During that time it hosted matches in all four divisions of the Football League and, in , an international between England and Ireland. They played in the First Division between and , and then fell into Division 3 North before a promotion to the Second Division in which saw them remain at that level until That Division 3 N title remained their solitary honour. In they missed the cut for the newly-formed national Third Division, and found themselves briefly in Division Four.
Its name, derived from its former home Park Avenue , was used to avoid confusion with Bradford City , but the club is traditionally known locally simply as Bradford. The present club is a reincarnation of the club which played in the Football League from to before dropping to the Northern Premier League and going into liquidation in The new entity, established in , currently competes in the National League North , the sixth tier of English football, and plays home matches at the 3,capacity Horsfall Athletics Stadium. Bradford are one of 35 clubs to compete in all four top tiers of English football. The original club was formed in as the Bradford Football Club, playing rugby football , and achieved its first major success by winning the Yorkshire Cup in Bradford were runners-up the Challenge Cup in —98 , won the championship in —04 , and won the Challenge Cup in — In , 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.
A second half Southport comeback earned them an important point after Bradford Park Avenue rushed into a comfortable first half lead. The draw means that Port drop to 15th and Bradford Park Avenue stay fourth level on points with third-placed Spennymoor. Shortly after the half hour mark, Bradford doubled their lead.
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