It was with great sadness this morning that the club heard of the death of Peter Broadbent – a man regarded by many as the greatest ever to don the old gold and black.
Peter, who was 80 years of age, had been battling with Alzheimer’s disease for several years.
He joined Wolves from Brentford for a fee of £10,000 in 1951 and was a focal part of the great team of the fifties that dominated English football winning three League Championships and, in 1960, the FA Cup.
As an inside forward he contributed 145 goals from his 497 appearances for Wolves before his final game on Boxing Day 1964, ironically, the day that another great, Dave Wagstaffe, who died in August, made his debut.
Peter Broadbent’s skills were much loved by supporters. He had tremendous ball control and had the all too rare talent of being able to shimmy with the ball.
Fans who watched him play talk of how he could leave a defender on the seat of his pants by a drop of the shoulder and that the crowd watching behind the goal would lean the wrong way too.
Phil Morgan whose superb match reports adorned the pages of the Express and Star from the end of the war until 1972 was once asked who he considered the greatest Wolves player from all the stars he had watched over the years.
His answer was instant and unequivocal – “Broadbent” – a sentiment that will in all probability be echoed by those lucky enough to have seen him play and, given the calibre of the team-mates that shared the field with him, a compliment of the highest quality.
To Peter’s charming wife Shirley, and the rest of his family, the club offers its deepest sympathy.
* A further tribute to Peter, pictured on the left, will follow.
Click here to view the video produced when Peter was inducted into the Wolves Hall of Fame in 2010.