Ticket for £99, while students, apprentices and under-18s can pick up a 2017-18 league Season Ticket for just £20.

To find out more, and to buy yours, please click here.

Big Match Sponsor: Bradford City (H)

Two local companies have combined to become the club’s first big match sponsors of the season.

Peckover Transport and Mr Scratchings, both based on Chapel Road in Low Moor, have partnered to sponsor the home friendly against Bradford City.

The companies share premises on the industrial estate, and share a friendly rivalry supporting Bradford’s two premier clubs.

Haulage company Peckover was established in 1981, and has expanded to now run a fleet of over 45 vehicles all over the country.

To find out more about Peckover, please visit or call 01274 670624.

Mr Scratchings is a pork scratchings company, who also supply bar snacks and various other items.

To find out more about Mr Scratchings, please visit or call 01274 670044.

The pair have sponsored Avenue in various forms for a number of years now, and the club would like to thank them for their continued support.

We hope they enjoy their day on Saturday in our newly-refurbished Sponsors’ Lounge.

If you are interested in sponsoring Avenue, we have a wide range of options available to suit the needs of any company, however big or small.

For more information regarding our sponsorship offers, please click here, or to view our sponsorship brochure please click here.

If interested, please contact Commercial Manager Andrew Pinfield on 07753835449 or

Match Arrangements: Bradford City (H)

Bradford Park Avenue would like to advise spectators of special arrangements in place for our home match against Bradford City on Saturday 8 July.

Given the expected heightened following from our opponents, the club has taken the decision to add extra facilities behind the goal at the Park Road end of the ground.

There will be a marquee and a bar at that end, where the club are advising visiting supporters to enter the ground. There will also be a burger van and portable toilets at that end of the ground.

Admission to the match is just £8 for adults, £6 for concessions, £5 for students and just £2 for under-18s.

Due to the Gala taking place in Harold Park on the same day, parking around the ground will be extremely limited and the club are advising that where possible, spectators arrive at the match by public transport.

For those who will be driving, the car park accessible from Park Road will be open, but strictly available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Areas on Cemetery Road will be coned off in order that cars parked do not obstruct any potential need for emergency vehicles, so parking around this area will be extremely limited.

There is parking available on roads around the ground, but there is strictly no parking on Park Road itself.

For details of how to access the car park, and further instructions, please click here to open a PDF map.

Those supporters arriving by public transport should take the 681 bus from Bradford, and then access the ground via the snicket onto Park Road, which is also indicated on the map.

Avenue kick off their home league season against Southport on Monday 7 August, before a mouthwatering tie against York City the following Saturday.

Make sure you don’t miss out by purchasing your 2017-18 league Season Ticket, which will be available to buy in the clubhouse at Saturday’s game.

Adult Season Tickets are this year priced at just £125, and include one FREE under-18 Season Ticket.

Concessions (Over 60) can purchase a Season Ticket for £99, while students, apprentices and under-18s can pick up a 2017-18 league Season Ticket for just £20.

To find out more, and to buy yours, please click here.

Knowles To Remain At Horsfall

Avenue stalwart James Knowles has agreed to stay at the Horsfall Stadium for the 2017-18 campaign.

Currently in his third spell at the club, centre back Knowles sits fifth in the all-time appearances chart for the reformed club.

The popular defender featured 26 times after rejoining Avenue midway through last season, leaving him on 217 appearances in total.

Knowles was a key figure in a defensive line which sured up hugely as Mark Bower’s men somehow avoided relegation, and he even chipped in with two goals including a memorable 95th minute winner away at Stockport County.

“Knowlesy played a big part in last year’s survival, so we’re pleased that he has agreed to stay at the club for another season,” manager Bower said.

“He is a good defender and his quality on the ball fits in with the style of football that we want to play.

“We feel his attributes compliment the squad well and we are confident that he can further enhance his legendary status at the club with another good season.”

Knowles returned to Avenue last October, joining from Farsley Celtic where he had been playing under his former boss at Bradford, John Deacey.

He rejoined the club two years after leaving for the second time, joining ex-Avenue teammate Tom Greaves at FC United of Manchester.

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

Knowles, who goes into the season on 217 appearances for the club, could be expected to climb to third in the all-time list with Neil Grayston and Richard Marshall just ahead of him on 228 and 224 appearances respectively.

Don’t miss a single minute of Knowles’ action this season with your Bradford Park Avenue league Season Ticket.

Adult Season Tickets are this year priced at just £125, and include one FREE under-18 Season Ticket.

Concessions (Over 60) can purchase a Season Ticket for £99, while students, apprentices and under-18s can pick up a 2017-18 league Season Ticket for just £20.

To find out more, and to buy yours, please click here.

2017-18 League Fixtures Released

Bradford Park Avenue will start the season with a trip to Tamworth, as the fixtures for the 2017-18 National League North campaign are revealed.

The start of the season is exactly one month away, and first up is a trip to the Lamb Ground on 5 August.

Avenue’s first home game will be against newly relegated Southport on Monday 7 August, before Mark Bower’s men welcome York City the following Saturday.

Three of Bradford’s first four matches are against league newcomers in fact, as a trip to promoted Spennymoor Town is scheduled for Tuesday 15 August.

August Bank Holiday sees Bower’s side travel to AFC Telford United on Saturday, before hosting Chorley on the afternoon of Monday 28 August.

September is a time for hope in the FA Cup, before a tough October puts Avenue up against three of the five full-time teams in the division, including a trip to local rivals Harrogate Town.

Boxing Day sees the visit of Curzon Ashton to the Horsfall Stadium, with the return trip to Tameside coming on New Year’s Day. Avenue make the journey to York on 13 January.

Stockport County visit Horsfall on Easter Saturday, while the return trip to Chorley is scheduled for the Bank Holiday Monday that follows.

Bradford once again finish the season with a long trip to Kidderminster Harriers, with the last home game seeing Harrogate make the short journey across Yorkshire.

Make sure you don’t miss a single game all season with your 2017-18 league Season Ticket.

This year’s prices offer some great bargains to supporters, with an adult able to purchase a Season Ticket for just £125, which also entitles the adult to one FREE under-18 Season Ticket.

Concessions can purchase a Season Ticket for £99, while students, apprentices or under-18s can pick one up for just £20.

To find out more, and to buy your 2017-18 league Season Ticket, please click here.

To view Avenue’s 2017-18 Vanarama National League North fixtures in full, please click the image below, or visit the club’s official Twitter or Facebook page.