The Avenue Presentation Evening

Bradford (Park Avenue) would like to confirm the Presentation Evening will be held at the Horsfall Stadium on Friday 10th May.

The Social Club will be open from 7.00pm, and the awards will be presented at 8.00pm.

The Social Club will be open on Saturday 11th May from 4.00pm

Following their promotion to the Blue Square Bet North, the Avenue enjoyed an impressive season and finished seventh.

From August to April, the Avenue used 33 players in all competitions.

The player who made the most appearances in a Bradford shirt was Paul Walker. The 26 year old was signed by John Deacey from Garforth Town, and was mainly used as the Avenue’s left winger, but featured in every game for his side.

Overall, the Bradford midfielder Richard Marshall finished as the club’s top goal scorer with 19 goals. Throughout the season, Marshall has scored some spectacular goals, with 16 goals appearing in the Blue Square Bet North.

Also, the Avenue supporters have seen excellent performances from some of their youngsters.

John Deacey was able to convert Michael Duckworth into a right back, and the 20 year old adapted well to his new position to become the first choice number two. His ability to cover for his defence, whilst providing a threat at the opposite end of the pitch saw the youngster praised from his manager and team mates.

A positive for the club was Jordan Deacey remaining a Bradford player for the 2012-13 season. The midfielder made 40 appearances for the Avenue, and will be remembered for his solo goal against Altrincham in April at the Horsfall Stadium.

Despite his struggle with injury since his arrival from Ossett Albion, Tom Corner featured in 19 matches. The 20 year old was bought by Deacey in 2013, but made an impact for his new club with three goals.

Following the shock departure of captain James Knowles to FC Halifax Town, the Avenue required a new captain. The former Avenue defender was a regular in John Deacey’s starting eleven, scoring four times before his switch to the Shay Stadium.

The coaching staff gave the armband to Nathan Hotte who collected the three major individual awards at the Presentation Evening in 2012. At the beginning of the season, Hotte partnered Knowles in the centre of defence, however, Hotte ended the season in his more familiar midfield role.

The Avenue started the season with a new goalkeeper. For the first game against Worcester City, Tim Deasy was given the number one shirt. But, the 27 year old suffered a long term injury against Gainsborough Trinity. With Ben Higginson at Farsley AFC, John Lamb returned to his former club. The popular Avenue goalkeeper made 23 appearances, and helped the Avenue push for a place in the playoffs with his performances.

Meanwhile, there are other players that could be considered for an individual award.

Adam Clayton has featured in the Avenue defence, producing solid performances and scoring a goal against Workington AFC.

Also, Alex Davidson enjoyed a successful season making 34 appearances and scoring 11 goals. The highlight of his time in an Avenue shirt this year was a hat trick against Boston United in a 4-1 victory.

The Avenue added Danny Holland to their squad for the 2012-13 season. The striker scored 13 goals in all competitions, including a late winner against his former club Harrogate Town.

Despite featuring for Farsley AFC in 2013, Matty James made 30 appearances for the Avenue. The midfielder scored five goals in the Blue Square Bet North, including a 90th minute winner against Bishop’s Stortford at the Horsfall Stadium.

Following an injury at FC Halifax Town, Bradford left back Martin Drury was ruled out for the rest of the season. However, the 27 year old was an important part of John Deacey’s squad. Despite not finding the back of the net, Drury made an outstanding clearance with a diving header against Chester FC in October.

Before the season started, the Avenue signed Jamie Jackson. The former Worksop Town player made 16 appearances for the club, scoring one goal.

John Deacey was boosted by the return of Ross Daly in 2013. The midfielder was sidelined after a hip operation, but the 23 year old made 17 appearances for the Avenue and scored one goal in the defeat to Colwyn Bay.

During the season, John Deacey and Mark Hume made two key signings. Jamie Price returned to his former club as player/coach, and Tim Ryan joined Bradford, following a spell as player/assistant manager at Stalybridge Celtic.

Another familar face returned to the club, as Aiden Savory was signed by Deacey from Goole AFC.

However, there were some players that went to find first team football elsewhere.

The Avenue midfielder Rob O’Brien made 19 appearances before joining Farsley AFC for the rest of the season. Before the arrival of O’Brien, James Riley and Matt Dempsey left Bradford to join the Evostik First Division North side. Also, Tom Greaves, who scored the winning goal in the Playoff Final victory, featured for Bradford in 24 games before joining FC United of Manchester.

The Avenue made seven loan signings, including Adam Baker from Bradford City who scored twice in eight games. Meanwhile, Simon Garner, Callum Howe, Liam Needham, Craig Radcliffe, Jordan Snodin and Liam Wakefield featured for the club.

Finally, three players made only one appearance in all competitions.

The Avenue started with Ben Higginson in goal for the West Riding County Cup defeat to Guiseley AFC. Meanwhile, former Bradford defender Amjad Iqbal was a substitute in the 5-4 victory at Corby Town. Also, assistant manager Mark Hume was a late substitute in the 2-1 defeat to Bishop’s Stortford in April.