List of Bradford Park Avenue A.F.C. seasons

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This is a list of Bradford Park Avenue A.F.C. seasons in English football, from 1907 when the club joined the Southern League to the 2013-14 season. It details the club's achievements in senior league and cup competitions.

Bradford Park Avenue were formed in 1863 originally as a rugby union team, in 1895 they joined the breakaway Northern Rugby Football Union and played what would become known as rugby league until 1907 when they turned to football and joined the Southern League. The following season they successfully applied to join the Football League, becoming the second team from Bradford to join the league after Bradford City five years previously. The club won just one title during its 51 years in the Football League, when it topped Division Three (North) in 1927–28, and also spent three seasons in the top flight of English football. In each of the four seasons from 1966–67 to 1969–70 the club had to apply for re-election and was eventually voted out of the league to be replaced by Cambridge United in 1970. For four seasons they competed in the Northern Premier League before the club folded in 1974.

A new club was reformed in 1977 originally playing Sunday league football before it joined the Central Midlands Football League in 1989–90 and has won two league titles since. In 2004–05 Park Avenue were playing in the Conference North just two divisions below the Football League, but two successive relegations followed. However, the club managed to regain their position in this league and in 2013-14 in English football Park Avenue play in the Conference North.

Seasons[edit]

Season League FA Cup League Cup[1] Other Top scorer[2]
Division P W D L F A Pts Pos
1907–08 South 1[3] 38 12 12 14 53 54 36 13th
1908–09 Div 2[4] 38 13 6 19 51 59 32 16th 5Q Joe McClarence 14
1909–10 Div 2 38 17 4 17 64 64 59 10th R2 Frank Newton 13
1910–11 Div 2 38 14 9 15 53 55 37 12th R2 Tommy Little 21
1911–12 Div 2 38 13 9 16 44 45 35 11th R3 Jimmy Turnbull 9
1912–13 Div 2 38 14 8 16 60 60 36 13th QF Jimmy Smith 21
1913–14 Div 2 38 23 3 12 71 47 49 2nd R2 Jimmy Smith 27
1914–15 Div 1 38 17 7 14 69 65 41 9th R3 Jimmy Bauchop 29
1915–19 No competitive football was played between 1915 and 1919 due to the First World War.
1919–20 Div 1 42 15 12 15 60 63 42 11th QF David McLean 23
1920–21 Div 1 42 8 8 26 43 76 24 22nd R2 David McLean 22
1921–22 Div 2 42 12 9 21 46 62 33 21st R2 Jimmy Bauchop 15
1922–23 Div 3N 38 19 9 10 67 38 47 2nd R2 George McLean 21
1923–24 Div 3N 42 21 10 11 69 43 52 5th R1 Ken McDonald 17
1924–25 Div 3N 42 19 12 11 84 42 50 5th R2 Bob Wilson 25
1925–26 Div 3N 42 26 8 8 101 43 60 2nd R2 Ken McDonald 46
1926–27 Div 3N 42 24 7 11 101 59 55 3rd R1 Ken McDonald 39
1927–28 Div 3N 42 27 9 6 101 45 63 1st R2 Ken McDonald 29
1928–29 Div 2 42 22 4 16 88 70 48 3rd R5 George McLean 29
1929–30 Div 2 42 19 12 11 91 70 50 4th R5 George McLean 21
1930–31 Div 2 42 18 10 14 97 66 46 6th R5 Trevor Rhodes 20
1931–32 Div 2 42 21 7 14 72 63 49 6th R5 Eddie Parris 13
1932–33 Div 2 42 17 8 17 77 71 42 8th R4 Ernie Suggett 22
1933–34 Div 2 42 23 3 16 86 67 49 5th R3 Harold Blackmore 27
1934–35 Div 2 42 11 16 15 55 63 38 15th R3 Tommy Lewis
Jimmy Robertson
Ernie Suggett
9
1935–36 Div 2 42 14 9 19 62 84 37 16th R5 Tom Nolan 17
1936–37 Div 2 42 12 9 21 52 88 33 20th R3 Tony MacPhee 18
1937–38 Div 2 42 17 9 16 69 56 43 7th R5 George Henson 32
1938–39 Div 2 42 12 11 19 61 82 35 17th R3 Fred Smith 21
1939–40[5] Div 2 3 0 1 2 2 7 1 22nd Tommy McGarry
Edwin Watson
1
1939–45 No competitive football was played between 1939 and 1945 due to the Second World War.
1945–46 There was no league football in 1945–46 QF[6] Jackie Gibbons 8
1946–47 Div 2 42 14 11 17 65 77 39 16th R3 Jackie Gibbons 21
1947–48 Div 2 42 16 8 18 68 72 40 14th R4 John Downie 19
1948–49 Div 2 42 13 11 18 65 78 37 17th R4 George Ainsley 16
1949–50 Div 2 42 10 11 21 51 77 31 22nd R3 Gerry Henry 11
1950–51 Div 3N 46 23 8 15 90 72 54 6th R2 Bob Crosbie 28
1951–52 Div 3N 46 19 12 15 74 64 50 8th R4 Phil Turner 27
1952–53 Div 3N 46 19 12 15 75 61 50 7th R2 Bob Crosbie 16
1953–54 Div 3N 46 18 14 14 77 68 50 9th R3 Len Pickard 23
