Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

World Cup, 1954, and Ivor's Swiss Role; THE WAY WE WERE 64 YEARS AGO

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

World Cup, 1954, and Ivor's Swiss Role; THE WAY WE WERE 64 YEARS AGO

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Byline: The NOSTALGIA DAVE MORTON recalls the people and places of the North East EMAIL: TELEPHONE: 0191 2016437 WRITE TO: Dave Morton, Nostalgia Editor, ncjMedia, Eldon Court, Percy Street, Newcastle, NE1 7JB. @DaveSMorton Newcastle Chronicle - History Photosales - 0191 201 6000

THE 1954 World Cup finals took place in Switzerland and featured a Newcastle United player not always remembered 64 years on.

If Jackie Milburn and George Robledo - who appeared in the 1950 tournament - shine brightly in the pantheon of post-War Toon stars, our third World Cup Magpie is slightly less well-known.

Ivor Broadis, nevertheless, was a fine striker for United and the Three Lions and, at 95, the Londoner is England's and the Toon's oldest surviving player.

Born in 1922, Broadis had successfully plied his trade at Carlisle United, Sunderland and Manchester City, before arriving at St James' Park for a fee of PS20,000 in the summer of 1953.

The following year's World Cup finals came at a time when day-to-day life for the average Briton was getting better, as the miseries of the Second World War and the austerity which followed it began to slowly fade.

This was a year when rationing ended in the UK; American pop star Bill Haley released the incendiary Rock Around The Clock; and movie heartthrob Marilyn Monroe married baseball star Joe DeMaggio.

Popular films included On the Waterfront, starring Marlon Brando; JRR Tolkien published the first two parts of his fantasy trilogy Lord Of The Rings; and a 19-year-old singer from Tupelo, Mississippi, called Elvis Presley began his musical career.

People began to have fun again. As for Newcastle United, the Magpies had finished a lacklustre 1953-54 season fifteenth in the First Division, with Jackie Milburn top scorer on 18 goals, while Broadis netted a respectable 13 times. …

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