WOLVERHAMPTON: Peter Broadbent, a key member of the outstanding Wolverhampton Wanderers team of the late 1950s and early 1960s, has died aged 80.
The former Wolves and Aston Villa inside-forward scored 145 goals in 497 appearances for the Molineux side after joining from Brentford for a then club record of £10,000 in 1951.
He helped Wolves, under the long-ball management of Stan Cullis, win the Football League title in 1954, 1958 and 1959 and the FA Cup in 1960, and was a member of England’s squad at the 1958 World Cup finals in Sweden. Altogether he played seven times for England, scoring two goals.
During his time at Wolves – playing inside-right of inside-left – Broadbent was an important a player as halfbacks Billy Wright, Bill Slater, Ron Flowers and Eddie Clamp along with forwards Norman Deeley, Jimmy Murray, Bobby Mason and Jimmy Mullen.
Later he joined Shrewsbury in 1965 and had spells at Aston Villa and Stockport.
In a statement on the club website, Wolves said Broadbent was “regarded by many as the greatest ever to don the old gold and black”.
Broadbent had been suffering from Alzheimer’s. His death follows the recent lossese of other old Wolves’ favourite such as Dave Wagstaffe and Barry Stobart.