Southampton footballer jailed for stalking his ex

Southampton footballer who played alongside Michael Owen for England Schoolboys is jailed for two-and-a-half years for stalking his ex-partner

  • Shayne Bradley, 41, made his victim’s life ‘hell’ for four months, the court heard
  • Between September and January the ex-striker was seen hiding in the bushes 
  • He pleaded guilty to stalking and was also handed a five-year restraining order 

A former Southampton FC footballer has been jailed for two-and-a-half years for stalking his ex.  

Shayne Bradley, 41, who was also Michael Owen’s forward pairing for England Schoolboys, made his victim’s life ‘hell’ for four months, the court heard.

Between September and January the ex-striker was seen hiding in the bushes, driving by her house and parking nearby.

Bradley, of The Docks, Gloucester, also bombarded her with telephone calls and abusive emails – even creating a fake Tinder profile to contact her. 

The former Premier League star pleaded guilty to stalking and today was jailed for two years and six months as well as being handed a five-year restraining order. 

Former Southampton FC footballer Shayne Bradley, 41, has been jailed for two-and-a-half years for stalking his ex

Bradley was first arrested and released on bail with conditions not to contact her, as well as being made the subject of a non-molestation order.

He was then arrested again and banned from an exclusion zone around her home address.

Police surveillance secured evidence of Bradley breaching his bail conditions and he was arrested again and charged with stalking. 

Bradley’s victim today spoke out about her trauma to warn others of his behaviour. 

She said: ‘We first met in September 2019 and he was a charmer and won me over, but he put himself on a pedestal and said my family and friends didn’t have my best interests at heart.

‘Eventually his possessive nature began to shine through and it escalated from there. I tolerated his behaviour for a year on and off. I knew it was never going to work, but I did care for him which was always the hard part.

‘After all contact ended and I changed my number, that’s when he started following me and watching my house. Events that followed will stay with me forever.

‘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.’ 

Bradley was as also Michael Owen’s forward pairing for the England Schoolboys team. Bradley is pictured in the middle row, second from left. Owen is pictured front row, far left

She continued: ‘I don’t think he realises that his actions in the past few months have had a ripple effect on my life, my family and no doubt his family too.

‘I have felt an overwhelming responsibility to put an end to his behaviour toward women.

‘If I can help any other woman by making them aware of this man and his cold calculated behaviour then that is good enough for me.’

Detective Constable Katie McGurk, who led the investigation, said: ‘These type of offences strike fear and lasting emotional and psychological damage and this has been emphasised by the victim’s personal statement bravely read out by the victim today.

‘Having to change your everyday tasks and not feeling safe is horrific and something that will probably always stay with the victim.

‘I hope that the result today will offer her some closure and that the restraining order provides her with some reassurance.’ 

Bradley was signed to Premier League side Southampton between 1998 to 2000, but only racked up four appearances because of spells away on loan. 

After periods at smaller clubs he retired in 2003 with an ankle ligament injury.  

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