|Full name||Thomas Higginson Broad|
|Date of birth||31 July 1887|
|Place of birth||Stalybridge, England|
|Date of death||October qtr. 1966 (aged 79)|
|Place of death||Barton-upon-Irwell, England|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Openshaw Lads Club|
|1905–1908||West Bromwich Albion||11||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Thomas Higginson "Tommy" Broad (31 July 1887 – 1966) was an English footballer who played in the Football League for Bristol City, Chesterfield, Manchester City, Oldham Athletic, Southampton, Stoke and West Bromwich Albion. His brother Jimmy was also a footballer.
Broad was born in Stalybridge and after playing youth football with various clubs, he had an unsuccessful trial with Manchester City in 1904. In September 1905, he signed his first professional contract with West Bromwich Albion where he made 14 league and cup appearances before joining Chesterfield in February 1908.
Broad remained at Saltergate until the end of the 1908–09 season, at the end of which the "Spireites" were relegated to the Third Division. Broad then returned to his native Lancashire, joining Oldham Athletic in May 1909. At the end of Broad's first season at Boundary Park, the "Latics" were promoted to the First Division as runners-up to Manchester City. After three years with Oldham, during which he made over 140 first-team appearances, Broad was on the move again, this time back to the Second Division with Bristol City.
Broad remained with the Ashton Gate club until after the First World War, making over 110 appearances, before again returning to Lancashire and the First Division, with Manchester City. Two years at Hyde Road were followed by three seasons at Stoke where Broad along with his brother Jimmy helped the "Potters" finish as Second Division runners-up in 1921–22, although this was followed by relegation the following season. After three years in the Potteries, where Broad made 89 first-team appearances, he moved to the South Coast to join Southampton.
Broad still holds the distinction of being the oldest player ever signed by the "Saints", being just three weeks short of his 37th birthday. At The Dell, he was used as cover for Bill Henderson and only had a run of three games in October, followed by six in April. In September 1925, Broad moved to Weymouth of the Western League, before playing out his career with Rhyl.
- Sourced from The English National Football Archive
|West Bromwich Albion||1906–07||Second Division||11||0||4||1||15||1|
|Oldham Athletic||1909–10||Second Division||37||7||1||0||38||7|
|Bristol City||1912–13||Second Division||37||3||1||0||38||3|
|Manchester City||1919–20||First Division||19||0||1||0||20||0|
- Oldham Athletic
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