Harry Bradshaw (rugby)

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Harry Bradshaw
Personal information
Full name Harry Bradshaw
Born 17 April 1868
Bramley, England
Died 31 December 1910 (aged 42)
Halifax, England
Playing information
Rugby union
Position Forwards
Years Team Pld T G FG P
≤1892–≥94 Bramley
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Yorkshire 28
1892–94 England 7 2 0 0 5

Harry Bradshaw (17 April 1868[1] — 31 December 1910[2]) born in Bramley, was a rugby union footballer of the 1890s, playing at representative level for England, and Yorkshire,[3] and at club level for Bramley,[4] as a Forward, e.g. Front row, Lock, or Back row, he died in Halifax. Prior to Tuesday 2 June 1896, Bramley was a rugby union club.

Playing career[edit]

International honours[edit]

Harry Bradshaw won caps for England while at Bramley in 1892 against Scotland, in 1893 against Wales, Ireland, and Scotland, and in 1894 against Wales, Ireland, and Scotland.[5]

In the early years of rugby football the goal was to score goals, and a try had zero value, but it provided the opportunity to try at goal, and convert the try to a goal with an unopposed kick at the goal posts. The point values of both the try and goal have varied over time, and in the early years footballers could "score" a try, without scoring any points.

Change of Code[edit]

When Bramley converted from the rugby union code to the rugby league code on Tuesday 2 June 1896, Harry Bradshaw would have been 28 years of age. Consequently, he may have been both a rugby union and rugby league footballer for Bramley.

Contemporaneous Quote[edit]

The first game of the 1894 Home Nations Championship for Wales was against England, and they suffered a heavy defeat, losing 24-3. In an after match interview Wales' winger Norman Biggs was asked why he had failed to tackle England's forward Harry Bradshaw, who scored the first try; Biggs responded "Tackle him? It was as much as I could do to get out of his way!".[6]


ESPNscrum states Harry Bradshaw's date of birth as being 17 April 1868, and date of death as being 31 December 1910, making him 42 at the time of his death. Whereas FreeBMD quotes Harry Bradshaw's age at death as being 41.


  1. ^ "Birth details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Death details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Philip Gaunt (1969). "Yorkshire Rugby Union - Centenary 1869-1969 (Page-28)". Chadwick Studios/Frederick Duffield & Sons Ltd. ISBN n/a
  4. ^ Williams, Graham; Lush, Peter; Farrar, David (2009). The British Rugby League Records Book. London League. p. 178. ISBN 978-1-903659-49-6. 
  5. ^ "Statistics at espnscrum.com". espnscrum.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  6. ^ Richards, Huw (2009). The Red And The White. Aurum Press Ltd. p. 38. ISBN 978-1-84513-405-1. 

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