Ivor Broadis

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Ivor Broadis
Personal information
Full name Ivan Arthur Broadis[1]
Date of birth (1922-12-18) 18 December 1922 (age 95)
Place of birth Isle of Dogs, Poplar, London, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Inside forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1946–1949 Carlisle United 91 (52)
1949–1951 Sunderland 79 (25)
1951–1953 Manchester City 74 (10)
1953–1955 Newcastle United 42 (15)
1955–1959 Carlisle United 159 (32)
1959–1960 Queen of the South 63 (20)
Total 512 (157)
National team
1951–1954 England 14 (8)
Teams managed
1946–1949 Carlisle United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Ivan Arthur "Ivor" Broadis (born 18 December 1922) is an English former professional footballer.

During a career spanning eighteen years from 1942 to 1960, Broadis represented Carlisle United, Sunderland, Manchester City, Newcastle United and Queen of the South, gaining 14 caps and scoring eight goals for England at international level. Broadis played at inside forward; after retiring from playing in 1960, he pursued a career as a football journalist.[2] He is the oldest surviving England international footballer.[3]

Early days[edit]

Broadis was born in Isle of Dogs, Poplar, London. During the Second World War he completed 500 flying hours on RAF Wellingtons and Lancasters, although he was never on a bombing mission. During the war he'd guested as an amateur for Tottenham Hotspur among other clubs. It was at Tottenham that someone misread his real name (Ivan) as Ivor, and so he inadvertently became known henceforth as Ivor Broadis.[2]

Broadis recalled to the Northern Echo how he was in Italy when news of the Japanese surrender arrived. "Next day we flew hundreds of troops back to England, some of whom hadn't had leave for five years. I was navigator, so I kept passing round notes telling them where we were. It was very emotional when we came over the white cliffs of Dover and you could see all the bonfires down below. I have very fond memories of that."[2][4]

Club career[edit]

Carlisle United (1st spell)[edit]

At the end of the war Broadis was posted to Crosby-on-Eden. "Until after the war I'd never been so far north in my life, I thought I'd need a dog team to get up here," recalled Broadis.[4] When Carlisle United heard how close he was, when he was just 23, they offered him the player/manager's position in August 1946.[2] Broadis is still the youngest man to have been player/manager in the English Football League.

Broadis is the first manager to transfer himself to another club when he sold himself to Sunderland in January 1949. As Broadis told the BBC, "Carlisle got £18,000 for me. It was an incredible amount in those days".[5] Broadis was succeeded as manager by Bill Shankly.[2][6] Broadis continued to live and train in Carlisle.

One day Broadis arrived late for training. Shankly's version of what he said to Broadis: "What do you think you're doing? Who do you think you are? If you do the training we do you can train with us and we'll play five-a-side and you'll run your guts out as an example to everybody else".[6]

Shankly never said that he made Broadis as a footballer, "but I made him realise what was needed to be a player, and Ivor Broadis was one of the strongest and most dangerous inside forwards that ever played."[6]

Broadis' description of events with Shankly: "Bill always regarded himself as the man who saved me, really - the man who gave me to England. I would maybe be lapping round and I admit I could have put a lot more into it.[6]

"You sort of take the routine from the club you are with and that was not good enough for Bill. I was doing what I thought Sunderland would be doing, the way they were doing it. And that wasn't Bill's way. You had to come off jiggered. So Bill regarded himself as putting me right and I think there's a lot of truth in that. His strength was not Liverpool. It was the strength he could give to anybody."[6]

With Shankly's infectious enthusiasm he would ask Broadis, "Are you doing anything this afternoon? Aye, right then, if you're not, come down to the ground." They would upturn two chimney pots to each be a goal and play one-a-side.[6]


Of his transfer to Sunderland Broadis remarked, "All I did was exercise the right to be transferred. Blackburn, Man City and Preston were interested but only Bill Murray, the Sunderland manager, came to see me. That's why I joined but it was the board who agreed the fee." On his £12 a week Broadis commented, "When I was playing, the only agent was Dick Tracy."[4] Broadis went on to grace England’s top division for the next 6 and half seasons.[2]

Sunderland's big spending transfer fees on Broadis and others led to the club being known at this time as the "Bank of England club." Alongside the likes of England internationals Len Shackleton, Dickie Davis, Willie Watson and Wales' Trevor Ford, Broadis scored 27 goals in 84 Sunderland appearances.[2][4]

Broadis remembers his playing days with affection but not entirely without regret. The inside-forward lamented, "The sad thing about that Sunderland side was that we should have won the League in 1950. They played me at centre-forward against a relegated Man City with three or four games to go and we lost. We finished third in the end. We should have won the league that year, it would have made such a difference."[5] In Sunderland's highest post war finish they ended up 1 point behind retaining champions Portsmouth and also runners up Wolves. This is Broadis’ highest ever league finish.[2]

Manchester City[edit]

Broadis moved to recently promoted Manchester City in October 1951, this time for a fee of £25,000. It was there Broadis gained his first England cap and penned his first newspaper column thanks to the Manchester Evening News.[2]

Newcastle United[edit]

Newcastle United signed Broadis two years later for £20,000. The team already included players like Jackie Milburn, Len White, Scotsmen Bobby 'Dazzler' Mitchell and Frank Brennan and Welshman Ivor Allchurch. Like at previous clubs Broadis was well received by the fans and is still warmly remembered. With Broadis at the club Newcastle won the F.A. Cup in 1955 - their last time to date. Broadis did not play in the 3-1 final defeat of ex-club Man City, however, after a disagreement with trainer Norman Smith. His days at St James' Park were numbered.[2]

Carlisle United (2nd spell)[edit]

Broadis returned to Carlisle in July 1955, when he was signed as player/coach for a fee of £3,500 by manager Fred Emery. Broadis stayed at Brunton Park until June 1959 after which he was off to play in Scotland.[2] He was selected to play for the Third Division North team against the South in 1955/56, 1956/57 and 1957/58.

