Portsmouth father and son make Oxford United history

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The Bradbury family name is familiar among Pompey circles.

Now they have created Oxford United history following Harvey’s first-team bow last night.

The former Pompey Academy player came off the bench for Karl Robinson’s side in the 3-0 win at Wycombe in the Checkatrade Trophy.

By doing so, he followed dad Lee in featuring competitively for the League One club – the first time both a father and son have represented the U’s in their history.

Bradbury senior, who lives in Fareham, made 73 appearances and scored 10 times for Oxford from June 2005 until January 2006.

Now striker Harvey, signed from Watford earlier this season, has made the first-team breakthrough.

Former Pompey pair Lee Bradbury with his son Harvey have made Oxford United history. Picture: Vernon Nash

Former Pompey pair Lee Bradbury with his son Harvey have made Oxford United history. Picture: Vernon Nash

Bradbury junior had climbed through Pompey’s youth ranks before released in the summer of 2017 at the end of his two-year scholarship.

He was subsequently snapped up by the Hornets following a successful trial and loaned out to St Albans and Hungerford Town.

In August, he made a permanent switch to the Kassam Stadium, with loan spells at Hungerford and Woking following – before blooded into Oxford’s first-team last night.

It represents a proud moment for dad Lee, who scored 46 goals in 167 Pompey appearances over two Fratton Park spells.

Bradbury senior is presently masterminding the Hawks’ bid to remain in the National League following successive promotions.