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WHO ARE YA? Alex Jones

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Alex Jones

1) Who are ya?

Alex Jones, 25, Live in North Yorkshire, work in Leeds. Played Semi Professional football for Bradford Park Avenue, Harrogate Town and Eccleshill United.

2) Who do you support?

I support Leeds United

3) What was your first game?

Leeds United 4-0 Liverpool (Elland Road, 1994)

4) What do you do for a job?

I’m a Global Business Researcher in the Oil & Gas Industry.

5) Have you played/worked for any football clubs?

Played for Bradford Park Avenue 2007-2009, Harrogate Town 2009 and Eccleshill United 2010 & 2012-2013.

6) How did you get into it?

At a young age, my Dad took me to a few games, then I got selected to play for Leeds United & Middlesbrough Academy.

7) What do you get out of it?

Made me into the player I am today, helped me progress my social skills and progress my communication skills. Taught me leadership to the point where I have been captain of a Semi Pro football club.

8) What advice would you give someone wanting to follow in your stud marks/footsteps?

Take every opportunity which comes your way, plan your future alongside football. Keep in contact with all your managers and friends at clubs (you never know when that might come in handy in future).

9) If you could do it all again what would you change?

The only thing I would change is not going to University, that put my career on hold just as I was getting to the best part of my Semi Pro career. I went to Uni as I thought my future wasn’t in football.

10) Who’s your footballing hero?

Two words – DAVID BATTY.

National Football Museum Archaeologists at old Horton Park Avenue ground

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National Football Museum Archaeologists and BPA fans at old Horton Park Avenue ground

Some of you might find these photo’s interesting – www.flickr.com/photos/108793105@N06

They were taken this morning whilst the gates were unlocked to allow archaeologists working on behalf of the football museum to look around the old Horton Park Avenue ground.

The photographer asked them what they were looking for and they apparently replied that they were searching for the site of the goalposts and clearing undergrowth from part of the Horton End Terracing.

Latest Info:

The National Football Museum says that artist Neville Gabie is working with the archaeologist on site for an upcoming project entitled ‘Breaking Ground’.

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Goal Line Archaeology! Artist Neville Gabie and archaeologist Jason Wood began our “Ground Breaking” project. Picture courtesy of The National Football Museum.

 

Original Bradford (Park Avenue) Ground

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Near post – Ale & hail at the Horsfall!

I spent a pleasant but stormy afternoon at the Horsfall Stadium for Bradford Park Avenue v Gloucester City.

Avenue were running a small-scale but decent beer festival in the Club House, with around 20 different beers and 7 ciders.

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After buying a fiver’s worth of beer tokens, enough to buy two pints, and downing one pint of gunpowder plot-themed Treason ale before the teams came out, I then headed for the stands.

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I found a seat, which wasn’t difficult as the crowd was sparse, took more pictures and watched the game.

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At half time I got my second pint, then moved to the other side of the ground to watch the second half from the far touch line with the die-hards in the rain.

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Avenue won 3-1, but the closing stages of the second half saw thunder and lightening followed by a hail storm.

The ground emptied at the final whistle as the few hundred hardy fans headed home or to the warmth and dryness of the Club House, but I hung around to take photos under the floodlights.

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The rain then turned to hail which sent me scurrying into the main stand:

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The intense hail storm stopped after five minutes or so, so I was able to come out from the cover of the stand and get some shots of the hail stones:

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Taking advantage of a window in the weather, I made my way out of the ground and headed for home.

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