Park Avenue's new-look squad aim to wow younger fans

New signing Joe Colbeck in action for Bradford City against Park Avenue

New signing Joe Colbeck in action for Bradford City against Park Avenue

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THE average age of the Bradford Park Avenue fans at Horsfall Stadium next season looks set to plummet but the new generation of follower can expect the same brand of exciting football.

Finance director Kevin Hainsworth feels the season-ticket drive is proving a success and that manager John Deacey’s growing reputation is helping the recruitment drive.

Hainsworth said: “Season-ticket sales went really well and we are marginally up on last year’s numbers, which is encouraging. The free tickets for students have been very popular.

“Most of the take-up has been from Bradford College and we are expecting another surge when Bradford University starts back. I think we will get a lot of interest from them.

“Our supporters are predominantly at the older end, and that is only right because all of them followed the old club. but we are playing at a high level again and gaining a higher profile.

“It will be great to see a lot of younger faces so we’re all delighted that the initiative has worked. You have to try these things because youth is the future of the club. I hope we will see some families here as well.”

Returning supporters will see a revamped squad after an influx of new signings but, if the pre-season friendly games are anything to go by, the intelligent passing and positive attacking style of football will be unchanged.

“We may have a lost a very good player in Jordan (Deacey who has signed for AFC Telford United) but we have brought in the likes of Scott Kerr, Joe Colbeck, Bradley Barraclough and Nathan Turner,” added Hainsworth.

“I think the quality of the signings is a testament to the good job that John is doing.

“John can attract players like these and its not long back that they wouldn’t have considered it because we were too low down the pyramid.

“John is also very good at picking players up from local clubs. He can spot talent and has a great record of bringing players in and progressing the ones already with us.”

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