Bradbury Bill Image 1 Rochdale 1922

Bradbury Bill Image 1 Rochdale 1922


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Sudbury, Derbyshire born wing half Bill Bradbury started in junior football with Allsopp’s Brewery in 1899, Tutbury Town in 1900, Maybank in 1901 and Newcastle Swifts in 1902 before joining Second Division Burslem Port Vale in May 1903, making his Football League debut against Bristol City on Boxing Day 1903. He was an occasional player over 4 seasons at Vale, making only 12 appearances, before a spell back in non league football with Fegg Hayes in 1907, Aberdare Town in 1908 and Stoke, by now demoted from the Football League, before he returned to League action signing for First Division Oldham Athletic in December 1911.

In two seasons at Oldham he scored twice in 8 appearances before joining Midland League Scunthorpe & Lindsey United in 1913, for whom he played until the advent of the First World War forced peacetime football’s suspension, during which he served in the Armed Forces. After the War he once again joined Oldham Athletic in May 1919, scoring 3 goals in 69 further appearances for The Latics before joining Rochdale in May 1922. He played 13 times for ‘Dale before joining non league Burton Town in 1923, subsequently playing for Burton All Saints  in 1924 and Bass Brewery in 1925 before retiring.

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