Founded: 1907 (re-founded in 1984)
Nickname: BPA, The Avenue
Ground: Horsfall Athletic Stadium (3,500)
2015/16 Average Attendance: 454
Position Last Year: 16th
Last Season’s Results: 2-0 (H), 0-2 (A)
Bradford Park Avenue, originally founded in 1907 and reformed in 1987 because of liquidation, finished last season in a comfortable 16th place. The Avenue were promoted at the end of the 2011/2012 season after a series of failed play-off attempts and have been slowly yet steadily rising since their reincarnation in the 80’s. Their rise has not been as emphatic as predicted, chief executive Bob Blackburn promised League 2 football by 2012 and whilst this dream was not fulfilled, the coming year will be their sixth consecutive season in the conference north and after a string of signings during the close season, they’ll be looking to improve upon their mid-table finish this year.
The Horsfall stadium is a 3,500 capacity ground with one large seated stand the main feature. The trip to ‘BPA’ is not often a favourite amongst County fans, the athletics track and perpetual cold that seem to grip the ground can sometimes detract from the experience. Nevertheless, the ground can play host to a decent atmosphere as over 1000 County fans witnessed last April following a crucial 2-0 victory. For large away followings, beer tents and other pop-up facilities are also common.
For supporters, admission will usually cost you £11/£7 with the journey to Yorkshire costing about 50 minutes of your time.