Tom Bradshaw

Big, strong and imposing Thomas "Tom" Bradshaw was ideal for the nickname "Tiny". He must also be one of the most successful one-cap-wonders ever. Brought in to "do a job" on Dixie Dean in the 1928 Wembley Wizards game, one which he did stunningly, he was a "man before his time" by thirty years, Scottish, a centre-back, but not a Scottish centre-half. And that, when it came to future, international selection, was for him the problem. He was Woodburn, albeit more disciplined, a Buchan or a McLeish, not a Meiklejohn or a Simpson, Raisbeck, Cowan or Kelly.

"Tiny" Bradshaw was born in 1904 in Bishopton in Renfrewshire, by Erskine. His father was an agricultural labourer, a ploughman, his mother a lassie from the Highlands, who had come down into domestic service. 

David McRae would play professionally until thirty-five. After St. Mirren he would have a couple of months back in England with New Brighton on The Wirral before very brief periods with Queen of the South, Stranraer, South again at Darlington and back to Beith. Then it was Glentoran in Northern Ireland for the best part of the 193-36 season until the boots were finally hung-up. 

By then James was retired from playing too, in 1928, before coaching, in Egypt, taking the country to the 1934 World Cup, Turkey and Iceland.  He would then return to live in Paisley, dying there in 1974. David would also return to the town and coach too, at the Saints until the War years. Then post-war he worked as a fitter and then machinist until retirement. And he would also pass in the town, in 1976, survived by Sarah. Her death would be in 1990 back in Bridge of Weir and she, he, one of their sons with other of the Andersons are buried together in Kilbarchan Cemetery.

Birth Locator:

1904 - Hatton, Bishopton, Renfrewshire


Residence Locations:

1911 - 

1921 - 

1986 - 


Death Locator:

1986 - Monklands Hospital, Coatbridge, Lanarkshire


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