The granddaughters of Peter Broadbent helped lead the tributes at Molineux as fans, friends and family prepared to say goodbye at the Wolves legend’s funeral today.
A minute’s applause took place at Molineux last night ahead of Wolves’ Johnstone’s Paint Trophy game in tribute to Mr Broadbent, who died last week aged 80 after a long battle against Alzheimer’s.
Members of his family and former team mates Ron Flowers and Malcolm Finlayson led the applause before laying wreaths behind one of the goals. His granddaughters Rosie, aged 14 and Mollie, 11, were mascots for the night and were joined by Mr Broadbent’s wife Shirley, 78 as well as son Gary, 53 and daughter Debbie, 57. Mr Broadbent’s brother Jack, his wife Janet, their children Sue and Derek and their family also attended.
Wolves’ captain for the night, Richard Stearman, led the family and ex-team-mates to lay flowers behind the Stan Cullis Stand goal before the game while the crowd joined a minute’s applause.
Debbie’s youngest son, Nick Smith, 29 and a serving officer in the RAF, arrived back from Afghanistan yesterday to attend the funeral.
It takes place at St Peter’s Collegiate Church at 1.45pm.
Mr Broadbent is regarded as one of the greatest Wolves players of all time and was a star of their all-conquering side of the 1950s.
He became the third former Wolves player to pass away in recent weeks after the deaths of Dave Wagstaffe and Barry Stobart.
For a four-page special on Peter Broadbent see tomorrow's Express & Star.