Date: Saturday, 17th October 2015\r\n\r\nCompetition: Vanarama National League North\r\n\r\nKick-Off: 3pm\r\n\r\nLocation: Horsfall Stadium, Bradford\r\n\r\nGloucester City make the long, arduous journey to the Horsfall Stadium tomorrow as they take on 18th placed Bradford Park Avenue.\r\n\r\nTouted by many as potential play-off candidates before the season began, a poor run of results sees Avenue just ahead of the Tigers only on goal difference, having only recorded two wins all season, both 1-0 scores at home.\r\n\r\nDespite Bradford playing 120 minutes of FA Cup action on Tuesday before going down 1-0 to Salford, boss Tim Harris insists the Tigers will not have the advantage because of it.\r\n\r\nHe said: “At the end of the day it’s about us again. They’ve invested heavily, they’ve got a very strong squad and I’m surprised to see them where they are because they’ve got a lot of quality.\r\n\r\n”We’ll go there with confidence after our result last weekend, try to build on that and get on a little run.\r\n\r\n”With the results they have compiled this year they shouldn’t be competing where they are. I’d like to think we are stronger than last year but we need to win a few games.”\r\n\r\nThe opponents:\r\n\r\nThe original club was formed in 1863 as the Bradford Football Club, playing rugby football, and achieved its first major success by winning the Yorkshire Cup in 1884.\r\n\r\nA member of the Rugby Football Union (RFU), Bradford FC became a founding member of the breakaway Northern Rugby Football Union (after an internal RFU dispute over broken-time payments) in 1895.\r\n\r\nBradford won the championship in 1903–04 and the Challenge Cup in 1905–06. In 1907, what is known as “The Great Betrayal” occurred when a narrow majority of members decided to abandon the Northern Union game (later known as rugby league) in favour of Association football, still based at the Park Avenue ground.\r\n\r\nThe faction left the original club and formed a new Northern Union club, Bradford Northern. Bradford Northern applied for membership of the Northern Union, replacing Bradford FC.\r\n\r\nOn 23 August 2012, Bradford Park Avenue was one of the parties interested in purchasing the Bradford Bulls (who had entered administration in June).\r\n\r\nIn 1908, Bradford FC was elected to the Second Division of the Football League. The club was promoted to the First Division in 1914 after finishing second, and achieved its highest-ever league position (ninth) at the end of the 1914–15 season.\r\n\r\nAfter several difficult seasons, in 1970 they were replaced in the Football League by Cambridge United. The club joined the Northern Premier League, selling Park Avenue in 1973 and sharing facilities with Bradford City.\r\n\r\nBradford Park Avenue went into liquidation on 3 May 1974 with debts of £57,652 ($95,517), and immediately re-formed as a Sunday league club playing in the league club’s former colours.\r\n\r\nA new club was formed to return Bradford Park Avenue to Saturday football for the 1988–89 season, joining the West Riding County Amateur Football League and then the Central Midlands League.\r\n\r\nThe club moved to the North West Counties League the following season, playing matches at rugby-league grounds such as Bramley and Mount Pleasant, Batley).\r\n\r\nIn February 2008, chief executive Bob Blackburn unveiled plans for a 20,000-seat stadium at Phoenix Park in Thornbury, within the Leeds metropolitan district, but the site had to be sold before this was realized.\r\n\r\nIn July 2008 Blackburn predicted on a supporters’ forum that the club would reach the Football League within four years (an achievement no longer possible).\r\n\r\nIn 2012, Bradford gained promotion to the Conference North by beating F.C. United of Manchester 1–0 in the playoff final.\r\n\r\nTeam news: \r\n\r\nObi Anoruo is still struggling with a shin injury picked up against Kidlington and won’t be fit in time.\r\n\r\nBilly Jones is also recovering from a slight Achilles problem and will not be risked.\r\n\r\nJack Harris will play a couple of games for Mangotsfield United as he looks to regain match fitness following a lengthy injury that has kept him out for the best part of 6 months.
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