Staff

Mark Bower

First Team Manager

Sponsored by: Ben Harvey

Mark, 36, was appointed Avenue manager in September 2016, and after an incredible turnaround which led to the club’s National League North safety, he was awarded with a new 18 month deal at the end of the 2016-17 season.

Bower had spent the last three years in charge at Avenue’s neighbours Guiseley, defeating all the odds to not only gain promotion to the National League, but also to avoid relegation from non-league’s top flight.

Born in Bradford, the former centre-back spent the vast majority of his playing days across the city at Valley Parade, making a total of 254 appearances for Bradford City over his 12 years at the club.

He also had spells at York City, playing under Terry Dolan, Luton Town, Darlington, Halifax Town and then Guiseley, where he was appointed manager in 2013.

Taking over the role with Guiseley on just eight points after eight games, Bower steered the Lions to a fifth placed finish, losing in the play-off final to a last-minute Altrincham goal.

Another fifth placed finish followed, Bower’s Guiseley travelling to Chorley for the final this time round. Going in at the break 2-0 down, his side somehow turned it around to win 3-2 and gain promotion to the National League, the club’s highest ever standing.

Danny Boshell

Assistant Manager

Sponsored by: Paul Armitage

Danny was appointed player-assistant alongside Mark Bower upon his arrival at the club in September 2016.

The pair worked together at Guiseley in Bower’s previous managerial position, where Boshell also held the same role.

The 35-year-old midfielder made 186 league appearances over six years at Nethermoor, and was appointed assistant to Bower upon his appointment in 2013.

Prior to Guiseley, Boshell spent prolonged periods at Grimsby Town and Oldham Athletic, where he came through the ranks.

Boshell lines up alongside his brother Nicky, who moved to Avenue in the summer for his third spell at the club.

Ryan Toulson

First Team Coach

Sponsored by: Bob Cooley

Attacking full-back Ryan joined Avenue in the summer of 2016, switching from neighbours Guiseley.

The 31-year-old had spent the previous two seasons at Nethermoor, making 34 appearances as they gained promotion to the National League, before playing 38 times as the Lions defeated the odds to stay up last term.

Prior to his second career stint at Guiseley, Toulson also helped Halifax to promotion from the then-Conference North. He in fact started his career at the Shay, before spells at Harrogate Town and Gainsborough Trinity.

He joined Guiseley for the first time in 2010 before returning to Halifax after one season. Extending his stay with the club in 2017, it was announced that Toulson would take up a coaching role and figure less prominently as a player.

Tally Clayton

Sports Rehabilitator

Sponsored by: EasiPanel

23-year-old Tally joined the club in summer 2016 as Physio for the First Team and Academy sides.

Having previously worked for Bury, Barrow and Ossett Town football clubs and  Normanton Knights in Rugby League she studied sport rehabilitation at the University of Bolton.

She has also completed placement work with Bolton Wanderers academy, Fiji and Wales international Rugby League sides, London Broncos, Wigan Warriors, Harrogate Town and Harrogate rugby club.

Ian Sewell

Kit Manager

Sponsored by: The Nutty Boys

Alex Meechan

Academy Head Coach

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Meechan originally joined Avenue in March 2016, as the first team’s assistant manager, before a brief stint as first team manager at the Horsfall Stadium.

After the end of the season, he was appointed full-time by the club in order to head up the all-new Academy, which has now completed a successful first season.

Meechan, 37, had three spells with Forest Green Rovers during his footballing career, as well as spells with a number of other clubs including Dagenham & Redbridge, Halifax Town, Chester City, York City, Stalybridge Celtic, Worcester City and Colwyn Bay.

He had his first coaching opportunity with AFC Telford United from March 2013 and moved to Barrow shortly afterwards where he was also assistant to Edmondson.

Although Alex was born in Plymouth, his family hail from Bingley and have had links with both Bradford clubs over the years.

Matt Hill

Academy Coach

Sponsored by: Margaret O’Shea

Experienced left-back Matty joined the club in the summer of 2016, both as a player and a coach in the newly-formed Academy.

His career has seen him make 452 appearances in the Football League, including two in the Premier League for Wolves in 2009.

The defender started his career at Bristol City, where he made his debut aged 17 in 1998.

He went on to establish himself as a regular at Ashton Gate, making 246 appearances in all competitions and spending three years playing alongside Avenue’s Academy head coach Alex Meechan.

Preston North End paid £100,000 for Hill’s services in 2005 ,taking him into the Championship for the first time. He made 119 appearances before commanding another transfer fee as he was signed by Mick McCarthy’s Wolves.

After helping Wolves to the Championship title, Hill made just two appearances in the top flight, Hill spent the second half of the season on loan at QPR, before joining Barnsley at the end of the campaign.

A year at Oakwell was followed by a year at Blackpool’s Bloomfield Road, before Hill joined Sheffield United, where he made 95 appearances in three seasons ahead of his move to Tranmere in 2014, where he made 47 appearances in two years.

Before joining Avenue, Hill had made 567 career appearances in total, scoring nine goals.