- 27 Apr 18
One of the League of Ireland’s greatest ever poachers is honoured in a new song by a Northern Ireland band proud of their tumultuous heritage.
In a career which lasted from 1969 to 1986, Brendan Bradley scored 235 goals – 181 of them for Finn Harps – more than any other player in League of Ireland history. He once hit Sligo for six. A ballad about him can still be heard wherever Harps fans gather:
For nigh on 20 years he played/The bane of most defences/Perfection in his chosen trade/Astounding people’s senses/We won the Cup in seventy ’74/Against St Pats Athletic/Twice that day did Brendan score/With grace and style balletic.
The new anthem is something else again – a moving, mournful, uncategorisable rock song by Rory Moore of Strength NIA. “I wrote it after seeing him one day on Carlisle Road. I thought, ‘That’s Brendan Bradley, I should write a song about him.’ So I did, and this is it.” Strength NIA take their stance sideways to the world. Organ, bass guitar drum beats and, sometimes, bits of broken machinery a rhythmically bashed. Vocals that veer from frantic Iggy Poppery to basso profundo incantation. Strength NIA don’t sound like anything else.