Gary Bradshaw hopes Ferriby fairytale will end in promotion to Conference North
SOMETIMES in football, fairy-tales are written in the stars. When Dean Windass scored Hull City's only goal of the Championship play-off final back in 2008, many felt it was the case.
What could be better than a home-grown striker becoming the local hero by scoring the goal that took the Tigers into the Premier League for the first time?
The stage may be a lot smaller than Wembley for North Ferriby, but Gary Bradshaw hopes he can give the headline writers a similar fairy-tale story.
As the club's all-time leading goal scorer with 221 goals, there could not be a more fitting player to score the goal which takes Ferriby into the Conference North.
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Having scored his first four-goal haul for the club in his 400th appearance in midweek, the 30-year-old hopes he can do just that.
"I would love to score the goal that took Ferriby up," he told the Mail. "But I'd be just as happy if an own goal won us promotion.
"It would be a dream if I could be the hero and play in the Conference North for Ferriby next season.
"I haven't dreamed of that just yet, though, because I just want to take things one game at a time."
Racking up 400 appearances is something which the former Hull City striker is extremely proud of, even if he was unaware of the milestone.
"I didn't know Tuesday night's game was my 400th, it was only afterwards that someone told me," he explained.
"I suppose it's quite an achievement when you consider how often players move these days.
"It could have been a lot more because I only joined Ferriby when I was 22. I was at Harrogate Town before and they loaned me to Ferriby. I've never looked back since."
When Bradshaw signed for the Villagers, it was the start of a match made in heaven.
He may not have known he was making his 400th appearance but, like any striker worth his weight in gold, he knew his goal at Blyth was his 221st for the Villagers.
"To score 221 goals in 400 games is something I am very proud of," he said.
"I've played for a lot of good managers in my time here and they have all wanted to keep me.
"I haven't got a clue why I have managed to score so many goals for Ferriby. I guess I have found myself in the right place at the right time a lot over the years. As a striker, it's a good habit to have."
The fact Bradshaw isn't a regular for Billy Heath's side is testament to the quality of players in the Ferriby squad this season, which Bradshaw admits is the best group he has been involved with.
He added: "In the past we have had a pretty good first XI, but now we have a good squad to cope with injuries.
"The majority of players have EvoStik experience, which is why it's hard to get in the team these days.
"I think I have another eight or 10 goals in me between now and the end of the season, but it depends on how often I get picked. I want to play as often as I can."