Billy Bradshaw (footballer)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Billy Bradshaw
Personal information
Full name William Bradshaw
Date of birth April 1884
Place of birth Padiham, England
Playing position Left half
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Padiham ? (?)
Accrington Stanley ? (?)
1903–1920 Blackburn Rovers[1] 386 (36)
1920 Rochdale ? (?)
National team
1910–1913 England 4 (0)
Teams managed
1920 Rochdale
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

William "Billy" Bradshaw (born April 1884)[1] was an English football player and manager. Bradshaw played at both professional and international levels as a left half.


Club career[edit]

Born in Padiham, Bradshaw began his career with Padiham and Accrington Stanley. Bradshaw was a left-half, but was extremely adept at joining the attack and was referred to in one report as "being as good as having a sixth forward"; he was also an expert penalty-taker.[2] He signed for Blackburn Rovers in May 1903 for a fee of £20,[2] and spent 17 years at the club, scoring 36 goals in 386 appearances in the Football League before leaving in 1920.[3] During his time at the Ewood Park club, he helped them win the Football League championship in 1912 and 1914.[4]

In April 1920, he was released by Blackburn to become player-manager of Rochdale, but left that position in September of the same year.[2]

International career[edit]

Bradshaw made his international debut in February 1910, and earned a total of four caps between then and 1913.[5][6] He also represented the Football League on three occasions.[2]


Blackburn Rovers


  1. ^ a b Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: Tony Brown. p. 34. ISBN 1-899468-67-6. 
  2. ^ a b c d Betts, Graham (2006). England: Player by player. Green Umbrella Publishing. p. 45. ISBN 1-905009-63-1. 
  3. ^ "Player profile". Spartacus Educational. Retrieved 26 November 2010. 
  4. ^ "1905 - 1914: The best team in the land". Club History. Blackburn Rovers FC. 2 July 2007. Retrieved 5 December 2010. 
  5. ^ "Player profile". The Football Association. Retrieved 26 November 2010. 
  6. ^ "Player profile". Retrieved 26 November 2010. 

External links[edit]