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Tributes to football legend after his death at Himley nursing home
4:11pm Tuesday 1st October 2013 in News
TRIBUTES have been paid to a Black Country footballing legend who finally lost his eight-year battle with Alzheimers.
Wolverhampton Wanderers star Peter Broadbent died aged 80 in the early hours of Tuesday October 1 at a nursing home in Himley where he spent his final years.
The inside forward was regarded as one of the most skilful players ever to wear the famous old gold colours of Wolves and became a role model for the greats who followed in his footsteps.
Mr Broadbent's biographer, Steve Gordos, said: "He was a genius, the special one of his generation, he could pass the ball like Beckham but he could also beat a player, he had a wonderful body swerve.
"Wolves signed him in 1951 for £10,000 - a record for a teenager, when George Best met Peter; Best was like a schoolboy meeting his hero."
With their star midfielder in his prime Wolves set records which still stand today, including being the only English league side to score more than 100 goals in four consecutive seasons.
Despite being an international star among greats like Dudley's Duncan Edwards, Mr Broadbent kept his feet firmly on the ground.
Steve Gordos said: "He was a quiet unassuming man, he wasn't big headed and always had time for the youngsters - he was a gent."
As well as being the creator of countless Wolves goals Mr Broadbent also knew where the net was himself.
In 14 years at the club he made 497 appearances and scored 145 goals.
Football reporter Ron Warrilow, who has covered Wolves matches for 54 years, said: "Peter Broadbent was one of the prime movers of the side, he was one of the best footballers I have ever seen."
Mr Broadbent is survived by his widow Shirley and two children.
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