Wolves legend Peter Broadbent dies at 80

One of Wolves’ greatest-ever players, Peter Broadbent, died today at the age of 80.

The former inside forward, recognised as the most skilful player in the club’s greatest team, died peacefully at 2am at Beech House nursing home at Himley.

Mr Broadbent had been suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease for many years, but had been cared for by staff at the home.

His devoted wife Shirley had visited him at the home every day, despite his deteriorating condition.

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Wolves said today: “It was with great sadness 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.

“To Peter’s charming wife Shirley, and the rest of his family, the club offers its deepest sympathy.”

Flowers placed at the Billy Wright statue today in memory of Peter Broadbent
Flowers placed at the Billy Wright statue today in memory of Peter Broadbent

Mr Broadbent, who was one of the first inductees into the Wolves Hall of Fame, is ranked alongside such legends as Bert Williams, Billy Wright, Ron Flowers and Bill Slater as one of the club’s greatest players of all time.

He was part of Stan Cullis’ all-conquering team that won the Football League title three times, in 1954, 1958 and 1959 and the FA Cup in 1960. The side captured the nation’s hearts in the 1950s after embarking on a series of trailblazing European floodlit friendlies against the best teams in the world, in what were a forerunner of what is now the Champion’s League.

Part of England’s 1958 World Cup squad, Dover-born Mr Broadbent, who also scored Wolves’ first goal in Europe, netted 145 times in 497 games after arriving as a club-record signing from Brentford for £10,000 in 1951.

Mr Broadbent was known for his legendary body swerve which bamboozled opponents and entranced fans at a time when Wolves were recognised as the greatest team in the country.

Peter Broadbent is inducted into the Wolves hall of fame

Leaving Wolves in 1965, he joined Shrewsbury Town and also played for Aston Villa, Stockport County and Bromsgrove Rovers before hanging up his boots.

After his football career, the Broadbents ran a greengrocers in Halesowen and settled in Codsall, where they lived for many years. Son Gary is a professional golfer.

Mr Broadbent is the third former prominent Wolves player to have died in recent weeks after Dave Wagstaffe and Barry Stobart.

The Football Association tweeted this afternoon:

Malcolm Finlayson, who was goalkeeper of the great 1950s Wolves team and won two league titles and the FA Cup in 1960, all in the same team as Broadbent, paid tribute to his former team-mate.

“It’s very sad,” said Mr Finlayson, aged 83. “What’s sad about it is he was such a great player and that Wolves side was such a great team and to be honest, those players have never been replaced.

“He is irreplaceable. He had no weakness at all. He’d got this silky movement and ball control and was a great player. You could compare him to the other great players at other clubs, but he was better than most of them.”

Wolves legend and England World Cup winner Ron Flowers remembered him as a club-record £10,000 signing when they both arrived at Molineux in 1951. “I remember Peter being a big signing for the club then,” said Mr Flowers. “He was very much the boy wonder when he arrived. He was a huge signing and a very gifted player.”

Former Wolves boss Graham Turner, who now manages Shrewsbury Town, said: “I can remember going to Molineux to the Hall Of Fame dinner – both of us were elected there on the same night. His wife was there to collect it, he was unwell. But they did a link with Sir Alex Ferguson on video and he was saying that when he was growing up Peter Broadbent was his favourite player.”

Mr Broadbent leaves wife Shirley, 78, son Gary, 53, daughter Debbie, 56, four grandchildren and one great grand-daughter.

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spanish ray

One of the true greats.RIP.Peter Broadbent.



Laurence Foster

Laurence - Dublin.

Had the honour of watching Peter from 1955-1965.

He even gave us lads a lift to the ground knowing we were regulars. What a unique talent! So sad to hear of his passing.

Barry M

He was and always will be my Wolves Hero. As a lad I used to love to see him start his tricks once Wolves were leading by a couple.

He is a legend and I do not give that title to many.

I wish his wife and family my deepest sympathy at this very sad time.


My all time favourite. Quiet and unassuming who just did his best with no fuss. He would fit into any top team today with his silky skills .Bale, eat your heart out, PB was better.


Sad news to hear of the death of Peter Broadbent.

He was a truly great legend for Wolves.

Baggie in respect.

