Former RAF Navigator And England Footballer Ivor Broadis Dies Aged 96 Credit PA
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Former RAF Navigator And England Footballer Ivor Broadis Dies Aged 96

During the Second World War, Ivor Broadis flew with the RAF before beginning his football career with Carlisle United.

Former RAF Navigator And England Footballer Ivor Broadis Dies Aged 96 Credit PA

Broadis completed 500 hours of flying during the Second World War (Picture: PA).

Former Royal Air Force navigator and England International footballer Ivor Broadis has died aged 96.

Broadis was posted to RAF Crosby-on-Eden after the Second World War and signed for Carlisle in 1946.

He completed 500 flying hours during the conflict and helped hundreds of troops return home to Britain whilst in his role as a navigator.

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," Broadis told the paper.

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

His football career saw him win 14 caps for his country and he scored twice in three appearances in the World Cup in 1954.

During his club career, he played as an inside-forward for Carlisle United, Sunderland, Newcastle United, Manchester City and Queen of the South.

Before his passing, he was the oldest living former England international.

Following the news of his passing, many of his clubs paid tribute to him on Twitter.