Queen of the South[edit]

Queen of the South, under Jimmy McKinnell Junior, signed Broadis to the Dumfries side for the last of his playing days in 1959. With his passing ability and goal threat[7] Broadis clearly enjoyed his time at Queens, later saying, "The two seasons I spent at Palmerston Park were the best of my career'.[2] With Jim Patterson and Bobby Black already at the club when Broadis arrived, they were joined by George Farm in February 1960.[2]

In his time at QoS he hit four goals on Boxing day 1959 in a 7-1 home win over Queen's Park. The Doonhamers' other goals came from Percy Dunlop (2) and Bobby Black. The consolation goal for Queen's Park was scored by future Aberdeen and Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson.[2][8] Broadis scored 20 goals in his 63 league games for Queens.[9] Broadis´ performances prompted the offer of a contract from top division Hearts. Broadis decided that he would end his playing days with Queens, however, before moving on to the next step in his career.[2] At the time of his 90th birthday he was the oldest surviving ex-Queens player.[10]

International career[edit]

Broadis earned 14 caps for the England national football team, scoring 8 goals.[11] In both Broadis' England games at Hampden Park he played in front of crowds over 130 000. In his three games against Scotland (twice against future Queen of the South team-mate George Farm), Broadis was unbeaten (2 wins, 1 draw). Broadis scored 3 goals against Scotland, all with Farm in goals for the Scots.[2] On a tour of South America, Argentina v England was abandoned at 0-0 after 22 minutes due to a rain storm.[2]

In a game of eight goals in Budapest on 23 May 1954 Broadis was the only England player able to score. In reply, the speed, skill and movement of the Hungary `Golden Team´ featuring Ferenc Puskás, Sándor Kocsis, Zoltán Czibor, Nándor Hidegkuti and József Bozsik rattled in 7; giving their opponents a football lesson. After the game, bewildered England centre half Syd Owen said, “It was like playing people from outer space”. Tom Finney commented of Broadis, "I remember when he had taken his boots off after the Budapest match, he warned everyone, "Don't touch them unless you're wearing gloves, they're red hot". Broadis added, "It's the first time I've ever come off the pitch with a sunburned tongue!"" This is still England's record defeat. Broadis hadn't played when Hungary won 6-3 at Wembley the previous November.[2][12]

Broadis played at the 1954 FIFA World Cup. Playing in all 3 England games, Broadis scored 2 goals, both against Belgium. Broadis was thus the first Englishman to score twice in a game in the World Cup finals, 30 minutes ahead of Nat Lofthouse who also scored two in the same 4-4 draw. Broadis was thus also part of the 1st ever England team to play in the World Cup quarter finals, a level England have surpassed only twice away from home.[2]

# Date Opponent Result Broadis goals Competition
1 28 November 1951  Austria England 2 - 2 Austria 0 Challenge match
2 5 April 1952  Scotland Scotland 1 - 2 England 0 UK International Championship
3 18 May 1952  Italy Italy 1 - 1 England 1 Challenge match
4 18 April 1953  Scotland England 2 - 2 Scotland 2 UK International Championship
5 17 May 1953  Argentina Argentina 0 - 0 England 0 Challenge match
6 24 May 1953  Chile Chile 1 - 2 England 0 Challenge match
7 31 May 1953  Uruguay Uruguay 2 - 1 England 0 Challenge match
8 8 June 1953  United States USA 3 - 6 England 1 Challenge match
9 3 April 1954  Scotland Scotland 2 - 4 England 1 UK International Championship
10 16 May 1954  Yugoslavia Yugoslavia 1 - 0 England 0 Challenge match
11 23 May 1954  Hungary Hungary 7 - 1 England 1 Challenge match
12 17 June 1954  Belgium Belgium 4 - 4 England 2 World Cup finals
13 29 June 1954   Switzerland Switzerland 0 - 2 England 0 World Cup finals
14 2 July 1954  Uruguay England 2 - 4 Uruguay 0 World Cup finals

Later days[edit]

Broadis has lived in the same Carlisle semi since 1955.[4] After playing and coaching Broadis became a football journalist for 45 years.[4] At the time of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Broadis was the oldest living England international footballer.[13]


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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s "QosFC: Legends - Ivor Broadis". Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  3. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-46357130
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Broadis still; bubbling along at 85". Northern Echo. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  5. ^ a b "BBC SPORT - Football - My Club - Carlisle United - Broadis recalls the 'simple game'". Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  6. ^ a b c d e f Mather, Geoffrey. "Perspective UK North". Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  7. ^ "The Queens" by Iain McCartney on Creedon Publications, 2004
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ http://www.neilbrown.newcastlefans.com/player1/ivorbroadis.html
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  11. ^ "Internet Archive Wayback Machine". 30 November 2006. Archived from the original on 30 November 2006. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  12. ^ "Puskas on Puskas", Robson Books Ltd, 1998
  13. ^ "Meet England's oldest living international footballer". ITV Border. 19 June 2018. Retrieved 19 June 2018.

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