29 July 2007

The Park Avenue Connection


BRADFORD (PARK AVENUE)

Founded: 1907 (original founded as rugby club in 1863)
Folded: 1974
Reformed: 1974 (as Sunday football side), 1988 (as Saturday football side).

Ground History: Park Avenue 1907-1973, Valley Parade 1973-1974, various 1974-1987, Park Avenue 1987-1988, various 1988-1994, Horsfall Stadium 1994-date.

Honours:
Football League best season: Ninth Division One (I) 1914/15.
Football League Division Two Runners-Up (promoted) 1913/14.
Football League Division Three North Winners 1927/28, Runners-Up 1922/23 (not promoted), 1925/26 (not promoted).
Football League Division Four Fourth Place 1960/61 (promoted).
FA Cup best season: quarter-finals (three times) 1912/13, 1919/20, 1945/45.
Football League Cup best season: third round 1962/63.

Players to have won (Northern) Ireland Caps while with Bradford (Park Avenue):
Jack McCandless 5
Jimmy Elwood... 2
Andy McCluggage 1

Other (Northern) Ireland internationals to have played for BPA:
Sam Burnison
Bertie Manderson
Rory Patterson
Charlie Calow (Amateur)
Harry Baird (WWII guest)

More details to follow.

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