Bulford makes goalscoring start after signing for Blyth AFC

Joint manager Michael Connor with Andrew Bulford.
Joint manager Michael Connor with Andrew Bulford.

Northern League division two outfit Blyth AFC have signed prolific goal scorer Andrew ‘Bully’ Bulford.

Bulford was the first player to score in every game of the FA Vase run in 2012 including replays, a double legged semi-final and in the final whilst playing for Dunston UTS.

Crowned man of the match in the Wembley final after scoring both goals in the 2-0 victory over West Auckland Town, joint manager Michael Connor said signing striker ‘Bully’ was a real coup for the club.

“Bully is an out and out goal scorer and has already given Blyth another dimension, scoring against Thornaby in his debut for the club to help with our victory in our first game of the season.

“We had been after him for a while and are delighted he has fitted in so well to a strong squad and he has the potential to score many goals for us for the rest of the season too, helping us bring in those well needed points.

“He, along with the other lads, helps form our vision and determination to get to the top of the league and reach promotion.”

Although in his 13th season in the Northern League, Bulford believes it won’t be unlucky for him having gained promotion twice from division two with his previous clubs, Consett AFC and Ryton.

Bulford, from Newcastle, said: “Joining Blyth AFC is an exciting challenge for me and one that I hope I can be a part of another promotion into division one.

“Coming from a division one team (Ashington AFC) I know a few of the other new signings such as Oliver, McGorrigan and Richardson when we played for Ashington AFC together, so Blyth AFC already feels like home, and a place I feel I can add value to.

“The quality we have within the club should make our dreams of promotion realistic and I hope to continue to enjoy my football and score lots of goals.”

Bulford made his debut on Saturday in the 5-3 home win over Thornaby, scoring the fourth goal in the second half.

Blyth AFC take on Hebburn Town away on Saturday, kick-off 3pm, followed by the second home game of the season against Chester-le-Street on Wednesday, August 16, kick-off 7.45pm.

Each Blyth AFC home game is £6 entry on the door with concessions available by emailing info@blythafc.co.uk

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