Carlisle Lake District Airport has commemorated the life of a former England international footballer player, RAF veteran and journalist.
The Stobart Group-owned and operated airport unveiled a plaque in memory of Ivor Broadis and renamed one of the airport’s rooms The Ivor Broadis Lounge after the ex-Carlisle United, Sunderland, Manchester City, Newcastle United and Queen of The South player.
Broadis, who died at the age of 96 in April, was reportedly the first Englishman to score twice in a match in the FIFA World Cup finals when The Three Lions drew 4-4 against Belgium in Switzerland in 1954.
The London-born inside forward won 14 caps for his country and scored eight goals. Broadis also became The Football League’s youngest ever manager when he was appointed player-manager of Carlisle aged just 23 in 1949.
Before his football career took off, Broadis trained as a flight lieutenant navigator during World War II and was commissioned to fly Wellingtons and Lancaster bombers out of RAF Crosby-on-Eden, an airfield located where Carlisle Lake District Airport is based today.
Broadis later turned his hand to the world of sports journalism, writing football reports whilst at Manchester City and later establishing his own freelance agency, earning by-lines across the North East.
Broadis’ daughter, Gill Hind, was joined by Stobart Group CEO Warwick Brady and Carlisle Lake District Airport Manager Paul Martland for the unveiling of the plaque.
A Carlisle Lake District Airport spokesperson said: “We were delighted to meet Gill and remember Ivor for his extraordinary life. We hope his name and legacy inspires everyone who travels through Carlisle Lake District Airport from across the world.”