Stephen Bradley (footballer)

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Stephen Bradley
Personal information
Full name Stephen Bradley
Date of birth (1984-11-19) 19 November 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth Dublin, Ireland
Height 1.7 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Lourdes Celtic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Arsenal 0 (0)
2004–2005 Dunfermline Athletic (loan) 5 (0)
2005–2007 Drogheda United 49 (7)
2008 Falkirk 3 (0)
2009–2010 Shamrock Rovers 46 (2)
2011 St Patrick's Athletic 30 (3)
2012–2013 Limerick 55 (2)
National team
2000 Republic of Ireland U16 2 (0)
2004 Republic of Ireland U21 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Stephen Bradley (born 19 November 1984) is an Irish former footballer who is currently manager of Shamrock Rovers in the League of Ireland Premier Division.


Bradley represented Republic of Ireland national football team at U14, U15, U16 and U21 levels. In October 2000, Bradley played for the Republic of Ireland national football team U16s in a qualifying tournament in Riga for the 2001 UEFA European Under-16 Football Championship where he came up against Andrés Iniesta. He played schoolboy football with Lourdes Celtic before joining Arsenal where he became captain of the club's reserve side, without ever breaking into the senior side. After a loan spell at Dunfermline Athletic, where he made 5 appearances, he returned to Ireland and signed for Drogheda United in March 2005.

In his first season at United Park Stephen picked up an FAI Cup winners medal as Drogheda beat Cork City 2–0 in the final at Lansdowne Road. He was also part of the side that won the league title in 2007 but he left Drogheda at the end of that season having made 29 league appearances and scoring seven goals.

In January 2008 Bradley signed for Scottish club, Falkirk [1], and made 4 appearances for the 'Bairns' before being let go in July 2008.

In January 2009 Bradley signed for Michael O'Neill at Shamrock Rovers [2] and made his debut on the opening day of the 2009 League of Ireland season in a 0–0 draw away to Bray Wanderers [3]. He made 30 league appearances in his first season with the Hoops and made 16 more in Rovers' title winning season of 2010. He made 3 appearances in the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League [4] [5].

At the end of the 2010 League of Ireland season Bradley was released by the Hoops and moved across the M50 to join Pete Mahon at St Patrick's Athletic. In 30 league appearances during 2011 he scored three times from the penalty spot and also played a key role in the club's run to the third qualifying round of the Europa league.

In 2016 Bradley became caretaker manager of Shamrock Rovers and was named as the new head-coach in November 2016.[1]


Drogheda United
Shamrock Rovers
St Patrick's Athletic


  • PFAI First Division Team of the Year (1): 2012


  1. ^ "Shamrock Rovers confirm their head coach for next season". The 42. 16 November 2016. Retrieved 17 November 2016. 

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