Broome, Frank

Birth Date

11th June 1915

Birthplace

Berkhamstead

Occupation

Manager

Biographical Text

Less than 48 hours after parting company with Bill Thompson, the ambitions Mr A. S. Line arranged to meet the former England International Frank Broome at The Dell, where Southampton were playing against Exeter City. Eventually, City ended up losing 6-0.

Chairman Line was a persuasive man, however, and within a few minutes of the referee’s final whistle, Frank Broome was manager-coach of Exeter City. With the club three places off rock bottom and the Third Divisions North and South due to be split into Third and Fourth Divisions, Broome had no time to achieve anything before the drop.

However, with the aid of only three new first-team players in 1958-59, Broome turned a bottom of the Third Division South side into one that finished fifth in the Fourth Division, missing promotion by two points. The following seasons they finished ninth and then Broome dropped a bombshell by taking a better-paid job at Southend United.

It was a move that he subsequently regretted. In May 1967, Exeter city cabled him in Australia, where he had been for nearly six years. It wasn’t long before his happy memories of St James’ park persuaded him to return. In February 1967, with the side one place off the bottom of the League, he was sacked.

All in all, Broome remained one of the most famous footballers ever associated with Exeter City. He had previously played in seven England internationals, appearing in four of the five forward positions together with all-time greats as Stanley Matthews, Ted Drake, Cliff Bastin and Tommy Lawton. In addition, he had made 133 League appearances for Aston Villa (1934-46), being leading goal-scorer in three seasons.

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