Paul in Portugal

I was lucky enough to see Peter Broadbent in his prime with the greatest Wolves team over the golden period.One of the kids sitting on the wall behind the goal on the South Bank. Would be absolutely priceless if playing today.Thanks for the memories I doubt if we will ever see the like at the Mol again. RIP

My boyhood hero

I agree with you I was also one of the kids who used to sit on the wall behind the goal in the South Bank. Peter Broadbent was also my hero.His ball control was unbelievable. He would gather a ball 2 or 3 feet off the ground and bring it to the floor in one silky movement, before setting off and leaving opponents in his wake with his amazing body swerve. A magnificent player and a true Wolves legend. RIP Peter and thank you for the wonderful memories.

Orlando Wolves

I was a South Bank wall sitter in those days too. Peter was a uniquely gifted and skillful player, the like of which I fear we will not see at the Molineux again. My considerations to his family, he will be sadly missed by all Wolves fans.


Wolves Legend forever.

Thoughts and prayers to his family and friends

RIP Peter Broadbent.


One of the Wolves' all-time greats. A player who truly deserves the accolade of "legend".

I was lucky enough to see him play a number of times in the very early 60s when I was a young lad.

My dear old Dad always used to say to me when he introduced me to Wolves and Molineux: "Keep an eye on Broadbent - he is a really good player". I did and I was transfixed on his excellent ability to control the ball, make himself enough time and space to look up and then "caress" the ball to a teammate. A brilliant inside-forward.

Later in life, I was lucky enough to meet him in the Millennium Stadium Final in 2003.

The consummate professional and a true gentleman. Will be greatly mourned by all the Wolves' family.


The Wolf Man - Halesowen

Just one word from me - LEGEND!


Sad news of another Wolves great ,RIP

Derek Hargrove

The very best of players, sportsman and gentleman. He gave me and thousands of others enormous pleasure in the fifties and sixties. My heartfelt sympathy goes to his Family. Thanks Peter for your life.

Jack ♣ Hat.

The greatest ballplayer Wolves ever had bar none. Football loses another legend.

Condolences to family and friends.

____________________________ J♣H.


There may be no love between wolves and Albion, but it's welcoming we all stand together when a legend passes on from one of our teams, a mutual respect for a fantastic player,




Well done Jack the Hat. Appreciate your input brother. By the congrats on beating Man U the weekend

Jack ♣ Hat.

Eddie, Thehoffsleftsock,

Thanks lads, I saw a lot of Peter as my half-brother was a big Wolves fan and when ALBION were away I used to go with him to watch Wolves from the "South bank"as it was named then. Peter was the purists footballer, if players had been birds Peter would have been a Swan, he was that graceful and strong on the ball. I practised for hours perfecting his trick of pulling the ball back with his studs and scooping it onto the boot , then clasping it between boot and shin-pad whilst balancing on one foot. I could also do it left footed. Very proud of being able to do that, the same as Peter. Sorry for getting carried away, hoping you lads understand, sad day indeed.

Peter Broadbent R.I.P. and thanks.


Jacks mate.

Don't apologise for being carried away Jack.

It should have happened years OK. Oh how we wish!!!!!!

Jacks mate.

The greatest player ever seen in the Midlands BAR NONE.

A gentleman and a friend.

Rest in Peace Peter We will give you a great send off.


Peter was a true legend, my idol when I was a kid, I use to copy his style body swerves, back heels etc,ect, should have played more games for England but Johnny Haynes was always favoured being from London. I remember his grocers shop in Bilbrook a lovely, lovely guy and great ball player wish we had his like today.

I know Peter has suffered with Alzeimers for many years my thoughts are with the family, many thanks Peter for the enjoyment your skills gave us all.

Baggie Don

As an Albion supporter I had hoped he would have played for us,however he was an excellent footballer and should have won more England caps. He not only created opportunities for others he scored a lot of goals himself. In modern terms a box to box midfielder,priceless.

Gazza brighton,eastbourne,now wythall wolves

Another sad departure from our true icons of the wonder wolves era.

Still lots to be said for current stars/flops Broadbent and his fellow players had wars etc to overcome during there playing days even playing christmas day and current flock moan about 2 games in a couple of days if only hey...

Thoughts to Mr Broadbents family and friends and his squad members from his time with wolves you will be missed remembered and not forgotten.

