A former England Youth international, Carl began his career in
his hometown with Sheffield Wednesday originally playing in a
striker's role. He made his league debut whilst on loan to Barnsley
before accumulating 32 league appearances and 4 goals for the
Owls. He transferred to Manchester City but did not enjoy his
spell there making just 5 appearances. A return to Yorkshire came
when he was signed by Sheffield United in September 1989. 147
league games for the Blades brought Carl 8 goals and a switch
to an attacking right back position which gained the attention
of Norwich City manager John Deehan as a replacement for Ian Culverhouse .
Deehan paid £450,000 for Carl in July 1994 and he made his
City debut at Chelsea on the 20th August 1994 in a 2-0 defeat.
Injury problems limited his first team appearances to just 29
games (1 as sub) in a year that saw the Canaries relegated from
the Premiership. However he did score the winner in the local
derby clash with Ipswich Town. Two seasons in Division One were
beset with injuries and disciplinary problems. In the early part
of 1997, Bradshaw and Andy Johnson
were involved in a late night fracas at Colney which resulted
in Carl biting the hand of a taxi driver. In September 1997, he
was sentenced to a brief spell in jail for this assault. Upon
his release, his contract was terminated by Norwich City leaving
his Canary record at 74 games and 3 goals. Wigan manager John
Deehan took this opportunity to renew his relationship with Bradshaw
and signed him on a free transfer. He made 28 appearances for
his new club in his first season and scored once.
Carl returned to Carrow Road a year later to play for Wigan in
their Worthington's Cup clash with Norwich but scored the only
goal of the game in his own net to give Norwich a 1-0 victory.
He was the second ex-Canary (after Stockport's Colin Woodthorpe )to score an own goal to benefit the
Canaries that season.
In July 2000, with his contract expired at Wigan, Carl was linked
with a move to Blackpool where he could team up again with Mike
Milligan. However Carl signed a new contract on 18th July
2000. Despite playing an instrumental role in Wigan's successful
2000/01 season where they reached the Division Two play-offs,
Carl was surprisingly linked on 13th May with a move to Division
Three side Halifax. One only imagined that the new position has
a coaching element to it as Wigan were in the Division 2 play-offs.
However maybe the media in Halifax knew something after all as
Wigan's failure in the play-offs resulted in necessary cuts at
the JJB Stadium and Carl was one of those victims as his contract
was not renewed. Carl signed for Third Division Scunthorpe on
11th July 2001. He was released by the Iron at the end of the
In mid-July 2002, Unibond First Division side Alfreton announced
that Carl was to join them for pre-season matches and he completed
a permanent switch to them towards the end of the month. In his
first season with Alfreton, they won the Unibond First Division
title and the Derbyshire Senior Cup.
Carl was released by Alfreton at the end of the 2004/5 season.
He is now working in his native Sheffield as a qualified bricklayer,
working on the city's Decent Homes programme that sees many properties
receive extensive internal and external refurbishment. Carl said
"I was never interested in staying in football after
I stopped playing. I am more of a family man and I can't do with
all the backstabbing in the game. I know some of these areas well
and I know that this kind of work is something that is needed
and that it will be of real benefit to people."