Friday, 21 May 2010

manager transfers himself; the boateng brothers

Two intersting extracts from the Guardian Knowledge of 19 May, one a question and answer, the other a striking fact within a question:

"The banter took an interesting turn in the pub when one of my mates claimed that a player-manager at Carlisle once placed himself on the transfer list, then sold himself to another club. Can this possibly be true?" enquired Stephen Guilfoyle back in 2006.
While we would never advocate believing everything you hear down at your local, Stephen, on this occasion the banter is spot-on. Ivan Broadis, born in Poplar, east London in 1922, is the man at the centre of this tale, although, as John Briggs notes, "the Football League read his signature incorrectly and he was registered as Ivor, by which name his has been recognised ever since." Ivor's early playing career took in amateur appearances for Finchley, Northfleet, Finchley again, Tottenham, and Millwall, before he became the youngest player-manager ever at Carlisle - in 1946 - at the tender age of 23.
"Although his time as manager of the club could be regarded as being average, Broadis laid the foundations for the future, and when he left in January 1949 (replaced by one Bill Shankly), United were in a far healthier state than when he had taken over," explains the club. "Still registered as a player, he sold himself to Sunderland for £18,000 claiming that it was in the best interests of the club that he leave, providing Carlisle with suitable financial reimbursement for the transfer. The fans were not convinced, but accepted his move out of respect for the money it produced. Ivor is officially the first ever manager to transfer himself to another club."
Ivor's playing career took him on to Manchester City, Newcastle, back to Carlisle and finally Queen of the South, while he also accrued 14 caps for England and played in the 1954 World Cup finals. He hung up his boots in 1962, choosing to take up a career in journalism, reporting for the Carlisle Evening News and Star, and even for the Observer. And, according to Chris Little, "he can still be found swearing at bad copytakers at about 5.30pm on most Saturday afternoons in the Brunton Park press box."

Next week's Knowledge will be the first of our World Cup specials, so get your World Cup questions in. Here's a few to get us started:
"Kevin-Prince Boateng has opted to play for his father's country of Ghana, whilst his brother Jerome, has opted to play for his own country of birth, Germany," writes Lee Richardson. "With both teams drawn together in the same group this World Cup, and both players looking likely to selected for their relevant squads, there is a good possibility of two brothers playing against each other in an international. Has this ever happened before?"