Peter Broadbent was today described as “truly special” by the club he made great as Wolverhampton paid its final respects to him.
Wolves chief executive Jez Moxey offered a fitting tribute to Broadbent, one of the greatest players in the club’s history, who died last Tuesday at the age of 80. Moxey was due to attend Broadbent’s funeral at St. Peter’s Collegiate Church today along with ex-players and hundreds of fans.
He said: “Peter was one of the club’s true greats.
“You don’t inspire admiration from footballing legends such as George Best and Sir Alex Ferguson without being something truly special.
“Peter was a player who not only helped the team to some wonderful successes, but also entertained the crowds with his incredible skill and much-famed body swerve.
“Peter had fought a courageous battle against illness for many years and everyone at the club send their condolences to his family and friends.”
Peter’s wife Shirley, 78, attended the tribute to her late husband at last night’s game against Notts County in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy with son Gary, 53, who lives in Bloxwich, and daughter Debbie, 57, from Tettenhall Wood.
Gary’s two daughters, Rosie, 14, and Mollie, 11, were Wolves mascots and the family were joined on the pitch by two of Peter’s old team-mates, Malcolm Finlayson, 83, who is chairman of the Wolves Former Players’ Association, and Ron Flowers, 79.
Peter’s brother Jack, his wife Janet, their children Sue and Derek and their family were also in attendance.
Wolves captain 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 in a minute’s applause.
Moxey added: “We were pleased that Shirley, the couple’s children Gary and Debbie, plus other family members and former Wolves team-mates were guests at the game.”