Joe Bradford

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Joe Bradford
Personal information
Full name Joseph Bradford
Date of birth (1901-01-22)22 January 1901
Place of birth Peggs Green, Coalville, England
Date of death 6 September 1980(1980-09-06) (aged 79)
Place of death Birmingham, England
Height 5 ft 9 12 in (1.77 m)[1]
Playing position Centre forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Coalville Town
Peggs Green Victoria
1920–1935 Birmingham City 414 (249)
1935–1936 Bristol City 5 (1)
Total 419 (250)
National team
1923–1930 England 12 (7)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Joseph "Joe" Bradford (22 January 1901 – 6 September 1980) was an English professional footballer who played as a centre forward. Born in Peggs Green, near Coalville, Leicestershire, Bradford made nearly 450 appearances for Birmingham City in all competitions, scoring 267 goals.[2] He was capped 12 times for England, scoring seven goals,[3] and played five times for a representative Football League XI.[4]

He is Birmingham's all-time leading goalscorer.[5] He topped the club's scoring charts in all but one First Division season between 1921–22 and 1932–33,[6] and if goals in all competitions are counted, he was top scorer in all twelve of those seasons.[7] Bradford also scored Birmingham's only goal of the 1931 FA Cup Final, in which they were beaten by West Bromwich Albion.[2]

He died in Birmingham aged 79.[2]




  1. ^ "Blues" News. The Official Programme of Birmingham Football Club, Ltd. Birmingham F.C. 30 August 1924. p. 3. 
  2. ^ a b c Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 74. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9. 
  3. ^ "Joe Bradford". englandstats. Retrieved 5 August 2009. 
  4. ^ Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: SoccerData. p. 33. ISBN 978-1-899468-67-6. 
  5. ^ "Birmingham City Football Club history". BBC Birmingham. 5 June 2007. Retrieved 2 May 2008. 
  6. ^ "Top League Goalscorers". The Birmingham City FC Archive. Tony Jordan. Archived from the original on 25 October 2004. 
  7. ^ "Top Goalscorers". The Birmingham City FC Archive. Tony Jordan. Archived from the original on 6 September 2004. 

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