Tributes continued to flood in today for Peter Broadbent as Wolves announced plans to honour their legend.
One of the club’s greatest-ever players died yesterday, aged 80, sparking an extraordinary response from the world of football and fans alike.
Wolves will invite supporters to join a minute’s applause at Molineux next Tuesday when they face Notts County in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy. Broadbent’s funeral will take place the following day at Wolverhampton’s St Peter’s Collegiate Church (1.45pm).
Flowers were laid at Molineux and flags have been flown at half-mast following the passing of the star of Wolves’ famous team of the 1950s.
Thousands logged on at www.expressandstar.com to leave their Broadbent memories while former team-mates and football managers made themselves available to give their tributes to the inside-forward.
One ex-team-mate, Ted Farmer revealed how the club legend had “treated him like a son”.
Farmer, who scored 44 goals in just 62 games for Wolves before his career was cut short by injury, revealed how Broadbent took him under his wing when he made his first team debut at Manchester United in September 1960.
Then aged just 20, he replaced Jimmy Murray up front but says the help of the more experienced Broadbent made things much easier.
“I’d come in for Jimmy Murray and of course he and Pete had such a great understanding,” he said.
“Wolves had almost done the double the previous season and had won the cup, there were nerves there.
“But Peter treated me like I was his own son and it made things a lot easier.
“Of course, it still took me a couple of games to understand him because he was such a good player.
“His ability and class was something I’d never seen before.
“He was a great player, no doubt about that. One of the all-time greats.
“Had he had his career today he’d be earning about £280,000-a-week.”
Farmer revealed Broadbent was among several of the club’s older stars who helped their younger counterparts make the transition to senior football – both on and off the pitch.
He fondly recalls one incident when Broadbent taught him how to tie a Windsor knot.
“I always had trouble with it and I remember Pete saying ‘come here, I’ll show you how to do that’.
“There was another occasion when we went out and one of the players, who was diabetic, became ill after a couple of drinks.
“Pete and his wife took him home and looked after him for a couple of days, which is just the kind of person he was.
“I remember when we went on tour to the United States, we did about 56,000 miles in six weeks and went all over the place. Peter really wowed the crowds with his ability.
“I went to see him a couple of times in the last few years when he was ill and it broke my heart in all honesty.
“It’s terribly sad what has happened.”