Tributes flooded in today for Wolves legend Peter Broadbent, who has died at the age of 80.
The inside forward, who made 497 appearances for the club, was one of Wolves’ greatest players of all time.
He was recognised as their most skillful player during their glory years of the 1950s.
Former team-mate Ron Flowers today revealed the midfielder was the first player he met when he arrived at the club. Broadbent and Flowers, who went on to win three league titles and the FA Cup, lived together for three years having both arrived at Molineux as teenagers.
Flowers described fellow club legend Broadbent, who died this morning, as a “quiet man” who kept himself to himself.
He said the midfielder’s place in the club’s history is assured and added that Broadbent’s arrival at Wolves made huge headlines back in February 1951, when he signed from Brentford, aged 17.
Flowers signed just over a year later and the pair lived together during their formative years at the club.
“I remember Peter being a big signing for the club then. He was very much the boy wonder when he arrived. He was a huge signing and a very gifted player,” he said.
“Peter was the first person I met when I arrived at the club, we were in digs together as a 17-year-olds,” he said. “We were very close. We were both young lads. He was a quiet bloke really. Very much kept himself to himself.”
And Peter Knowles, who made 191 appearances and scored 64 goals, believes Broadbent was a true Wolves legend.
“Without a shadow of a doubt – Peter Broadbent and Bert Williams these are what you call legends,” said Knowles who played for Wolves between 1963 and 1969. “He was such a nice fellow, he was always laughing, he never stopped. He was my role model.
“Our temperaments were different – I could be a nasty piece of work – but Peter was such a lovely man.
“I was cleaning the stadium out, the South Bank, and the first team was on the pitch training. That’s when I first saw him. It was like watching a skater on ice. He must have flowed over the pitch.”
Twitter users pay their tributes to Peter Broadbent on the hashtag #RIPPeter