Former Imps striker jailed for two-and-a-half years

Courtesy of Graham Burrell

Former Lincoln City striker Shayne Bradley has been jailed for two-and-a-half years after being found guilty of stalking his ex-partner, as reported by Gloucestershire Live.

Bradley repeatedly phoned the woman and sent abusive emails to her when their relationship broke down in September, later setting up a fake dating profile to stalk her. He was arrested and defied his bail conditions, leading to a custodial sentence.

His seven-month campaign of fear led to an initial arrest, after which he was released on bail with a condition not to approach her. However, just four days later, he was spotted hiding in a hedge as she spoke to a relative and later arrested again.

The judge who sentenced him, Recorder James Bromige, said: “He is a man predisposed to intimidate women he has had a relationship with.”

Meanwhile, his shattered ex-partner said “He has always played the victim, lying and deflecting attention from himself. The lies he told about me were horrific and he ruined my life, so it is important that people know the real Shayne Bradley.”

Credit Graham Burrell

Bradley began his career at Southampton, appearing for Swindon and Exeter City on loan before a move to Mansfield Town. He scored  a few for Mansfield the season prior to joining us, 11 in 42 matches, but struggled with injuries and fell out of favour. He soon moved to bitter rivals Chesterfield and was later sent off three minutes after coming on as a sub against his old side, Mansfield, for spitting at Rhys Day.

He joined City on loan the same season, 2002/03, and started two games. The first was the convincing 3-0 win over Hartlepool and the second a solid 1-0 away win at Southend, before he picked up an injury. He sat out most of March before hitting a 15th-minute winner in a home tie with Kidderminster Harriers. That proved to be his final professional game.

He was withdrawn prior to kick-off against Bristol Rovers a week or so later after a warm-up injury and returned to Chesterfield, but was forced to retire without making another senior appearance.

Bradley now joins Riccardo Calder, Matthew Ghent, Delroy Facey, Ali Fuseini and Moses Swaibu, on the list of players have been sent to prison after appearing for the club.