Mr Morgan please can you show clips of this players era before the next game on our screens please think that will add to the occasion for all staff players and fans see what these guys did for our club......

Rip Mr Broadbent (legend)


My dad told me he was the best player he ever saw play for Wolves. He and his wife didn't run a greengrocers in Halesowen, they ran a baby care shop

Bushbury Basher

Does it matter what they run?

Show some respect Bert....


A privilege to have seen play for a great team.RIP.


Very sad news. Simply the finest footballer ever to wear a Wolves shirt. Peter leaves wonderful memories with all who were lucky enough to see him play. RIP.


Peter signed for wolves when i was doing my national service in Cyprus ,a brilliant player

R I P Peter


They are building one hell of a team up there. You were my most favourite player of all time.

Stef from Bromley

Nice one Dave, HELL up THERE! I like it, a great contradiction. No contradiction though with your assessment of the great man. I too thought he was the greatest player I ever saw in the old gold shirt. And a nice man too. A very sad day indeed. RIP.

guernsey wolf

A true legend R I P


From a life long baggies supporter. I actually saw him play in the early 60's. fantastic player, sad loss.



My all time favourite player has died on my birthday. my dad took me to see this wonderful footballer back in 1958 and he has been my hero for 55 years, the memories of the famous Broadbent bodyswerve will never leave me. R.I.P. MAESTRO

carrie spittle

I cared for peter when he first came to himley mill,always had a smile for me was a lovely man, my thoughts go out to shirley who devoted everyday of her life to be by peters side and their wonderful family,rest in peace peter love carrie xxxxxx


Simply my Hero.

God bless Pete.

Farmer Ted

What a wonderful, wonderful player you were, you mesmerised us fans as well as the opposition.

Thanks for some unbelievable memories.

Paignton Wolf

Memories of a wonderful player never to see the likes of again in a Wolves shirt, a minutes applause at the next home match to show resect for such a talented player.Rip Peter.


Sad news - RIP Peter Broadbent.

Many of my older family members that were fortunate enough to have seen him play speak incredibly highly of him, condolences to his family and friends.

Sydney Wolf

My father watched him and his great team play most games throughout the 1950's before emigrating to New Zealand. A quiet tear ... May he go to better places.

wellington wolf

Hi sydney long shot but my dad malcolm watched him too and always said he was the best wolves player of all time, is you fathers name John?


So sorry to hear about Peter and my condolences to his family for this awful illness. He was and always will be a Wolves legend.

Baggie boy

Times like this when supporters should come together and acknowledge great players. Been a bad year for wolves loosing former greats. The players may have gone but memories remain.

Mature Wolf

Saw him play as a child and was star-struck. That experience lives with true supporters all our lives. Thank you Peter.Condolences to family.


Thank you Peter for giving us the inspiration to play this wonderful game I saw you play many times . Thoughts with your family..rest in peace mate you will no doubt make the Lords first team squad..God bless




Of all the Wolves' players I was privileged to watch throughout the fifties and sixties, Peter has always lingered in my memory as truly great. Farmer Ted's comment really does sum it up for me - a mesmerising player who has left wonderful memories for those of us who were fortunate to see him play.


What a great player he was

God Blessed You


Gerry Mannion

Now this man really was a legend in the true sense of the word. He was one of the most graceful footballers I have ever seen.

He was the first 'midfield general' I ever watched play the beautiful game.

This is one man that really should have a dedicated statue.

The only other Wolves player that matched up to the quality of Peter Broadbent was the other Peter (Knowles).

You are truly remembered.


I only saw Peter play at the end of his Wolves career, but my oldest brother said he was the best player to have ever worn a Wolves shirt, and who am I to argue. R.I.P. Peter. UTW:

anthony wwfc

condolences to his family and friends .... top footballer of that time wished i had seen him play. R.I.P


An unassuming, gentle man with superb skills. He could pick a pass , work hard for the team and modestly enjoy a victory. A Wolves clubman who will forever be one of my favourite, all-time Wolves players. So sad. he was my hero.

Dj wolf

The best good luck in heaven

Gareth Hughes

Rest in peace Peter , if Wolves players could only grace the gold & black palace like you did.

condolences to the Broadbent family.x

David Stallard

Peter Broadbent must be amongst the best 5 players ever to wear the famous gold and black shirt. He was a genius and it such a sad day for all Wolves fans young and old.

