Bradford Park Avenue: Preparation key to success, says Deacey as he burns midnight oil (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Bradford Park Avenue: Preparation key to success, says Deacey as he burns midnight oil in Penrith
Bradford boss John Deacey was oblivious to his manager of the month award on the day that the announcement was made.
Deacey’s Skrill North accolade was confirmed on Wednesday but the Avenue boss was not informed personally.
He was unreachable for most of the evening in any case as he was doing his homework.
Following last weekend’s 2-1 victory in the FA Cup second qualifying round against Guiseley at Nethermoor, Monday’s draw saw Avenue get a home tie in the next round. Their opponents were either Scarborough Athletic or Penrith, who faced a replay on Wednesday.
“I went up to Penrith to see the game so we knew what we were going to come up against,” said Deacey.
“What a long night that was! It’s a hell of a journey up to Penrith and the weather was terrible. That A66 is a winding route and you couldn’t see your hand in front of your face.
“The game went to extra time and then penalties! (Penrith won 4-3 in the shoot-out). It didn’t finish until 11.20pm and I had to drive home then. I had to laugh to myself because I paid my own petrol money and had to buy a ticket when I got there.
“I thought – this is non-league football and it made me smile.
“I got home at one o’clock and had to be up by six for work. If you didn’t laugh you would cry so you just get on with it.
“If you want to try to be successful you have to do the preparation. There is no saying we will win against Penrith next Saturday but its one of those situations when you have to have no regrets.
“You have to do the groundwork to give yourself the best possible chance of being half successful.”
It is that dedication and attention to detail at Deacey’s very core that has brought Avenue the success they have enjoyed over recent seasons – such as promotion to the Conference North, two FA Cup first-round ties and a West Riding County Cup final at Valley Parade.
The dry wit and gentle humour of the Bradford boss is just an added bonus.
It is no surprise that his feet are firmly on the ground and that he treats success and failure as the impostors they are.
“I don’t take much notice of stuff like that to be fair,” he said of his manager of the month award.
“It has been a fair run (five wins and one draw from six fixtures in September) but I could do with being given the budget of the month. That would make it easier to compete with some of the clubs in this division who are flinging money about.”
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