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Frank Bradshaw

The Wednesday FC
1 appearance, 3 debut goals

P 1 W 1 D 0 L 0 F 11: A 1
100% successful

captain: none
minutes played:


  Frank Bradshaw [no evidence of 'Francis' can be found]
Birth 31 May 1884 at 36 Sidney Road, Nether Hallam, Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire [registered as Frank in Sheffield, September 1884]
  According to the 1891 census, a six year-old Frank is the youngest of eight children, to his parents, Henry William and Harriet (née Ward), living at 40 Bromley Street in Sheffield.
  According to the 1901 census, still at the same address as ten years ago, Frank is now a holloware buffer, living with his parents and three of his older sisters.
Marriage to Francis Cooke [registered in Wandsworth, London, March 1908]
  According to the 1911 census, Frank was now living at 68 Ashburnham Road in Northampton, as a professional footballer, with his wife, Francis. The census also reveals that they had a child that had died within its first two years.
  According to the 1921 census, Frank, still a professional footballer, and with his wife and two new children, Francis Howard and Alan Robert, they live at 19 Cleveland Road in Barnes.
  According to the 1939 register, Frank and Francis are still married, living at The Cross Keys Inn in Taunton, with Eveline, their child, and Michael J, their grandchild. Frank is the innkeeper and caterer.
Death August 1962 in Bristol, aged 78 years 62-76 days [registered in Weston, June 1962]
Death notes Bradshaw's death was confirmed in Taunton newspaper on 18 August 1962.


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

Playing Career

Club(s) Played his junior football with the Sheffield schools between 1895 and 1897, also playing for Oxford Street Sunday School. Began playing with The Wednesday club of Sheffield as an amateur in 1904, turning professional in 1905. He scored 37 goals in 87 league appearances. He joined Herbert Chapman's Northampton Town FC of the Southern League on 14 May 1910 for £250. Transferred to Everton FC on 23 November 1911 for £1250 and made another nineteen goals in 66 league appearances. Then joined The Arsenal FC on 29 May 1914. He made 134 league appearances, scoring sixteen times, the latter-half of which where all in the right-back position. Retired in May 1923 who became the manager of Aberdare Athletic FC for a season. For sometime afterward, he was manager at Taunton Town FC.
Club honours FA Cup winner 1906-07; Southern League runners-up 1910-11;
Individual honours Football League (four appearances), Southern League (one appearance)
Distinctions None
Height/Weight 5' 9½", 11st 10lbs [1912]


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

England Career

Player number 335th player to appear for England.
Position(s) Centre-forward
Only match No. 96, 8 June 1908, Austria 1 England 11, an end-of-season Continental tour match at Hohe Warte Stadion, Döbling, Wien, aged 24 years 8 days.
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions Bradshaw was the first England footballer to only play against foreign opposition. His debut goals were the first debutant goals against friendly opposition since 1883.

Beyond England

A silversmith by vocation. Bradshaw spent his retirement in Taunton, firstly as manager of the local club side, and as coach to the Secondary Schools of the County, in November 1935. For a certainty, he was landlord of The Cross Keys, in Norton Fitzwarren, near Taunton, in 1939. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.43/Taunton Courier.


Frank Bradshaw - Career Statistics
Squads Apps comp. apps Starts Mins. Goals goals ave.min comp. goals Capt. Disc.
7 1 0 1 90 3 30 min 0 none 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.


Frank Bradshaw - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Away - Friendly 1 1 0 0 11 1 +10 0 0 11.0 1.00 100.0 +1
All 1 1 0 0 11 1 +10 0 0 11.0 1.00 100.0 +1


Frank Bradshaw - Match History
 Club: The Wednesday F.C. - 1 full cap

F.A. International Select Committee - 1 full capx

Age 23
- 93 16 March 1908 - Wales 1 England 7, Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff, BC AW reserve
- 94 4 April 1908 - Scotland 1 England 1, Hampden Park, Glasgow AD reserve
Age 24
- 95 6 June 1908 - Austria 1 England 6, Cricketer Platz, Wien tour AW reserve
1 96 8 June 1908 - Austria 1 England 11, Hohe Warte Stadion, Wien AW Start

19, 72, 85
- 97 10 June 1908 - Hungary 0 England 7, Millenáris Sportpálya, Buda-Pesth AW reserve
- 98 13 June 1908 - Bohemia 0 England 4, Stadión Letná, Praha AW reserve
Age 25
- 99 13 February 1909 - England 4 Ireland 0, Horton Park Avenue, Bradford BC HW reserve