The 2016/17 Bradford Park Avenue home kit will commemorate Donald Bell VC, on the 100-year anniversary of his death.

The kit is a replica of the one Bell wore whilst playing for Avenue, with thin green and white hoops.donald bell

It also carries a small tribute to Bell, the only professional footballer to be awarded the Victoria Cross, as well as a photograph of him wearing the kit.

The tribute reads: “Donald Simpson Bell VC 1890-1916 awarded this nation’s highest military honour ‘for most conspicuous bravery at Horseshoe Trench at the Battle of the Somme 5th July 1916?”

The kit is just the latest in a long line of tributes to the great man, after Avenue announced a friendly against Newcastle United, another of Bell’s clubs, for the exact anniversary of his death, as well as depicting him on the programme cover for the coming season.

The hooped shirt will be accompanied by white shorts and green socks, which have a white top.

Although the shirt sponsor appears to have changed, T&P Print have in fact sponsored the club for a number of years, however changing their name in the last six months. They will also continue to print the matchday programme.

The reveal of the home kit comes 10 days after the away kit was announced, also carrying a retro theme as a replica of the 1907 home shirt, from the year the club was formed.

As with the away kit, the home shirt will carry the words “Up The Avenue” on the rear of the shirt, below the number.

Both kits have been designed by Tom Stordy will be manufactured by Kappa, and are produced by Sports Bulk Suppliers.

The home and away kits are bespoke, made only for Bradford Park Avenue.

The football club can also announce that both shirts will cost just £35 from the Avenue club shop, with a 5% discount for 2016/17 Supporters’ Club members.


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