James Bradley

James Bradley
James Bradley
League 130
FAI Cup 30
Shield 60
Others 20
Totals 240
Date Of Birth: 1900
Place Of Birth: Mullaghglass, Armagh
Total Appearances: 24
Position: GK
Nationality: NI
Debut: 18-Sep-27, League, (H) v. Jacobs


After 4 games in the 1927-28 season, the versatile James Bradley took over the goalkeeping duties from James Vennard. One of many Bessbrook players to play with Dundalk, James had already established his credentials at senior level. With Bessbrook Athletic he had collected a winner’s memento in the Newry and District League, before transferring to Belfast’s Oldpark Corinthians, where he was capped at junior level against Scotland.

He spent periods with senior clubs Distillery and Queens Island before joining Newry Town in their inaugural Irish League season of 1923-24. With these clubs he had shown his usefulness by his ability to satisfactorily fill a variety of other positions.

For Dundalk’s November 1927 League clash against Jacobs he demonstrated his versatility when lining out at left full back, with Vennard returning to keep goal.

What They Said About Him

‘…a very handy man for team selectors…they can shift him about at will…he is nearly as fleet as a hare…is very clever in control…a tight little player, full of grit and dash…’[Ireland’s Saturday Night May 1925.]