God bless you Peter and may you rest in peace. With sympathy to all your family and friends.

Gone but never forgotten.



Paignton Wolf

Great great great player in a great team Rip Peter. Condolences to all his family and friends.

dave hughes

My condolences to Peter's family and friends - a sad loss to Wolves and to Footie as a whole...


What a sad loss. Saw Peter play in the first Wolves match I attended and, although coming to the end of his time at Wolves, he stood head and shoulders above the rest. What a ball-player and a great servant to the club and the 'town'.

When God picks his next team his will be first name on the team sheet.

Condolences to his family, RIP Peter

Christchurch wolf

My childhood hero and truly a great player. Not only a goal scorer but a goal maker in that 50's team. We miss his silky skills and keen eye for a brilliant pass. We will miss you Peter.

des weaver

World class player, super dribler, I saw him once dance round a player, stopped, turned round and whisked round him again, skill was his middle name, I will never forget the pleasure he gave us fans, he scored 145 goals and made another 500 at least,,we will never see the skill he had ever again ,best wishes to his wife and family,

Alfred Camilleri

Wolves have lost another legend, the third in a small time space after David Wagstaffe and Barry Stobart. Yes Peter was a true legend and was part and parcel of the 50s team that won the First Division Championship three times and missed the fourth by a hairs breath but made up for it by winning the FA Cup. As a young lad I was lucky enough to see Peter play in that FA Cup Final win against Blackburn which was my first time seeing Wolves. For those who don't remember him I would put him in the Frank Lampard bracket. He was such a technical player and a goalscorer. Condolences to his wife Shirley and to the rest of his family.


sorry to disagree my friend ...perhaps Lampard may have cleaned his boots but he would never emulate Peter as a player.

My boyhood hero who gave me many hours of footballing pleasure with his silky skills .....will never be replaced !!

Orlando Wolves



The greatest footballer I ever saw. My hero when I was a young boy in the 50's. A true gentleman and a far cry from the money motivated morons of today. Rest In Peace.

Paul B Bloxwich

A very sad day and heartfelt condolences to his incredibly devoted wife Shirley, son Gary, daughter Debbie and all the family who remained so strong through Peter's long and terrible illness.

I had the privilege of playing golf with Peter who was a long-standing member of Bloxwich Golf Club. A humble and totally unassuming bloke who was just one of the lads and a great one for the 19th hole!

Rest in peace Peter and to the family, our thoughts are with you all.


I feel privileged to have seen Peter Broadbent play and also met him in person.

A legend on the pitch and a gentleman off it too. Before he became ill, he would take time out to speak with Wolves fans about his playing days. Probably the greatest Wolves Forward player of all time and right up there with the best English players ever.

Honved 1954

Yet another sad day, Peter you were really one of the best in that era. Saw you play many times, a great legend. RIP mate, my sincere condolences to all your family and friends................................

Mick Tranter

The word "great" is so over used, but not in the case of Peter Broadbent. One of a number who have been ahead of their time. Naturally gifted, versatile and effective in whatever role. Not just a brilliant schemer and provider but also a genuine goalscorer. What would he be worth today? Thanks for the wonderful memories. R.I.P. Peter.

jason s

R.I.P Peter broadbent,a true legend and among the best group of players to ever wear the wolves shirt,

portugal wolf

My favourite player of all time, when I played as a kid I was always peter Broadbent,very very sad day.

Shaun Cox

V sad news another Legend left us RIP Pete

Warrington Fan

My all time hero, should have won far more England caps. R.I.P Peter the Great.


RIP, thoughts to the family, just so pleased to have been privileged to have met him and talked to him. Legend indeed.


Yet another legend sadly passes away.

I never saw Peter play, unfortunately, but my Dad, who has been watching Wolves for more than 70 years insists he is THE best player he has ever seen in a Wolves shirt.

Men like him are the ones who made this club great and world famous.


Walthamstow Wolf

Peter had such an array of skills, dribbling, passing and goalscoring, that he really was the complete attacking player. However, the thing that set him apart was his vision - he just saw the game better than the other 21 players on the field, and that's saying a lot given the quality of the Wolves sides he played in.

