Paddy Bradshaw

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Paddy Bradshaw
Personal information
Date of birth 1912
Place of birth Dublin, Ireland
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1938–1941 St James's Gate
1941-19xx Shelbourne
1943–1944 St James's Gate
National team
1938–1939 Ireland (FAI) 5 (4)
1938–1940 League of Ireland XI 3 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 December 2008.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 December 2008

Paddy Bradshaw (1912 - November 1963) was an Irish footballer who played for St James's Gate and Shelbourne in the League of Ireland. Bradshaw was something of a late bloomer, making his League of Ireland debut at the age of 26, before then going onto enjoy a brief but meteoric career during the seasons approaching the Second World War. A month after making his senior league debut, he made his international debut for Ireland and went onto to make 5 appearances and score 4 goals during the 1938–39 international season. He was also the top goalscorer in the League of Ireland for two consecutive seasons, helping St James's Gate win the league title in 1940.

Club career[edit]

Bradshaw was born in a poor part of Dublin and left school at an early age to help supplement his family income, working mainly on the docks. His football talents soon brought him to prominence and proved a help in gaining employment. A hard, tenacious striker with a strong body swerve and great pace, he could beat defenders with ease. Despite this, he turned down offers from several clubs in the League of Ireland and from Manchester City. At the end of the 1937–38 season, at the age of 26, he was at his peak. He played for an Ireland Junior team against a Birmingham FA XI at Dalymount Park and scored a hat-trick in a 4–3 defeat. A week later, he scored again for a Leinster Senior League XI in a 2–2 draw with Motherwell. The interest in him increased and he eventually signed for St James's Gate. On his senior debut for the club in August 1938, he scored five goals in a 10–2 win against Limerick.[1] The next two seasons saw Bradshaw finish as top goalscorer in the League of Ireland, scoring 22 goals during in 1938–39 and 29 in 1939–40.[2] Bradshaw also had a spell with Shelbourne and finished as the club's top league goalscorer with 11 goals during the 1941–42 season.[3]

Irish international[edit]

Between 1938 and 1939 Bradshaw made 5 appearances and scored 4 goals for Ireland.[4] He made his international debut on 18 September 1938 in a 4–0 win against Switzerland at Dalymount Park. Bradshaw opened the scoring after just 20 seconds, the quickest ever goal in the history of the FAI XI, when he blocked an attempted clearance by the Swiss goalkeeper, Huber.[5] Jimmy Dunne added a second in the 8th minute before then turning provider when his cross was headed in by Bradshaw for the third in the 20th minute. Only an outstanding second-half performance by Huber prevented Bradshaw from scoring a hat-trick. He did, however, help set-up Tommy Donnelly for Ireland's fourth goal. On 13 November 1938 Bradshaw won his second international cap as he helped Ireland to a 3–2 win against Poland, again at Dalymount Park. On 19 March 1939 in a 2–2 draw with Hungary at the Mardyke, Bradshaw scored his third international goal. He then went on a European tour with Ireland and played in the team's last two internationals before the Second World War. The first of these was a return game against Hungary on 18 May 1939 which again finished as a 2–2 draw. He made his last appearance and scored his last goal for Ireland on 23 May in a 1–1 draw with Germany.[6] [7]

In 1939 Bradshaw also played twice for the League of Ireland XI, helping them to 2–1 victories against an Irish League XI and a Scottish League XI. Playing in a team that also included Jimmy Dunne, Kevin O'Flanagan and Mick Hoy, Bradshaw scored in both games. On 28 April 1940 he scored again, while playing for a League of Ireland XI, in a 3–2 defeat against a Scottish League XI at Dalymount Park. This team also included Dunne, John Feenan and guest player, Johnny Carey.[8]

Honours[edit]

St James's Gate[edit]

References[edit]