Tom Bradshaw (footballer, born 1904)

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Tom Bradshaw
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Personal information
Full name Thomas Bradshaw
Date of birth(1904-02-07)7 February 1904
Place of birth Bishopton, Scotland
Date of death 22 February 1986(1986-02-22) (aged 82)
Place of death Coatbridge, Scotland
Position(s) Wing half
Youth career
1920–1922 Woodside Juniors
Senior career*
1922–1930 Bury
1930–1938 Liverpool 277 (3)
1938–1939 Third Lanark 5 (0)
1939 South Liverpool
International career
1928 Scotland 1 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Thomas Bradshaw (7 February 1904 – 22 February 1986) was a Scottish footballer of the 1920s and 1930s, who played for Bury, Liverpool, Third Lanark [1] and South Liverpool. He also played once for the Scotland national football team, in their 5–1 win against England in 1928. A large, physically imposing player, Bradshaw was ironically nicknamed 'Tiny'.


Playing career


He began his professional career with English side Bury, in 1922, having been signed from local amateur side Woodside Juniors. A wing-half or centre-half, Bradshaw spent eight years with the Lancashire club.

Wembley Wizards

Bradshaw was called up for his senior international debut on 31 March 1928 at Wembley Stadium in a 5–1 win over England, a performance that saw the Scotland side dubbed the 'Wembley Wizards'. In his one game for Scotland Bradshaw directly nullified Dixie Dean, England's most potent goalscorer of his generation. Despite such a notable individual and team performance, Bradshaw was the only wizard to have this game as their only full cap.


Two years later, in January 1930, Liverpool manager George Patterson paid £8000 for his services, he made his debut on 25 January at Anfield against Manchester United. It was a day to remember as Liverpool won the game 1–0. His first goal for Liverpool came on 3 September 1932 in a match against Newcastle United, where Newcastle won a 4–3 thriller. Tom stayed at the Merseyside club for eight years, playing most of his games at centre-back, eventually racking up 291 appearances.

Later career in football

Following his departure in 1938, Bradshaw had short spells with Third Lanark and South Liverpool, before retiring to work as a scout for Norwich City for a period of time. In 1947–48 Bradshaw was coach in the Netherlands at 't Gooi. [2] [3]

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