Friday, June 15, 2012

That's the ticket as Bradford Park Avenue bid to maximise their income

 Source: Bradford Telegraph and Argus

 The backroom team at Horsfall Stadium are working hard to maximise their income so that they can compete in the Blue Square Bet North Division after winning promotion.

Finance director Kevin Hainsworth and chairman John Dean are looking into new avenues of sponsorship and are also trying to extend their ties with their long- term partners.

The club’s chief executive officer Bob Blackburn is helping out in his own area of expertise and overseeing extensive work on the ground.

Blackburn said: “It will be a Wembley-type surface for the players this coming season because there is a lot of work going into it. We have already done a lot on the buildings and seating areas in the stands.

“There has been a lot more interest since we won promotion, and Kevin and John are doing a lot and season tickets are selling well. It is a big step up - we know that, but we feel we owe it to our supporters to give it our best shot.

“The fans were brilliant last season and I’m glad for them that we repaid them for standing in the rain on miserable midweek nights.

"There will also be a constant reminder of our play- off final win to all the season-ticket holders because a picture of Tom Greaves’ goal is on the back!

“I think that’s brilliant and I couldn’t resist having a dig at Jon Worsnop. I rang him up to tell him he was on the back of our new season ticket – picking the ball out of the back of the net.

"He called me something I couldn’t possibly repeat but he took it in good spirit, and that’s him all over. He loves the banter.”

Worsnop began his career with Bradford’s other club, City, but had a spell with Avenue under Lee Sinnott. He is currently with FC United of Manchester and was between the sticks for the Mancunians in the play-off final.

He had a good game but was finally beaten by Greaves’ predatory strike in the last few minutes of extra time.