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Geoff Bradford

Bristol Rovers FC

1 appearance, 1 debut goal

P 1 W 1 D 0 L 0 F 5: A 1
100% successful


captain: none
minutes played:


  Geoffrey Reginald William Bradford
Birth 18 July 1927 in Frenchay, Bristol, Gloucestershire [registered in Bristol, September 1927].
Attended Soundwell School
Marriage to Betty Flay [registered in Kingswood, March 1951].
Death 30 December 1994 in Bristol, aged 67 years 165 days [registered in Bristol, Gloucestershire December 1994].


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

Club Career

Club(s) Played schoolboy football in Bristol and played with local side Soundwell FC whilst having trials with Blackpool FC and Blackburn Rovers FC. Bristol Rovers FC signed Bradford in May 1949, and he remained until his retirement in 1964, despite breaking his leg in November 1953, keeping him out for six months. He made 461 league appearances, scoring 245 goals.
Club honours Football League Division Three (South) winners 1952-53;
Individual honours None
Distinctions None
Height/Weight 6' 1", 12st. 7lbs [1957].


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

England Career

Player number One of three who became the 748th players (750) to appear for England.
Position(s) Inside-left
Only match No. 298, 2 October 1955, Denmark 1 England 5, a British Exhibition match at Idrætsparken, København, aged 28 years 76 days.
Major tournaments World Cup Finals 1954 (provisional)
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions The eleventh Gloucestershirian to represent England.

Beyond England

After his retirement in 1964, Bradford became a petrol tanker driver, continuing to live quietly in Bristol. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.42.

The Numbers
parties Appearances minutes goals ave.min captain
1 1 90 1 90 min one none
minutes are an approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stick to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.
1 1 0 0 5 1 +4 0 0 5 1 100 +1
his only match was played at an away venue, it was a friendly match, and played in a white shirt
Match History
 Club: Bristol Rovers F.C. - one full appearance (90 min) 1ᵍ manager: Walter Winterbottom - one full appearance (90 min) 1ᵍx

apps match pic match details comp res. rundown shirt

Age 26  
1 May 1954 was the date set by FIFA for a list of forty names to be submitted, from which the final 22 could be selected for each country's World Cup party. England's list appeared on 22 April 1954, nine days ahead of the deadline. Then it was reduced to 27 names on May 31. Geoff Bradford was part of the pre-World Cup two-day training session held in Roehampton on 1 & 2 June..

Age 28
1 298 2 October 1955 - Denmark 1 England 5
Idrætsparken, København
Fr AW 41 82 10

one of three who became the 748th player (750) to appear for England.
the ONLY Bristol Rovers player to represent England
the 138th player to score on his England debut

unused substitute - Yugoslavia 19 October 1955