A true legend, the like of which we are unlikely to ever see again in the old gold.



Thankyou for being a hero to my Dad, condolences to all the family

God bless and Rest In Peace Mr Broadbent








Peter played in the first match I ever watched, his ability and professionalism was second to none, a legend who will never be forgotten by so many.

I guess that in no small way, he was the reason I came to follow the Wolves from afar.

RIP Peter


So sorry to hear that another of my childhood heroes has passed away , when we use the word great about footballers it is overused , but Peter was one of the best and will always be in my top Wolves X1. To watch him play was a joy and made a visit to Wolves a joy.

Rest in Peace,Peter.


Wish I had seem him play, a true football legend and I am told and have no doubt a true gentleman. RIP Peter Broadbent.


A very sad day. Peter Broadbent was coming towards the end of his career just as I started to watch the Wolves on a regular basis. I remember him as being a very stylish skilful inside forward. A great player.

My sincere condolences to his family.


Billy Wright was the heart of the Wolves team of the fifties and Peter Broadbent was the brain.

A truly great Wolves legend who will be sadly missed. RIP

Erdington Wolf

The best winger that i have the privileged to watch, a sad day all the best to his family


Sorry to have to correct you on this sad occasion Erdington Wolf, but Peter was never a winger, he was the greatest inside forward ever to play for Wolves.


Absolutely gutted. He was my boyhood hero. We used to play football on a traffic island at the end of Cromwell Road. Many a time Peter would come along in his car , on his way to Billbrook, after training. He would always stop and have a chat.. He just behaved like any ordinary bloke, yet he always made our day when he came along.

I also remember when he played in the Centenary Game before the match against Manchester City. Even then he was the star, still able to do his tricks and make fantastic cross field passes. He outshone everyone in that match and the game that followed!

Rest in peace , Peter, you will never be forgotten

loyal wulfrian

He was a fantastic player, another one of our legends gone. Sad Sad day. RIP

Roslyn Parish

A true gentleman, he ran a shop with his wife Shirley in Halesowen (Babyland) always a pleasure to shop there both lovely people.

Dave J

My favourite ever player. Scored in the first game I ever saw. Such silky skills. RIP, Peter

Alberta, Canada Wolf.

R.I.P. From Western Canada.

Liam M.

Wolves & only Wolves since 1952.

Mike Pearson

A truly great player who I had the privilege to see play. Right up there with Johnny Haynes in my opinion. Best wishes to his family.

mark broome

My thoughts r with you Shirley.love from sharons husband.xxx

Barton Rog

A great player in a great team. What a time to watch Wolves!

Will be sadly missed but what memories.

Broadbent-Deeley Wolf

Old Gold legend.

Hurts to say Goodbye. Thankyou, Peter.

Thinking of your loved ones.


Had the infinite pleasure to see him play and most often heard through BBC World Service Football live commentaries when Wolves dominated the 1950's and 60's and since then has become a true legend and a great servant of our beloved club. A really great footballer who gave everything to his club and of course it was one of the reasons why I followed Wolves and still today. From far little island Mauritius Peter has thrilled every one with his marvellous skills. I am sad today to lose one of the greats and my heartfelt sympathy to his family and the club he so served with respect and dignity. May God give him a peaceful rest.


pricless r.i.p

Basi Villa

Rip to a legend, not just at the Wolves but also at Villa Park where despite his advancing years his quality was obvious at what was a difficult time for AVFC. There is no higher praise than that of George Best who said he was his favourite player. RIP Peter.


One of the best players to play in a wolves strip, one for the good old days. Will be remembered by a lot of fans and players who remember the golden era.

Old Fan

The best inside forward ever to play for us.

Thanks for the memories Peter,rest in peace.


When me and my mates played football in the 1950s we all wanted to be Peter Broadbent. A very sad day for all Wolves fans.

Terry Barlow

RIP Peter.

Surely the greatest Wolf of them all.

I was lucky to see him play from 1960 onwards but was probably a little too young to fully appreciate his magnificent skills. I remember his outrageous body swerves most of all, often leaving bewildered opponents on the seats of their pants. Pity London-based Johnny Haynes was around at the same time!

My late Dad saw all the Wolves teams from the early 1930s until his death in 2000, he would say without hesitation that Peter Broadbent was THE best of the best.

