Following their promotion to the Vanarama National League, Adam Chabukiani's Bradford Park Avenue are now obliged to give a set of squad numbers out to his team.
Last season, Bradford Park Avenue were among the set of clubs who had to hand out shirts one to sixteen on matchdays only in National League North.
But now Chabukiani has decided to hand out number starting from number one, with goalkeeper Myles Wright up to number forty-three with sixteen year-old target man Mark Stevenson.
The Stans are looking very good going into the new season, bolstered with five new first-team signings as well as the development from last seasons group of players. Bradford Park Avenue fans can have a good sense of security going into the 2016/17 season against Gateshead on Saturday.
As the grand opening to the new 2016/17 Vanarama National League season takes place, we have made an exquisite start to life in the fifth tier, going unbeaten throughout the entire month of August. After a classic 3-1 win over Scottish Premiership side Hibernian in preseason, we headed further up north to play Gateshead away from home.
We greeted Alex Hay's team with three goals in the second half, with two coming from lethal Australian Matthew Fletcher, and the other from Irish youth international Jack Hallahan. The 3-0 win also introduced Nathaniel Oseni, Anthony Breslin, Samir Nabi and Harry Charsley to their competitive Bradford debuts. From then on, we only conceded one goal in a 1-1 draw with Woking, ending the month on 16 points.
A somewhat outstanding month has lumped us up to the top of the league, leading the way as we head into the second month of the new season. A good preseason could be having an impact on the players, with great performances against several great teams maybe pushing the players' confidence that little bit higher.
To end the month with only one goal conceded shows the strength of our defence, and the fact we are the second top goalscorers with 15, behind by one goal to Gateshead only also shows the strength of our attack, as well as our midfield creativity.
With Nick Liversedge leaving Horsfall Stadium for Major League Soccer back in July, Myles Wright has been left without back-up until now.
Bradford Park Avenue boss Adam Chabukiani has decided to bring young English goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell back to West Yorkshire following his release from Leeds United as his contract expired in June.
The youngster did not manage to play a single game for Leeds United in the first-team, playing second fiddle to both Marco Silvestri and Ross Turnbull at Elland Road in the Championship.
Since his release, the 19-year-old told the Yorkshire Post: 'Championship level football is not made for me yet, I need to work my way up,' said Peacock-Farrell.
He certainly is following what he told the regional press, as he joins the National League side on a non-contract basis, with the intention of playing back-up to former Chesterfield man Myles Wright at Horsfall Stadium.
Current Leeds United manager commented on Peacock-Farrell, along with fellow youth goalkeeper Eric Grimes - an Irish Under-19's international to the Yorkshire Evening Post, claiming both young keepers were 'fine young men'.
Peacock-Farrell, who stands at 6'1" and weighs in at 12 stone and 10 pounds will wear the number 36 for Bradford Park Avenue. Former back-up keeper Shaun Barrow will move back down to the Under-21's as a result of the new arrival.
After what was an impeccable first month, the famous saying of 'what goes up must come down' definitely applies to our second month of the season as we reached nowhere near the standard that took us up to 1st place after the first six games of the season.
Now, as we finish our twelfth match of the season, we have unfortunately tumbled down into third place after dropping points against Braintree, Boreham Wood, Ebbsfleet and Bristol Rovers all in September after picking up 16 points the month beforehand.
A kick up the arse was probably what we needed to remind ourselves that this step up isn't going to be the easiest one ever. We haven't lost much ground in fairness to the lads, despite dropping a lot of points over the course of this month we still remain only two points behind the new league leaders in Gateshead.
You know what? Today I felt like giving the chairman something to think about. I gazed out across the inexpensive Cemetery Road training field and I thought: I want a new contract.
It seemed pretty egotistical to say that for myself, but I know myself what I have brought to this club, success after success with no financial leaks anywhere, with Bradford PA being in one of the best monetary positions in its history.
I was earning way under what I deserved to be earning, £650 per week is hardly a monster contract when you have Ian Dawes, taking Chester into 20th after fifteen earning £1,000 per week. I wanted more money or else I would seek it at a different club. I already had Gateshead and Morecambe asking me to come in for interviews earlier this season.
It was an ultimatum for Dr Dean and I knew that I was risking a place at the club I belong to for a bit more money, but I'm sure John knows that money equals quality. It's how football has changed. Besides, I only had until the end of this season left on my current deal.
We are top of the league, so what better time to ask for a new deal? He had no justification to deny me a new deal!
I barely even knocked on Dr Dean's door, I simply marched in, wanting a quick resolve to my issue and I wasn't going to get that by being polite. I had to be an arsehole.
"Do we not knock on doors anymore?" John asked me.
I stared him down, maybe more aggressively than I intended. "Are you OK Adam?" he asked me another question.
"Dr Dean, I'm not being funny or anything but I'm getting a new contract," I demanded. "We're top of the league, my deal runs out at the end of the season, I'm one of the lowest paid managers in the league," I put my arguments forward.
John rustled his Worthers Originals packet before popping the sweet in his mouth as he sat up in his chair alarmed at the situation I had put forward. "Why the sudden urge?"
