With the start of a new chapter to beginning in the Lilywhites' history with the club turning professional, manager Jack White signed a number of players with football league experience. One of those was Gordon Bradley, who will be specially remembered for his last game for the club.
Gordon Bradley, who was born at Scunthorpe in Lincolnshire on May 20th, 1925, was a goalkeeper who began his professional football career at Leicester City having signed for them from his local non-league club, Scunthorpe United, during the Second World War. For Leicester he made 69 Football League appearances and also won an F.A. Cup Final medal in 1949. He then in February 1950 joined Notts County, where he soon established himself as their number one goalkeeper. After making 192 league appearances for them, he then joined Cambridge City prior to the 1958-59.
His career came to an end on April 11th, 1959 against Yiewsley at Milton Road when he was injuried after 15 minutes and had to leave the pitch with a suspected broken arm. Barry King took over between the sticks and the Lilywhites were down to ten men, as in those days no subs were allowed. Gordon later came back on, with his arm strapped, as an outfield player and was to score the 3rd of the Lilywhites goals in a 5 nil victory.
Gordon Bradley v Yiewsley, 1959
So with again both first choice goalkeepers (Gordon Bradley and Len Crane) out injuried, Bob Wilson, a motor mechanic from Buntingford, was called back into first team action. He had first played when Crane and Bradley had been out injuried over Christmas.
Gordon was also a fine tennis player, who in the early 1950's regularly played in tournaments in Scarborough and at Wembley. He later became a tennis coach.
Gordon died at the age of 80 in early 2006.