God Bless You Peter, there's a great Wolves side being assembled up there!

Manc Wolf

a true professional that's what my dad use to call him. I never had the privilege to see him play. Going to be missed by all geniune football fans.


R.I.P Peter Broadbent. Legend. Sad day for all wolves fans

Dave O

Another Legend gone....My sympathy to the famly he made a lot of people happy


Thanks for all the memories of yesteryear. A tuely underrated talent but by wolves fans

1948 Wolf

My father took me to my first match at Molineux in 1955 and I was a regular for the next 5 years. During this time, the one who caught my eye out of all the great players I saw was Peter Broadbent. To this day I still regard him as the best midfielder (or schemers as they were called in those days) to have played for our club and the standards he set in terms of ability, foresight and sportsmanship is, and will remain, the pinnacle to which aspiring players should strive to achieve. He scored 2 goals for England but only played in 7 internationals when that number should have been many more. Unfortunately the guy he was up against was Johnny Haynes, the Fulham maestro who went on to captain England when Billy Wright retired.

RIP Peter - Simply the Best.

Mike Berry

That shimmy of his backside sent so many players the wrong way, I recall seeing him make Jimmy Hill actually step off the pitch, so badly did he read Peter's move.

Kenneth Russell - Villa.

Pete was a great signing for Villa, by Tommy Docherty I think, and after performing magnificently one season, he was cast aside far too early, leaving a young inexperienced team without a guiding light. The result was that we were relegated to the old Third Division. A great player and sad loss.


Indisputably the best Wolves player EVER. Much better than Johnny Haynes who kept him out of the Enland team. There again he didn't play for a Southern Club. Anything an English player could do since he could do in spades with his eyes closed. All in can say to anyone who didn't see him play he really was the greatest

Ken Hawthorn.

Sad news, condolences to his wife and


RIP Mr Broadbent,

Baggies respect.


not had the pleasure of witnessing peter grace the pitch donning old gold and black but my god my old man (77) has got all the stories stored in the grey matter and from what I hear and seen of this great fotballer it all stacks up arguably one of the best players since the second world war till the present day god bless him and I hope he is reincarnated and comes back to don the gold and black shirt once again R.I.P Peter

Malvern Wolf

Wolves in Heaven have just made their finest ever signing. I have been going to the Molineux for over 60 years and Sir Peter was the finest of them all. Feeling very, very sad today. Thank you Sir Peter, your memory will live forever. RIP.

wilf the ref

what a player he was, i can still see him now with that body swerve sending a defender the wrong way, many happy memories of peter in a truly great team, rest in peace legend.


Very sad for us all as Wolves fans. I'm old enough to remember seeing him and he was a true great.

Vietnam Wolf

I also started watching in 1963. I surprised myself by naming the team picture straight off. Let me know if I got anyone wrong.

Back L to R: Peter Broadbent, Johnny Kirkham, David Woodfield, Fred Davies, Jimmy Murray, Ted Farmer, Gerry Harris.

Middle L to R: Terry Wharton, Bobby Thomson, Ron Flowers, Chris Crowe, Alan Hinton, George Showell.

Front: Fred Goodwin, Barry Stobart.

Hesitated on Ted Farmer, mind...


Spot on, though I'd forgotten Johnny Kirkham(sorry) till I saw your list.

Peter a true great, and for me an abiding memory of the grace he brought to the game.

A Legend and a Gentleman

Never to be forgotten - RIP Peter


I have never seen a better player than Peter, I was fortunate to see him play havoc with the oppositions defenders.

God bless and condolences to his family.

Filtonwolf (Bristol)

Today's media talks of some of today's players as being superstars. If that's the case Peter Broadbent must have been a super nova. One of the world's greatest players.

Colin, Shrewsbury

I can only heartily agree with what's been said. But a BIG, BIG thank you to Wolves for letting us have him at the Old Gay Meadow, not for long, but long enough to have seen him grace the old ground and to be adored by all Shrewsbury fans. A true legend at The Gay Meadow and by far the best player ever to wear the Shrewsbury colours. Thank you Wolverhampton Wanderers, your gift was priceless.


What a wonderful player a role model ass a player and as a man in today's market what would he be worth one of the greats of Wolverhampton wanderers R.I.P.Peter


One of the all time Wolves greats if not the greatest. His sublime skills were a key feature to the success of the team of that era. His fellow professionals also admired his talent and his reputation was well justified. RIP Peter.