I huffed impatiently. John was testing me out. "As chairman of this club I expect you to not only check the league tables every week, but to realise just how much money I am bringing into this club on a monthly and weekly basis. I feel obliged to a new deal," I shouted, banging my fist on his desk every few words.
Dr Dean took off his glasses and observed my facial expressions, to which I had no control over at the moment. "Take a seat," John picked up the phone and dialed a number. "Gareth, you don't mind coming into my office now do you... Great, I'll see you in two," he had called Gareth Roberts, the clubs' Managing Director.
We sat in silence as we waited for Roberts to arrive at Dean's office just down the corridor.
As he came in he greeted me before shaking my hand, giving John Dean a knowing nod, due to my propensity of outbursts in the chairman's office.
"What's going on then, Mr Chairman?" Roberts enquired.
"Our man here wants a new contract," Dean explained. "He feels his wage is too low,"
Roberts glanced at me before turning back to the chairman. "I think he is correct," I gave a wry smile towards the chairman. "Mr Chabukiani has opened up a lot of doors for us since his arrival last season. The least we can do is give him what he wants,"
Dr John Dean hesitated for a few seconds, evidently taking Roberts' words into consideration, as well as my smug grin on the other side of the table.
"What do you want, Adam," Dean made it sound like he was forced into giving into me. It didn't sound like a question, more like an obligation.
"£1,100 per week, a year extension until June 2018, 80 per cent compensation if I leave for another club and 20 per cent promotion wage rise," I let my words sink into the chairman's ear before adding more fuel to the fire. "Make it a 10 per cent yearly wage increase as well,"
Gareth Roberts looked sympathetically to his right, aiming his sight at the chairman. I was simply getting what I felt I deserved.
John finally broke the silence hanging in the air. "Gareth, get Judy to print off the contractual procedures please," Dean didn't say another word to me as I left the room, knowing I had done what I had set out to do.
We did fairly well for ourselves this month, with a lot of difficult points gathered but also dropping some vital points which could take us further up the table into top spot. Next month we will begin our cup runs in both the F.A. Trophy and F.A. Cup as we play Farsley Celtic and Leamington respectively. We are pushing towards the central part of the season, so results at this stage are absolutely vital.
This month was a heavy improvement on last month, despite having played more games than September. We picked up thirteen points this month after losing two matches over the course of the month. We now sit tightly in second, with the aim of top of the table just two points away from us but the fear of dropping out of the top two just seven goals away.
As you will be able to see through the match details, we have signed a new defender in former Blackpool left-back Charles Dunne. This has had a knock-on effect as the club have also let go another former Blackpool left-back in Andre Blackman as we already have Anthony Breslin as our starting left-back. Dunne is meant to give us strength in depth in that department, with his Championship experience coming in handy to our push for a surprising back-to-back promotion into the Football League for the first time since 1970 when we were relegated from Division 4.
After breaking several English footballing records in the lower leagues, Adam Chabukiani is about to test Guernsey FC's Ross Allen in the higher tiers.
Ever since the departure of Marcel Barrington to Kidderminster Harriers in July, lethal hitman Matthew Fletcher has lacked any form of competition since the new season began.
Despite this, Fletcher has not let last seasons form slip whatsoever, as he has banged in sixteen goals in seventeen matches for Avenue, taking him to the top of the Vanarama National League goalscoring charts.
Bradford Park Avenue boss Adam Chabukiani is worried about injuries, though, with young players at this level susceptible to injuries more than any other due to the aggressive nature of the league. Chabukiani is worried about Fletcher in this instance.
That is why he has taken it upon himself to poach Guernsey talisman Ross Allen on a free transfer. The 29-year-old has made headlines in national sports news outlets, mostly BBC Sport and ITV about his goalscoring talents.
The 5'10" striker scored 51 goals in 32 games in his first season playing for Guernsey in the Combined Counties League, one of the highest goalscoring feats in English footballing history.
In Guernsey's 11-0 win over Crawley Down Gatwick in January 2014 Allen scored a doubl hat-trick, including a hat-trick inside the first half of the match.
His goalscoring ability has caught the eye of many clubs over the years, as high as Coventry City in League One at one point, but it is Adam Chabukiani who has brought Allen to his second club of his career, joining Guernsey upon its formation in 2011.
Chabukiani spoke about his new striker to Bradford Telegraph & Argus: I think the entirety of England knows this lads ability, I am absolutely sure that Allen will be a success here."
Allen signed a £100 per week deal at Bradford Park Avenue until June 2018 after terminating his non-contract deal at Guernsey of whom he has played at since 2011.
This month we played more cup games than we did league games, with games against local rivals Farsley Celtic as well as FA Cup matches against Leamington and Crewe Alexandra. Games against Crewe and Lincoln were postponed towards the back-end of November due to waterlogged pitches. However in the league we managed to pick up four points against Cheltenham and Barrow. Ross Allen bagged his first goal for the club this month.
As we head into the last month of 2016, we are in second place, trailing just two points behind Gary Waddock's Forest Green Rovers, who will be our first opponents in December. Former Bradford Park Avenue star Julio Arca is set to make a return to Horsfall Stadium in that fixture, with the Argentinian taking up the vice-captain role at The New Lawn. In terms of losing our Play-Off status, we are six points away from doing so, with Gateshead (6th) on 36 points.