Les Bradd

Last updated : 12 April 2024 By Wikipedia

Les Bradd (born 5 November 1947 in England) is a former professional football player. He is notable for being the all time leading goalscorer for Notts County.

Bradd started his league career at Rotherham who signed him from non-league club East Sterndale. His spell at Millmoor was a brief one, in which he only scored one goal which, ironically, was the winning goal against Notts County, the club with which he is most associated, in a League Cup tie. He joined Notts shortly afterwards.

It was at Notts County where his career took shape. Bradd spent eleven seasons at Meadow Lane, barely missing a game as the club climbed steadily away from the lower reaches of the fourth division into a comfortable second division position.

Though the club struggled in his first season, Bradd finished top scorer, with 10 goals. It was the arrival of Don Masson in 1968 that kick started the club's upturn in fortune over the next decade. The 1970/71 season saw the club win promotion, and the Division Four title, by 9 points. The club finished fourth in its first season back in the Third Division, with Bradd finishing as top scorer with 21 goals. The following season Bradd earned his second promotion with the club as it returned to the Second Division after a long absence, also reaching the League Cup quarter finals, a run which saw County beat two top flight clubs, Stoke and Southampton, with Bradd scoring in both games.

Although linked to moves to the top flight with Coventry and WBA, Bradd spent a further five seasons at the club, which saw County establish themselves as a comfortbale second division side. Bradd finished as top scorer a further two times, in 1975/76 and 1976/77, though the last of these was jointly held with Mick Vinter. During this period the club embarked on another notable League Cup run in 1975/76, again reaching the Quarter Finals and knocking out Sunderland, Leeds and Everton on the way. The defeat of Everton came in a 2-1 Replay victory at Meadow Lane in which Bradd scored twice in arguably his finest County performance.

Finally in 1978, at the age of 30, after 11 seasons which saw Bradd score 125 league goals, he was sold to Stockport.