Career : 1904 - 1905
Debut : Round 3, 1904 vs Geelong
Carlton Player No. 167
Games : 4
Goals : 4
Last Game : Round 2, 1905 vs Collingwood
DOB : c. 1881
Rupert Bradley’s brief career at Carlton spanned almost twelve months, but only four senior games with the Blues. Another local drawn to Princes Park in 1904 by the lure of VFL football, Rupe was an established forward from amateur team Fitzroy Juniors.
One of 15 new recruits destined to play for Carlton that season, Bradley lined up at full-forward in his first outing against Geelong at Princes Park in round 3, 1904. Carlton won convincingly by 33 points, and Rupe kicked two of Carlton’s eight goals in a lively debut.
He was shifted to a half-forward flank for his second match, before losing his place in the team until round 11, when he was recalled to full-forward against St Kilda. Carlton overwhelmed the Saints by after half-time in that game, and Bradley picked up another two goals – only to be omitted again for the rest of that season.
His fourth and last appearance for the Blues came a whopping ten months later – in May, 1905 - when Carlton journeyed to Victoria Park to take on Collingwood. The Magpies led all match and eventually won by 32 points, in a game that marked the end of Rupe Bradley’s career at Carlton – but also the debut of a club Legend, Hall of Famer and four-time Premiership star Rod McGregor.
Rupe Bradley continued to be a very patient footballer after he departed Princes Park, and played two more senior matches with Fitzroy in 1906.
Bradley would later played in the VFA with Preston.
Bradley was born in Coburg.