David Bradford (footballer)

David Bradford (born 22 February 1953) is a retired professional football midfielder from England.

David Bradford
Personal information
Date of birth (1953-02-22) 22 February 1953 (age 68)
Place of birth Manchester, England
Position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
1968–1971 Blackburn Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1971–1974 Blackburn Rovers 64 (3)
1974–1977 Sheffield United 60 (3)
1976Peterborough United (loan) 4 (0)
1978 Detroit Express 30 (9)
1978–1979 Coventry City 6 (1)
1979–1980 Detroit Express 60 (5)
1980–1981 Detroit Express (indoor) 17 (22)
1981 Washington Diplomats 30 (4)
1982 Tulsa Roughnecks 28 (5)
1982–1983 Baltimore Blast (indoor) 32 (6)
1983 Seattle Sounders 25 (1)
1983–1984 Tulsa Roughnecks (indoor) 32 (17)
1984 Tulsa Roughnecks 24 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

In 1968, Bradford began his career as a fifteen-year-old apprentice with Blackburn Rovers. In 1971, he moved up to the first team. In 1974, they sent him to Sheffield United for £10,000 where he played for Ken Furphy. In 1978, Furphy, now coach of the Detroit Express of the North American Soccer League, brought Bradford to the United States. He returned to England at the end of the NASL seasons and played for Coventry City in 1978–1979 before returning to the Detroit Express in 1979. In 1981, he signed with the Washington Diplomats, then played the 1982 season with the Tulsa Roughnecks. Bradford played for the Baltimore Blast in the Major Indoor Soccer League in 1982–1983. In 1983, he played for the Seattle Sounders. The team folded at the end of the season and Bradford returned to the Roughnecks for the last season of the NASL.

After his retirement, he managed the Brownhill post office for over a decade.[1] He now coaches in the Tulsa Soccer Academy.


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