Shayne Bradley, once a highly-rated young footballer, arrived from Southampton on loan in autumn 1999. He later played for Mansfield before retiring from injury at the age of twenty-three.
Shayne was a successful youth footballer in Gloucestershire and, having played for England Schools at under-15 level, joined Southampton as a trainee in 1996. He became a Saints’ professional in January 1998 but, such was the competition at first-team level, only featured as a substitute on four occasions.
After a loan spell with Swindon Town in March 1999, Shayne was loaned to Exeter City in September 1999. He made his Grecians debut in a 2-1 home win over York City and, partnering another loanee Gary Alexander in attack, Shayne notched his first goal for the club in an emphatic 4-1 win at Shrewsbury Town.
Returning to Southampton, he then signed for Mansfield Town in August 2000 where he scored 10 goals in 42 league outings. Unfortunately an ankle injury at the start of 2002-03 led to his contract being paid up by Mansfield and, in an effort to regain fitness, Shayne signed for Eastwood Town. He then joined Chesterfield in December 2002 prior to moving to Lincoln City on loan, where, once again, an ankle injury put paid to his stay.
Shayne subsequently retired at the end of the 2002-2003 season, and recovering from a double reconstruction of his right ankle, returned to his home town of Gloucester. After a few years away from football, he was offered a coaching role with Gloucester City’s youth teams and later, in July 2008, Shayne was appointed manager of Tuffley Rovers.
In April 2021 Shayne Bradley was imprisoned for two-and-a-half years for stalking a former girlfriend in addition to a five-year restraining order to prevent him contacting the victim.
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