After four seasons of struggle, Bradford Football Club’s pioneering association section played its last game on Saturday 29th April 1899. The record books show that Sheffield Wednesday Reserve were the visitors to Park Avenue on that day in the Yorkshire League. In reality however, this would have been Wednesday’s third team, as the South Yorkshire club also fielded a “Reserve” side in the much stronger Midland League.
The following report appeared in the Bradford Daily Telegraph two days later.
BRADFORD V SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY RESERVE
At Park Avenue, in the presence of a moderate attendance of spectators. The Bradford team included several Yorkshire Regiment players, and the visitors were strongly represented. Within two minutes of the commencement of the game, the Sheffield goal was vigorously attacked, and Seaman scored. Kaye equalised, and obtained a second goal, and Moore afterwards scored for Bradford. Some excellent play was witnessed on both sides. Moore reopened his account in the second half of the game with a couple of effective shots, and Garner scored a fifth point. Towards the close Gray also contributed a goal. The visitors were unable to make any further score, and were thus defeated by six goals to two.
It would be eight long years before Bradford played the association game again. The club readopted the round ball code in 1907 when it joined the Southern League, election to the Football League following a year later.