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Ivor Broadis: Former RAF navigator and England footballer dies aged 96 | UK News



Former England international footballer and RAF navigator Ivor Broadis has died aged 96.

Broadis made 14 appearances for England in the 1950s, scoring eight goals – two of them during England’s 1954 World Cup campaign.

He was England’s only goal scorer during the team’s worst ever defeat, when they lost 7-1 against the 1954 World Cup runners up – the Hungarian team captained by the legendary Ferenc Puskas.

Broadis played his club football for Carlisle United, Sundarland, Manchester City and Newscastle United, which have all paid tribute to him on Twitter.

Broadis, who played as an inside forward, was the oldest living former England international at the time of his passing.

Born in 1922, he served in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War.

In an interview with the Northern Echo newspaper in 2007, he remembered the news of the Japanese surrender during the war.

“Next day we flew hundreds of troops back to England, some of whom hadn’t had leave for five years,” he told the paper.

“I was navigator, so I kept passing round notes telling them where we were.

“It was very emotional when we came over the white cliffs of Dover and you could see all the bonfires down below. I have very fond memories of that.”

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