17 Bradley Barraclough – One to Watch

With Smith on the verge of a deal with Cambridge United it seems, Bradley Barraclough – the Buxton Blunderbuss – should finally get his chance at the Imps next season. Better still the local lad earned his right to play after a sensational semi-season on loan at Buxton. Though he did not get the credit at the time David Holdsworth ‘spared’ him a season of strife, but did not make it easy with a challenge up the road, where he felt he could reacclimatise and take the next step in his football development.

 It certainly  justified his dads advertorial YouTube video, a compilation of his greatest hits at Bellarmine University. The cunning plan that alerted the Imps in the first place.  Not only is Bradley an exciting prospect, but he was brought up here, representing the county at Junior level, before winning a scholarship in psychology at Bellarmine University in the USA, scoring 52 goals for the Bellarmine University Knights during his stay.


Bradley has a phenomenal work rate, pressing, looking to get into the game, something both Tilson and Holdsworth have recognised.  David realised he needed to learn the English game the hard way, but on the field, sending him out on loan to Buxton, then struggling to survive in the Evo-Stik (1 below Conference North but with some cagey coves on the way down and some hungry young lads on the way up – Schoeys just bagged a 44 goal hero for the Gills).  He duly obliged with 4 goals in 4 successive games. When Holdsworth then agreed to an extension in January until the end of the season, many, myself included,  thought his best chances of staying at Lincoln were well and truly behind him.  But this lad will not give up and credit where credit is due for our most prolific striker of the season. Whilst on loan at Buxton FC, the exciting 22-year-old kept them up almost single-handedly with 11 goals and 7(ish) assists in 18 games and was not surprisingly voted supporters player of the year for 2011/12.

His re-engagement deal (a weird footy term this – meaning a deal of equal though not inferior terms to last season) is well deserved. It gives Bradley that delayed chance by confirming that he will be here for another year and, hopefully,  get the opportunity to shine.  He deserves that and the Imps faithful’s backing, as he is every bit one of our own as the 5 youth players who have been promoted to the first team.

Plenty of players have ability but this lad has the heart and  he wants it. He is determined to prove himself in the red and white stripes, he has local pride burning inside.  That alone is worth getting behind. Welcome back Bradley hope you get decent chances next season along with our  C of E five – and we don’t mean the good folk from atop Steep Hill.

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Impstats 2011/12

Sq no Player name Starts on as sub BSP Mins Goals Shots Shots on Assists YC RC
10 Bradley Barraclough 4 8 453 0 8 4 1 0 0

Club logo Buxton 2011/12

Sq no Player name Starts on as sub BSP Mins Goals Shots Shots on Assists YC RC
19 Bradley Barraclough 10 8 1250 11 n/a n/a 7 0 0
  Goal every 113  mins  
STMI Biopic
Full name Bradley Barraclough
Date of birth 26 May 1989 (age 23)
Place of birth Nuneaton
Height/Weight 5′ 10″ (1.78 m) 11 st 13lb (76KG)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Lincoln City
Number 10
Youth career
2007–2010 Bellarmine University
Senior stats (lge & cup)
Years Team Aps (Gls)
2001-2005 Bellarmine University 46 (52)
2011- Lincoln City 8 (0)
2011-12 Buxton (loan) 18 (11)

Posted on July 22, 2012, in Imps Squad Player Pics, Squad, Writers - Neil Gentleman-Hobbs and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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