December 30, 1899
Harry Bradshaw, the clever little fellow we were wout to see skipping along the Liverpool left wing before he went South, will never more charm football followers with the fine footwork, skillful centres, and swift shots which were characteristic features of his play.
He was watching a football match on Christmas Day; the same day he lay dead through the bursting of a blood vessel, traceable probably to an old injury to the head.
“Abaris” in the “Morning Herald,” in a generous appreciation of the departed player refers to the partnership of Bradshaw and Frank Becton, the old North-Ender. He remarks that:
“Both were so clever that they dared to dribble within a foot of a rival, and then away would go the ball to the other as the half-back made his charge, and while one held or made ground, his partner dropped into position for the return pass or was up in goal to take the centre.
It was the prettiest playing wing in the League, and second in utility only to Wheldon and Smith of the Villa.”
He places Bradshaw in the company of Chadwick, Jack Southworth, Holmes, Howarth, Sanders, and Hillman in the front rank of Lancashire-born players of recent years.
Good, however, as the ex-Liverpudlian was at his best, he was never quite the giant that the other mentioned are or were.
Bradshaw, it may be pointed out, was this season captaining the Thames Ironworks, after having spent a season with Tottenham Hotspur.
He was capped against Ireland in 1897, and last season appeared for the South against the North in the International trial match at the Crystal Palace.
Bradshaw played cricket in the summer, and fulfilled some good engagements.
(Lancashire Evening Post: December 30, 1899)
Harry Bradshaw, Thames Ironworks (Illustrated Police Budget: November 11, 1899):
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