In Celebration of a traditional Bradford football Christmas

Boring Stan, the Park Avenue fan by Tony Hannan

Reproduced from Bradford Park Avenue Fightback! pub. by The City Gent, 1989

Tony Hannan is nowadays better known as a successful author and publisher as well as editor of the monthly RL magazine, Forty20. Thirty odd years ago he had established a local reputation as a cartoonist with his work published in the Telegraph & Argus. In 1988 as editor of The City Gent I encouraged Tony to produce Bernard of the Bantams, a comic with a number of cartoon strips about Bratfud football which ran to about half a dozen issues between 1988-90. Boring Stan the Avenue fan is possibly the best remembered of the characters and the cartoon above was produced for a special one-off publication produced by The City Gent to help encourage interest in the revival of Bradford Park Avenue.

*The character Boring Stan subsequently became used as a nickname by City supporters for the reformed Bradford Park Avenue – the Stans being the generation of fans who had followed the original Avenue club before its liquidation in 1974 and kept the dream alive to revive the club in 1988.

(NB Below left Avenue ‘Arry was the 1960s BPA equivalent of the City Gent character, pictured in green / white.)

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