Jimmy Broad

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Jimmy Broad
Personal information
Full name James Broad[1]
Date of birth (1891-11-10)10 November 1891[1]
Place of birth Stalybridge, England[1]
Date of death 22 August 1963(1963-08-22) (aged 71)[1]
Place of death Chelmsford, England[1]
Playing position Centre forward
Inside right
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
St. Mark's (West Gorton)
Stalybridge Celtic
1911 Manchester City 0 (0)
1912 Manchester United 0 (0)
1913–1914 Oldham Athletic 15 (5)
Morton
1920 Millwall Athletic 9 (6)
1921–1924 Stoke 108 (62)
Sittingbourne
1924–1925 Everton 18 (8)
1925 New Brighton 11 (3)
1926 Watford 1 (1)
Caernarvon Town
Taunton Town
1929 New Brighton 0 (0)
Fleetwood
Total 162 (85)
Teams managed
1929–1930 Spezia
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

James Broad (10 November 1891 – 22 August 1963) was an English footballer who played as a forward for various Football League clubs in the 1910s and 1920s, including Oldham Athletic, Stoke and Everton.[1] His brother Tommy was also a footballer.

Career[edit]

Born in Stalybridge, Cheshire (now Greater Manchester), Broad began his football career with St Mark's (West Gorton), before moving to Stalybridge Celtic. He joined Manchester City in 1911, Manchester United in 1912, and then Oldham Athletic in 1913, without having made an appearance for either United or City. In his one season with Oldham, Broad made 15 appearances and scored five goals, but he was allowed to join Morton of Scotland in 1914. He returned to England with Millwall in 1919, scoring 39 goals in 54 games for the club, mostly in the Southern Football League.

Broad was brought to Stoke by wealthy director John Slater along with his brother Tommy. The idea was that winger Tommy would supply crosses for Jimmy to convert and it worked very well as in 1921–22 Stoke gained promotion with Jimmy top-scoring with 27 goals.[1] However Stoke struggled in the First Division and despite Jimmy scoring 26 goals Stoke were relegated back to the Second Division. In 1923–24 a promotion challenge failed to materialise and at the end of the season the board decided to reduce the wage bill by releasing ten players which included the Broad brothers.[1] Jimmy and eight unwanted teammates arrived at the Victoria Ground and ransacked the offices causing a considerable amount of damage.[1]

He joined Everton in 1924, via Sittingbourne, and scored eight goals in 18 games for the Toffees. In 1925, he moved to New Brighton, for whom he scored three goals in 11 matches, and then he joined Watford in 1926. After just one game for Watford, in which he scored a goal, Broad was sacked for a breach of discipline.[2] He moved into non-league football with Caernarvon Town and Taunton Town, before returning to New Brighton at the age of 38. However, he did not make any appearances for New Brighton before joining Fleetwood.

He then went on to do some coaching with Deportivo de La Coruña in Spain as well as in Turkey, Switzerland, Italy, Norway, Holland and South Africa.[1] At the age of 40 in 1931 he finally settled down taking up the post of groundsman at Chelmsford City a position he kept until his death in 1963.[1]

Career statistics[edit]

Source:[3]

Club Season League FA Cup Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Oldham Athletic 1913–14 First Division 10 4 0 0 10 4
1914–15 First Division 5 1 0 0 5 1
Total 15 5 0 0 15 5
Millwall Athletic 1920–21 Third Division 9 6 1 0 10 6
Stoke 1921–22 Second Division 41 25 5 2 46 27
1922–23 First Division 30 23 2 3 32 26
1923–24 Second Division 37 14 1 0 38 14
Total 108 62 8 5 116 67
Everton 1924–25 First Division 14 8 3 0 17 8
1925–26 First Division 4 0 0 0 4 0
Total 18 8 3 0 21 8
New Brighton 1925–26 Third Division North 11 3 2 1 13 4
Watford 1926–27 Third Division South 1 1 1 0 2 1
Career total 162 85 15 6 177 91

Honours[edit]

Stoke

References[edit]

General
  • Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 – 1939. Nottingham: Tony Brown. p. 34. ISBN 1-899468-67-6.
  • Jones, Trefor (1996). The Watford Football Club Illustrated Who's Who. ISBN 0-9527458-0-1.
Specific
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Matthews, Tony (1994). The Encyclopaedia of Stoke City. Lion Press. ISBN 0-9524151-0-0.
  2. ^ Jones p. 46
  3. ^ Jimmy Broad at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)