Black Country Bugle
Black Country boys who wore the White Shirt
JACK BRODIE was born in the village of Wightwick near Wolverhampton on 30 August 1862, and died in Wolverhampton on 16 February 1925.
He played for St Luke’s School in Blakenhall before joining Wolver
hampton Wanderers as a founder member of the club in January 1877. He turned out as a guest for West
Bromwich Albion in July 1886 and retired as a player in May 1891. He was also a pupil-teacher at Saltley College in Birmingham and later became headmaster of St Peter’s School, Wolverhampton. Also a qualified referee, he was a director of Wolverhampton Wanderers FC from August 1913 until his death in 1925.
Very popular during his playing days (and afterwards as well) the versatile Brodie occupied six different positions during his career. Basically a forward, he made his England debut as leader of the attack in March 1889, scoring as captain in a 6-1 win over Ireland at Anfield. His second appearance for his country was against Scotland the following month (lost 3-2) when he appeared on the right-wing. After the match, the North British Daily Mail reporter wrote ‘Brodie of Wolverhampton was far too clever for the Scots at times and caused plenty of anxiety in their defence’.
He won his third and final cap also versus Ireland in March 1891 when he played left-half in a 6-1 victory at Molineux. Brodie scored 44 goals in 65 senior appearances for Wolves for whom he played in the 1889 FA Cup final defeat by Preston North End.