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Harry Bradshaw

Liverpool FC

1 appearance, 0 goals

P 1 W 1 D 0 L 0 F 6: A 0
100% successful


captain: none
minutes played:


  Thomas Henry Bradshaw
Birth Sunday, 24 August 1873 on Birchfield Road, Walton-on-the-Hill, Liverpool, Lancashire
  registered in West Derby October-December 1873.
Baptism 28 December 1873 at St Mary Church, Walton-on-the-Hill, Liverpool. Living in Walton, Father's occupation is a Gardener, Baptism by Thomas Hornby.

According to the 1881 census, The youngest of three sons to Thomas and Harriet (née Melville), living at Anfield Cemetery, on Walton Lane in Walton on the Hill. His father is a gardener and gate keeper of the cemetery.


According to the 1891 census, still the youngest of the three, still with their parents, living at 129 Mere Lane in Walton. His father is now just a gardener.

Marriage to Elizabeth Brown, on Tuesday, 24 August 1897 in Liverpool
  registered in West Derby July-September 1897.
Children Harry and Elizabeth Bradshaw had two children together. Nellie (b.13 June 1898) and Thomas Henry (b.22 October 1899)
Death Christmas Day evening, Monday, 25 December 1899 at 5 Shelbourne Road, Tottenham, Middlesex
aged 26 years 123 days registered in Edmonton October-December 1899.


"The news of the sudden death of Harry Bradshaw will cause a profound sensation to all who move in football circles. On Christmas morning he was alive and well; in fact, he was a spectator at the Tottenham Hotspur match. On the same evening, shortly after nine o'clock, he complained of feeling ill and went to lie down. From that rest he never arose, and the football world laments the loss of an honest man; a man whom it is impossible not to like; a player whose ability was unquestioned and admired by everybody. The deepest sympathy and condolences of all go out to the widow and two children, the younger of whom is aged two months." - The Morning Leader, Wednesday, 27 December 1899..

"At Tottenham on Thursday evening, Mr. Alfred Hodgkinson held an inquest at St. Paul's Schoolroom respecting the death of Thomas Henry Bradshaw, the late captain of the Thames Ironworks football team. The evidence showed that on Christmas morning the deceased appeared quite well and at noon left home to go to Northumberland-park to witness the match between Tottenham Hotspur and Portsmouth. At 2.15pm he left his friends and went home, but no sooner had he entered the house than he complained of feeling sick. Dr. Hugh Davis, of Northumberland-park stated that death was due to the rupture of a blood vessel on the brain. The doctor said this might have been the result of an injury which the deceased sustained in his head when playing in a match four years ago [Harry's widow, stated that during that football match he was kicked on the head, and on the following Saturday, was again kicked in the same place] and since had suffered much from his right ear, from which there were frequent discharges. The jury returned a verdict of 'Natural death,' and expressed sympathy with the widow."
- The Echo/Morning Leader/Cheltenham Chronicle, Friday/Saturday, 29/30 December 1899 [LFC history]

Funeral New Years Day, Monday, 1 January 1900 at Anfield Cemetery, Priory Road, Liverpool

"At a meeting of the members of the Football Association Benevolent Fund, the case of the sudden demise of Harry Bradshaw was dealt with, and after a very brief discussion the sum of £10 was granted to his widow."
- Sporting Life, Wednesday, 14 February 1900 [2023 equivalent: £1017]

Probate "BRADSHAW Thomas Henry of 5 Shelborne-road Tottenham Middlesex died 25 December 1899 Administration London 27 April to Elizabeth Bradshaw widow.
Effects £85 13s." [2023 equivalent: £8645]
Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990], Arnie Baldursson &

Playing Career

Began his football career playing with Liverpool Nomads FC in 1889 and then became a part of the Everton FC reserve team in 1891-92. Northwich Victoria FC signed Bradshaw, before being expected to sign for the Heywood Central club, but  joined Liverpool FC instead on 14 October 1893. Signed for Tottenham Hotspur FC on 5 May 1898 and then to Thames Ironworks FC (Southern League) a year later, 4 May 1899, where he was made club captain, but made just five Southern League appearances.

"He played his last game of football on 9 December 1899 in which he scored a goal in a 2-1 loss against Millwall. He got kicked in the leg and was ordered to rest for three weeks... On 2 April 1900 Tottenham and Thames Ironworks played a charity match to raise money for Harry's family; his widow and two young children." - LFChistory


"The record of 1899-1900, however, would not be complete without some reference to poor Tom Bradshaw, who came from Spurs with Joyce.  How well I remember that match with Queen's Park Rangers during the Christmas holidays, when Joyce brought over the sad message to the Memorial Grounds that our comrade had died. Poor Tom was one of the cleverest wing forwards I have ever known and he was immensely popular with everybody." - Syd King, 'Book Of Football' 1906

League honours
140 appearances 55 goals
Northwich Victoria FC 1892-96 22 appearances eight goals
debut (division two): 1 October 1892 Northwich Victoria FC 3 Bootle FC 2.
Liverpool FC 1893-98 118 appearances 47 goals
debut (division two): 28 October 1893 Woolwich Arsenal FC 0 Liverpool FC 5.
last: 2 April 1898 Notts County FC 3 Liverpool FC 2.
Club honours Football League Division Two winners 1893-94 (14ᵃ 8ᵍ), 1895-96 (26ᵃ 12ᵍ);
FA Cup semi-finalist 1896-97 (3ᵃ);
Individual honours None
Distinctions "It is said that the cief reason Harry Bradshaw signing on for the Thames Ironworks is a desire to qualify for the Essex County Cricket Club, where he is already a member of the groundstaff." - The Morning Leader, Saturday, 6 May 1899.
Height/Weight 5' 5½", 10st 7lb [1898]


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

England Career

Player number One of five who became the 229th players (233) to appear for England.
Position(s) Outside-left
Only match No. 59, 20 February 1897, England 6 Ireland 0, a British Championship match at Trentbridge Cricket Ground, Brook Lane, West Bridgford, Nottingham, aged 23 years 180 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1896-97;
Team honours None
Individual honours The South (one appearance, February 1899)
Distinctions The first player from Liverpool to represent the England national team.
His mother, Harriet, was born in the Scottish borders town of Jedburgh, thus entitling Harry to play for the Scottish team.

Beyond England

Bradshaw's father Thomas used to be the gatekeeper and gardener of Anfield Cemetery, a job surely also tended to by the young Harry, and where they would both be buried- An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.43./FindMyPast.com

The Numbers
parties Appearances comp. apps minutes captain
1 1 1 90 0 none
The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.
1 1 0 0 6 0 +6 0 1 6 0 100 +1
His only match was played in the British Championship and at a home venue

Tournament Record

British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1896-97 1 1 0 0 6 0 +6 0 1 6.00 0.00 100.0 +1
BC All 1 1 0 0 6 0 +6 0 1 6.00 0.00 100.0 +1

All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1 1 0 0 6 0 +6 0 1 6.00 0.00 100.0 +1
1 1 0 0 6 0 +6 0 1 6 0 100 +1

Match History
 Club: Liverpool F.C. - one full appearance (90 min) F.A. International Select Committee - one full appearance (90 min)x

apps match match details comp res. rundown pos

Age 23
1 59 20 February 1897 - England 6 Ireland 0
Trentbridge Cricket Ground, Nottingham
BC HW   ol

one of five who became the 229th players (233) to appear for England
the first player from Liverpool FC to represent England

Age 25 trial  
one appearance - The South vs. The North, 1 February 1899;