IT is just over two years since the conclusion of Bradford (Park Avenue)’s 2017/18 campaign.

The memories of that season, during which the club defied all expectations to reach the Vanarama National League North play-off semi-finals, are still fresh. However, in the unpredictable world of non-league football, a lot can change in two years.

When Avenue faced Curzon Ashton on the opening day of the 2019/20 season, the squad did not feature a single player from the side that suffered semi-final heartbreak just 15 months prior.

Some eventually returned to BD6, but the rest are now spread out over various divisions and regions.

Current boss Mark Bower led the 2017/18 squad during his first spell at the Horsfall Stadium, using 26 players in the league and guiding the club to a seventh-placed finish.

We have investigated where each of the players that featured during that campaign currently ply their trade:

Steven Drench

One of non-league football’s most coveted goalkeepers, Drench left for Avenue's National League North counterparts Altrincham in February 2019.

However, the experienced stopper has been plagued by injuries and underwent knee surgery shortly after joining the Robins. He is still on the books at the J. Davidson Stadium.

Ed Hall

Hall is another goalkeeper to have struggled with injuries since leaving the club.

He joined Farsley Celtic in the summer of 2018, but injuries hindered his progress and he soon made the switch to Eccleshill United in search of regular football.

Stocksbridge Park Steels then came calling and, despite having bad luck with injuries again, he has proven to be a popular figure in South Yorkshire.

Ryan Toulson

Toulson combined his duties in defence with a role on the coaching staff throughout the 2017/18 campaign.

He was one of the players that left as part of the mass exodus last summer, but returned in November 2019 after brief spells with Ossett United and Eccleshill United.

Mark Ross

The athletic defender established himself as a favourite with the Avenue faithful during his two years with the club, therefore few were surprised to see him step up to the National League with Chorley in July 2019.

He is still on the books at Victory Park, having made 26 league appearances before the season came to a premature end.

Gianluca Havern

Havern was a mainstay in Mark Bower’s side during his two-year spell at Avenue, but he rejoined Ashton United in May 2019.

The talented defender spent the duration of the 2019/20 campaign at Hurst Cross, before leaving last month.

Shane Killock

The commanding centre-back swapped the Horsfall Stadium for the Impact Arena in 2019, and quickly became a key figure for Billy Heath’s Alfreton Town side.

He was one of many familiar faces to feature for the Reds before the season ended, playing alongside former Avenue trio Jack Atkinson, Ryan Qualter and Danny East.

James Knowles

The veteran was released by Avenue in October 2017 despite featuring regularly in the early stages of the season.

After a spell with Scarborough Athletic, he joined Ossett United and established himself as a permanent fixture in the starting eleven.

The defender is now a free agent after Ossett confirmed he would not be a part of their squad for next season.

Rob Atkinson

The defender provided much-needed defensive cover during a loan spell as Avenue pushed for the play-offs, but now finds himself without a club.

He spent a season with Spennymoor Town before joining Northern Premier League outfit Grantham Town in 2019, who he has now left.

Matt Hill

It would be fair to say that Hill was ‘Mr. Avenue’ during his time with the club. As well as being a reliable left-back, he also coached within the academy and even had a spell as assistant manager.

The veteran left at the end of the 2017/18 campaign to join Ashton United, but was soon reunited with former Avenue boss Alex Meechan at Stafford Rangers.

Meechan has since moved on, but Hill remains on the books.

Graham Kelly

The adventurous left-back shone during his short loan stint at Horsfall, dislodging Matt Hill and delivering several excellent performances.

Having been released by Port Vale, he now plies his trade in Northern Ireland for Larne.

Javan Vidal

The versatile Vidal failed to secure a regular starting berth at Avenue and was released in May 2018.

He has since represented Droylsden, Hednesford Town and Kettering Town, but has been more active off the field recently.

The former Manchester City trainee recently completed a course that prepares people for becoming board members within organisations.

Adam Nowakowski

The fan favourite initially departed at the end of the 2018/19 campaign, but returned in October 2019 and has now made over 100 appearances for the club.

Nicky Wroe

The club’s captain during the 2017/18 season, Wroe made 48 appearances in all competitions as Avenue charged into the play-offs.

He left midway through the following campaign to join Boston United, and now represents Curzon Ashton.

Jamie Spencer

The tenacious midfielder was an ever-present under Mark Bower but is now on the books of Yorkshire rivals Guiseley.

The former Huddersfield Town trainee made a goalscoring return to the Horsfall Stadium last August, netting against his former employers with a stunning long-range strike.

Danny Boshell

When Mark Bower left the club last year, his trusted lieutenant Boshell followed suit.

However, he was brought back alongside Bower last September and recently signed a new contract to remain as assistant manager for another three years.

Nicky Boshell

The brother of Avenue’s assistant manager was released alongside James Knowles in October 2017, and now represents fellow Bradford side Eccleshill United.

Dan Pybus

The attacking midfielder had a brief loan spell at the Horsfall Stadium in 2018, and his career has followed an interesting path since.

Following his departure from Bradford City, he had short stints with Blyth Spartans and Norwegian side FK Tonsberg, before eventually settling at Scottish outfit Queen of the South.

Adam Smith

Avenue supporters never saw the best of Smith, who arrived with impressive pedigree but failed to make his mark.

Following a spell with Matlock Town, he joined Grantham Town as a player-coach but saw his time with the Gingerbreads come to an end in February.

Wayne Brooksby

Brooksby swapped Bradford for the coast in May 2018, when he joined Scarborough Athletic.

He is still with the Seadogs, although it will come as a surprise to Avenue supporters with fond memories of his exploits on the wing that he now operates at left-back.

Cameron Lyn

Lyn saw little action during his time with Avenue but is still active on the non-league circuit.

He had a short spell with Yorkshire Amateur last October and represented Albion Sports before the season was brought to a premature close.

Nicky Clee

Many supporters were disappointed when Clee’s departure was confirmed in May 2019, therefore his return to the club from Ashton United last December was very well received by the Avenue faithful.

The vastly experienced midfielder had been featuring regularly at Horsfall until the coronavirus pandemic hit.

Antoine Recizac

The French midfielder was an unknown quantity when he arrived at Horsfall in January 2018.

He showed glimpses of his talent in some cameo appearances but failed to cement a place in the starting eleven.

After linking up with Clitheroe and impressing, he moved to America and now plays for Mississippi College.

Frank Mulhern

The former Leeds United prodigy was key as Avenue surged into the play-offs in 2018 and he helped his parent club Stockport County lift the National League North title a year later.

He returned to the division in January, sealing a loan move to Boston United, and was leading the line for the Pilgrims before the season was curtailed early.

Lee Knight

Knight will certainly have been frustrated by the premature ending of the season. He now represents 1874 Northwich, who were sitting top of the North West Counties League Premier Division before their season was declared null and void.

Despite being a bit-part player in his Avenue days, Knight has established himself as a first-team regular for the Cheshire side.

Oli Johnson

The gifted forward was one of many to leave the club following the conclusion of the 2018/19 campaign, but he followed in the footsteps of Mark Bower by returning to the Horsfall Stadium later in 2019.

Adam Boyes

Boyes formed a deadly strike partnership with his former Guiseley teammate Oli Johnson at Avenue, but his goalscoring exploits meant that rivals came calling.

Spennymoor Town snapped him up in July 2018, although he hasn’t quite reached the heights he did in West Yorkshire for the Moors.