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Key Facts

Full name
Robert Bradley

Known as
Bob Bradley

Born
10 September 1924

Died
4 August 1999 (aged 74)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 22y 270d
Last game: 25y 364d

Height and weight
Height: 177 cm
Weight: 76 kg

Senior clubs
Essendon; Traralgon; Camberwell

Jumper numbers
Essendon: 27

Bob Bradley

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
EssendonV/AFL1947-19506250.0877%18.002.004
TraralgonCGFL1951
CamberwellVFA1952-195328441.57
Total1947-195390490.54

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 5,694th player to appear, 3,645th most games played, 6,203rd most goals kickedEssendon: 611th player to appear, 303rd most games played, 552nd most goals kicked

Despite appearing somewhat slow, Robert Bradley was a fine wingman who in actual fact comfortably managed to keep pace with his opponents, even out-stripping some of them. He was runner-up in the Gardiner Medal voting in his first season with Essendon, 1947, and thereafter became a regular senior player. He was on a wing in the 1949 grand final which saw the Bombers account for Carlton by 73 points, 18.17 to 6.16. A year later, however, he was sidelined with a dislocated shoulder as Essendon went back to back at the expense of North Melbourne.

In 1951, after 62 VFL games and five goals for the Dons, he was cleared to Traralgon, and then in 1952-3 he captain-coached VFA side Camberwell to sixth and 11th place finishes on the 14 team ladder, whilst playing 28 games and kicking 44 goals.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Full Points Footy Publications, Crème de la Crème

Footnotes

* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.