Never had the pleasure of seeing him play, but an other Wolves legend sadly leaves this earth, R.I.P.

Grappenhall wolves fan

I am very sad to hear about Peter Broadbent, my all time favorite player ,what a fantastic body swerve . A very classy player who's image and actions are still very clear in my mind

Chinese Wolf (in Canada)

I may have been born way after Peter's playing days, but I know from what old footage I can find and all the stories I heard from great Wolves fans, I knew he was one of the greatest players to wear the old gold and black and a great man on top of that. How I wish I was able to see him play in the old gold and black during the glory years of the Stan Cullis era! R.I.P. legend.

Just remember everyone, all of these legends like Peter, Dougan, Wagstaffe, and Billy Wright will truly never die! Their positive impact and contributions to Wolves will make them immortal!


My fondest memory of Peter Broadbent was when he opened his shop in Bilbrook. We kids would go into the shop every day for his autograph and never once did he refuse even though some had been in 4 or 5 times that day. A lovely, lovely man. But the thing that will stay with me for ever is, My school friends dad had a shop just a few doors away and at the back of the shops were some garages where Adrian and myself would have a kick - about and Peter would come out in his suit and polished shoes and join in just the 3 of us until his wife said come on Peter get back in the shop lol,

He Always had time, a smile and a kind word for everyone.

Thanks for the memories Peter. My Deepest Sympathies to all your family R.I.P. God Bless.

Roaring Boy

My Dad's favourite player Top Man


My Dad seen the great Wolves side of the 50s and seen most of the best players of that era and says Peter Broadbent was fantastic, the best footballer he has eva seen when we start chatting about football Peter Broadbent name was always one of the 1st to be mentioned, I never seen the gentleman play but hears my tribute. If Carlsburg made footballers they would make PETER BROADBENT, god rest his soul prays for his family and Smiles for all the old timers who remember him as a Great Wolves Footballer,LET PEACE BE WITH YOU ALL

Stearmans overhead kick

Never seen Peter play, But asking Wolves fans on the factory floor who were older than myself who was their top Wolves player 8/10 said Peter Broadbent ,R.I.P.Peter,Deepest Sympathy to family and friends.


What a wonderful player what would he have been priced at in today's market a truly great wolves legend r.i.p peter

Dave J

My favourite player for the Wolves. He scored in the first game I swab but it was the silky skills that got me hooked. RIP Peter the Great!


show them how to play up in heaven like you did down here mate . god bless you .

Silver Wolf

Brief memories, April 1955 with my Dad at Brammall Lane to see the wonderful men in old gold and black, all my heroes from Bert Willliams forward won 2-1 and their work rate was phenomenal. Peter Broadbent was superb and I recall watching him at the City Ground, Nottingham about 1962/3 when he had a storming game albeit Wolves lost 4-3.

Elegant and skilful he graced the game in a way that, even had they the skills, many today wouldn't know how.

A Wolves great, a footballing great.

A very sad day.


One time Daily Express backpage headline: Broadbent 2 Wales 2

"Broadbent the defences did skid": line from song Come On Wolves.

WBA Former Players Association

On behalf of the WBAFPA may we offer our sincere condolences to the Broadbent Family on the loss of Peter, a truly great Footballer. He was a Legend who brought much happiness to those who followed the Wolves & football in general through the 50/60's. A superb inside forward who, as was the situation in those days, not recognised by the Southern based England Selectors often enough.


Plymouth Wolf

Lucky enough to have seen him play, what a player. Would be priceless today

Coming home wolf

A player I never saw in action, but a true legend, respect and rest in peace Peter, thoughts for his family at this very sad time.


My favourite wolves player of all time.In playground matches I always wanted to be

Broadbent. Should have been an England regular-better than Johnny Haynes

Paul Clark

Peter Broabent was my childhood Wolves hero. I stitched his number to my first Wolves strip in the late 50s. My Aunt new his landlady and he got my autograph book signed by all the championship winning players. Where is that autograph book now, alas?

geoff wakelam

Too young to have seen him play, but Dad's stories of him make me drool with jealousy. Another great, lost in a sad year so far. RIP legend


A player who was sadly before my time, but my dad and father in law still to this day, say what a truly gifted player he was and one of the all time legends of football.

