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Darren Bradshaw

Darren Shaun Bradshaw (born 19 March 1967 in Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire) is an English former professional footballer. He played as a centre-back primarily but could also move into midfield. His playing career spanned fifteen years, during which he made over 200 Football League appearances.

Darren Bradshaw
Personal information
Full name Darren Shaun Bradshaw
Date of birth (1967-03-19) 19 March 1967 (age 51)
Place of birth Sheffield, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Defender/Midfielder
Youth career
Sheffield Wednesday
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1987 Matlock Town
1987Chesterfield (loan) 18 (0)
1987–1989 York City 59 (3)
1989–1992 Newcastle United 38 (0)
1992–1994 Peterborough United 73 (1)
1994Plymouth Argyle (loan) 6 (1)
1994–1997 Blackpool 68 (1)
1997–2001 Rushden & Diamonds 78 (0)
2001 Stevenage Borough 7 (0)
2001–20?? Worksop
2004–2005 Belper Town
Total 347 (6)
National team
1984 England Youth
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


While with Sheffield Wednesday Bradshaw was capped by the England national youth team in 1984.[1] He began his senior career in non-League football with Matlock Town in 1986. He was loaned the following year to Chesterfield, marking his entry into the professional game.

He signed for York City on a free transfer in 1987, and went on to make 59 league appearances for the Minstermen in two years, scoring three goals.

In 1989, Jim Smith signed Bradshaw to Newcastle United. In three years at St James' Park, he made 38 appearances.

Peterborough United was his next stop, in 1992. He made 73 appearances for the Posh, finding the net on a single occasion. In his second and final year at London Road, he was loaned out to Plymouth Argyle.

In 1994, Bradshaw joined Sam Allardyce's Blackpool for a fee of £35,000. In three years at Bloomfield Road, he made 68 appearances, again finding the net just once.

Approaching the age of 30, Bradshaw decided to move back into the non-league game. He joined Rushden & Diamonds in 1997. He also went on to play for Stevenage Borough,[2] Worksop Town and Belper Town before retiring in 2005 at the age of 38. Darren and wife Lindsay have been married for 26 years and have two children Josh and Lily.


  1. ^ Rollin, Jack, ed. (1988). Rothmans Football Yearbook 1988–89. London: Queen Anne Press. p. 747. ISBN 978-0-356-15880-8.
  2. ^ Bradshaw swaps Diamonds for Boro - BBC Sport