1954–55 Div 3N 46 15 11 20 56 70 41 16th R2 Andy McLaren
Len Pickard
8
1955–56 Div 3N 46 13 7 26 61 122 33 23rd[7] R3 Whelan Ward 15
1956–57 Div 3N 46 16 3 27 66 93 35 20th R2 Barry Smith 29
1957–58 Div 3N 46 13 11 22 68 95 37 22nd R1 Alvan Williams 17
1958–59 Div 4[8] 46 18 7 21 75 77 43 14th R2 John Buchanan 23
1959–60 Div 4 46 17 15 14 70 68 49 11th R3 John Allan 31
1960–61 Div 4 46 26 8 12 84 74 60 4th R1 R2 John Buchanan 21
1961–62 Div 3 46 20 7 19 80 78 47 11th R1 R1 Tommy Spratt 22
1962–63 Div 3 46 14 12 20 79 97 40 21st R1 R3 Kevin Hector 19
1963–64 Div 4 46 18 9 19 75 81 45 13th R2 R3 Kevin Hector 21
1964–65 Div 4 46 20 17 9 86 62 57 7th R1 R1 Kevin Hector 30
1965–66 Div 4 46 21 5 20 102 92 47 11th R1 R2 Kevin Hector 45
1966–67 Div 4 46 11 13 22 52 79 35 23rd[7] R3 R2 Bobby Ham 17
1967–68 Div 4 46 4 15 27 30 82 23 24th[7] R2 R1 Geoff Lloyd 12
1968–69 Div 4 46 5 10 31 32 106 20 24th[7] R1 R1 Derek Draper 7
1969–70 Div 4 46 6 11 29 41 96 23 24th[9] R1 R1 Ray Charnley 12
1970–71 NPL 42 15 8 19 54 73 38 14th R1 FA Trophy R1
1971–72 NPL 46 13 13 20 54 71 39 18th 4Q FA Trophy R1
1972–73 NPL 46 19 17 10 63 50 55 5th 3Q FA Trophy R2
1973–74 NPL 46 9 15 22 42 84 33 21st[10] 3Q FA Trophy R1
1974–75
1975–76
1976–77
1977–78
1978–79
1979–80
1980–81
1981–82
1982–83
1983–84
1984–85
1985–86
1986–87
1987–88
1988–89
1989–90 CML 38 11 8 19 59 83 41 16th
1990–91 NWC 2 34 20 9 5 72 41 69 3rd
1991–92 NWC 1 34 10 5 19 57 68 35 17th FA Vase EP
1992–93 NWC 1 42 19 8 15 54 43 65 6th 2Q FA Vase R1
1993–94 NWC 1 42 12 12 18 54 79 48 15th PR FA Vase PR
1994–95 NWC 1 42 30 4 8 96 43 94 1st PR FA Vase R2
1995–96 NPL 1 40 9 14 17 57 72 41 17th 4Q FA Trophy 1Q
1996–97 NPL 1 42 20 8 14 58 50 68 7th 2Q FA Trophy R2
1997–98 NPL 1 42 18 11 13 62 46 65 9th PR FA Trophy 3Q
1998–99 NPL 1 42 17 11 14 64 55 62 9th 3Q FA Trophy R4
1999–00 NPL 1 42 23 9 10 77 48 78 4th 2Q FA Trophy R1
2000–01 NPL 1 42 28 5 9 83 40 89 1st 1Q FA Trophy R1
2001–02 NPL P 44 18 5 21 77 76 59 10th 3Q FA Trophy R1
2002–03 NPL P 44 20 10 14 73 70 70 7th 3Q FA Trophy R2
2003–04 NPL P 44 12 14 18 48 62 50 17th R1 FA Trophy R3
2004–05 Conf N[11] 42 5 9 28 37 70 24 22nd 3Q FA Trophy R1
2005–06 NPLP 42 10 9 23 64 86 39 21st 2Q FA Trophy 1Q
2006–07 NPL1 46 24 10 12 77 47 82 4th PR FA Trophy 3Q
2007–08 NPL 1N 42 25 7 10 91 43 82 1st 4Q FA Trophy 1Q
2008–09 NPLP 42 20 12 10 74 52 72 7th 2Q FA Trophy 1Q
2009–10 NPLP 38 24 6 8 94 51 78 2nd 3Q FA Trophy 1Q
2010–11 NPLP 42 23 8 11 84 55 77 3rd 1Q FA Trophy 1Q
2011–12 NPLP 42 24 6 12 77 49 78 4th R1 FA Trophy 1Q
2012–13 Conf N 42 19 9 14 75 52 66 7th R1 FA Trophy 3Q
2013–14 Conf N 27 9 8 10 49 53 34 13th 4Q FA Trophy R2
2014–15 Conf N 42 14 11 17 52 66 53 13th 2Q FA Trophy R1
2015–16 NL North 42 13 11 18 51 59 50 14th 3Q FA Trophy R2

Key[edit]

Champions Runners-up Promoted Relegated

Division shown in bold when it changes due to promotion or relegation. Top scorer shown in bold when he set or equalled a club record.

References and footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ The League Cup was founded in the 1960–61 season.
  2. ^ Figures include goals in the Football and Premier Leagues, FA Cup, League Cup, European competitions, playoffs/test matches, Full Members Cup, Football League Trophy, Football League Group Cup and the Football League Third Division (North) Challenge Cup.
  3. ^ Replaced Fulham in Southern League following unsuccessful application to the Football League.
  4. ^ Elected to the Football League.
  5. ^ The 1939–40 season was abandoned in early September and all results annulled, after only three matches had been played.
  6. ^ All FA Cup ties in 1945–46 were played on a two legged basis.
  7. ^ a b c d The club successfully applied for re-election to the Football League.
  8. ^ Bradford Park Avenue were placed in Division Four on league reorganisation.
  9. ^ Bradford Park Avenue failed in their re-election bid and were replaced in the league by Cambridge United.
  10. ^ Bradford Park Avenue folded in 1974 following the end of the season.
  11. ^ Bradford Park Avenue were placed in the Conference North on league reorganisation following play-off games with Spennymoor United, Ashton United and Burscough.

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