A sad loss, my thoughts are with his family at this time RIP.

mike prescott

I was lucky enough to see Peter play when I was at RAF Bridgenorth back in the mid fifties. We share the same year of birth. A great player who would put some of todays so-called great players in the shade.Thanks for the memories, Peter. R.I.P.

Wolves 1

My father suported Wolves all his life and Stan Cullis tried hard to get him to sign for the club during the 50s.When he left to do his National Service he signed an agreement to say he would not sign for another club, while in the army he scored both England goals in a forces game against Scotland. We still have telegrams from Cullis asking dad to join Wolves he didn't sign because he was getting married and the money was not good in those days and there was no security if you got injured, he always regretted not signing as things improved soon after.

Dad always said Peter Broadbent was his favourite player and that's good enough for me.

By the way Dad get your kit ready Peter's signed for the Eternal Wanderers and could be available Saturday.

Condolences to the Broadbent family.Another legend gone.

old baggie

I have tears in my eyes! What a great player and a different class to players of today, superb going forward, If only england had someone like him today.

Gold coaster

Very sad news. One of my Dad's Favourite players of all time, he used to say he could do anything with the ball and it was a tragedy that his genius was not given the recognition it deserved.

Our condolences to the family. A true Wolves legend, never forgotten. RIP Peter.

Old Gold Portion of Chips

He is at peace now .after a long illness . A truly GREAT Wolves and England player . Thanks for those memories .

phil harvey

I am a shrewsbury supporter ,but every now and then i usedto go with my mum over to Wolverhampton to see my grandparents, when Wolves were at home i would go with my Grandad to watch the Wolves

and was priveliged to have seen the great man himself ,being only a youngster at the time was still mesmerised by Broadbents skill ,later when he joined Salop i thought i was in heaven ,wow Peter Broadbent at Shrewsbury ,no doubt about it he was the greatest player i have ever seen ,never be another like him R.I.P Peter so sadly missed my thoughts go out to his family


R I P ,Peter . Your memory will last forever in the Wolves hall of fame. God Bless

Golden Wonder

I can only go off what my late dad and others said about another Wolves legend as i would have liked to have seen Peter play in what only the rest of us can dream about in the most successful period in our history

Jealous of all those who saw him in the comments above.

Condolences to all the family.


he was a gem of a player, well respected r.i.p

Pembrokeshire Wolf

I have read the accolades above, such that, now I come to add my own, I am struggling because of all the tears in my eyes.

I am one of the priveleged who saw a lot of Peter's games (my first match was in 1951). I think the all-time Wolves great has to be Billy Wright (closely followed by Bill Slater), but the most skillful and entertaining (and worth the admission money by himself) was Peter. I am now aged 71 and, of all the Wolves players over those years, he has given the most pleasure. As others have said, what would we give for his like now?

I pray that his grieving family will gain strength from our fond memories.

God bless you, Peter. RIP.


I agree, what a a wonderful era for Wolves players and fans.

Lockerbie Wolf

I saw Peter Broadbent play. How priviledged I am.

John Murphy

On behalf of all the local blokes down here who went around London in the early 60's to watch Wolves would like to add condolences to Mrs Broadbent and the family. Peter was a wonderful classy player who graced the game with this skill and was my boyhood hero. Knew he had been ill for some time but still hits home he is no longer with us. We will all be meeting up tomorrow night and will raise a glass to him. One final thought with the silly money being played for average players these days what would Peter be worth if he had been in his prime today...don't think even Real Madrid could have afforded to buy him !

Toronto wolf

A wonderful player and good back-up goalkeeper, I saw him play in the

fifties when I was a 13 year old standing on the south bank.

What a loss, 3 great players in the last few weeks.

Thanks for the magical memories.

Terry Gripton-Derby

Very sad to lose another one of Wolves greats. Peter and Ron Flowers were my favourites when Woles were as big as United, Arsenal, Spurs and even Real Madrid!

Thoughts go to his family.

John Evesham

Many childhood memories watching the team in the early 60's have all come flooding back. What a great player. Many thanks for those great memories.. lets make it a year to bring back the greatness to the club and build on this fantastic legacy.