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I have just joined up and I,m finding difficalty where to write on the site. My main and only reason frankly for joining is because my cousin CHIC BRODIE seems to have such a lot of love STILL at Griffin park I would LOVE to TELL what I remember about CHARLES (CHIC) and hopefully hear some nice stories. Charles was your keeper in the 70,s which I,m sure you will know. Please write back if possible
 

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Glad to have you - please feel encouraged to join in the discussion as much as you would like.

Before my time, but your cousin was certainly a legend. :yes:
 
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Thanks for the word LEGEND Boston Bee I have tears in my eyes just reading that one word in your e,mail
 
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Can you contact any of your friends or relatives who knew CHIC.........Boston Bee I would be grateful if you could ...thank you
 

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As I said, I'm really the wrong one to ask. But others on here surely have memories. Keep asking (it bumps it to the top of the threads) and you'll get some memories.

To tell the absolute truth, there is that one 'incident' that I know Mr. Brodie best by. Others will have to fill in the details.
 
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I have only joined today to ask if any BEES fans or mangement has any nice memories of my cosinCharles (CHIC).I have already been told he was a legend at griffin park by one fan.CHIC was your keeper in the 70.s and I get the impression there is a love STILL for him now among some fans.Would very much appreciate any reflections or tales about my cousin.Many thanks Eric42
 

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Funny, he featured on a video I saw recently about own goals and gaffs with the unfunny Rory McGrath. Millwall fans chucked a grenade at him in 1965 but his career was ended when a dog bit him on the balls in 1970 against Col U. Apparently. Also - apparently - he's a cabbie now.
 

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I remember him getting bitten by a dog at Griffin park.
I think it was against Colchester but I am probably wrong .
Good keeper .
I think he used to share the no 1 shirt with Gordon Phillips who was a good keeper as well
 
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CHIC died 3 years ago...but every fan of that era seems to have love for him.I remember him coming up to my grandpas in Scotland and telling us ...an English club wanted him...Man. City
 

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Remember Chic very well as a good reliable keeper. Played 199 games for us from 1964 until that bloody dog ended his Brentford career in November 1970.

He was playing in November 1965 when Millwall fans threw a (fortunately dummy) grenade into his goalmouth.

Think I'm right in saying that in three successive matches he played for three clubs in three divisions (Aldershot, Wolves and Northampton). He played for Northampton when they went from the third to the first divisions and possibly back down agian before he joined us.
 

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Chic Brodie

Yes I can remember Chic Brodie he was a class keeper, I think he made his debut in September 63 against the Posh, the players wearing black armbands because president Kennedy was assassinated We won2-0 if I'm wrong will fellow fans please tell me. I was actually at the match,vColchester away when the dog bit him not sure it was in his Max Walls though.
I can also remember that his Son was murdered, I think the man must have had some sorrow in his latter years.
My memories of Chic is a very good reliable keeper, that was very loyal to Brentford football club. He shared the keeping duties with another good bees keeper in Gordon Phillips.
 

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Eric

Happy to post about one of my chilhood heroes.

Chic was a fantastic ambassador for the club and ALWAYS made time for the fans (especially the kids) to whom he would talk before, after, and often during the match.

If you search (using the button on the top right) for "Chic Brodie" you will find numerous threads with complementary comments about Chic, sadly taken from us far too early.

I can think of three incidents.

The dummy hand grenade thrown into his penalty area by Millwall fans with Chic doing a great Linford Christie impersonation (I think he was in the tunnel by the time it bounced, well wouldn't you be?).

The collapsing crossbar which poleaxed him.

The dog on the pitch collision incident .

All in all a bloody nice bloke now reunited with his son. Hope he looks down sometimes and has a laugh.
 

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just one other thing to add.

I can remember chic brodie turning up and watching us play football in our local rec and then joining in first as a ref then taking his place between the jumpers for a penalty shoot out for all us kids playing about 15 a side. stayed with us all afternoon and signed autographs the lot

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rest in peace Chic you are always going to be a legend in My eyes
 
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ToYORK BEE seem to get people like you coming up a lot who liked Charles...Sounds exactly like him what you told us. Many Thanks York
 

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I will never forget Chic, he was a huge part of my Brentford life in the 60's. Spoke to him several times and he always dealt with you very respectfully. Had a few brews so forgive my grammar! As a life long supporter and a regular in the 60's and 70's Chic epitomised the Bees!
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Chic and the Grenade

I was there with York Bee at the Rec when Chic came along. He was our absolute hero and one of the reasons why we have kept supporting our club through the years.

My Dad was a Policeman on duty for the Millwall match when the grenade was thrown from the terraces. First Metropolitan Police Officer to wear Brown Serge trousers! (I'll ask him for more details and post here later)

However, poor Chic. A hand grenade as well as Hugh Curran and Pat terry to contend with!

Chic, you were one of the greatest and will NEVER be forgotten by true Bees!
 

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A funny story involving Chic and his taxi occurred near Westminster Bridge. He was in collision with a Jaguar - and the driver of the Jag - Geoff Hurst - the year after the World Cup.

Also, the dog didn't bite him - its head collided with his knee and caused ligament damage. The game was on TV. He went on to play for Margate and was on the wrong end of a 13-2 Cup defeat by Bournemouth. I believe Ted MacDougall scored 8 or 9.

Finally, there's the game against Oxford Utd in 1966. Oxford score in the 10th minute. Chic in trying to stop the goal is injured and carried off. No sub goalies in those days. Mel Scott takes over and the Bees go on to win 5 - 1 !!
 

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Thanks for mentioning the 1966 Oxford game, Mr. Milton Keynes, but my memory is that Chic was all alone in front of the goal when the ball hit a rut or something and bounced over his right shoulder and into the net. A terrible embarrasment but those five Bees goals erased all that.
So sorry to hear that he died at such an early age.
 

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I remember the Oxford game MK Bee. The Oxford striker was through and as Chic dived at his feet the ball rolled into the net and Chic got a boot in the eye for his trouble. I was a distraught seven year old as my favourite keeper was carried off and Oxford were now one up. But what a second half as the ten man Bees demolished Oxford with five goals.

In my humble opinion Chic has never been equalled at the Bees, and the Colchester dog incident made me hate Brian Moore forever, when he made a big joke out of it. I vaguely remember the cross bar collapsing, however, the Millwall hand grenade incident I'll never forget, or for that matter the copper (they had to search for one in those days) who strolled out and calmly picked it up.
 

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Eric, Let me add my memories to the time Chic Brodie played in goal for us. Very much a childhood hero of mine and comparable today in skill as is our current keeper Paul Smith.

Great fan favourite, good consistent player and all round great ambassador for the club and the game.

I was at what turned out to be his last game. A dog ran on the pitch (which was not that uncommon then), and several players and groundskeepers tried to round him up, to the ever increasing delight of the crowd as they were very unsuccessful - this dog was quick.

We all continued laughing when the dog collided with Chic in what appeared to be a very harmless "bump".

We couldn't believe he had to go off, and were later amazed to find out it finished his carreer.

True Legend at Griffin Park Eric and a cousin you have every reason to be proud off.

:wave:
 

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Great thread Eric I am to young to remember him but having heard tales of this Legend on this site makes me a very proud Bee.

Thank you
 

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He was a star, an excellent goalie playing behind the likes of Hawley, Scott and Gelson, always apparently calm and never flash, from what I remember. My dad and I watched him when I was a teenager. He was always a player my dad mentioned when reminiscing about the old days. So sorry to hear he's no longer with us.

PS: Programme I just dug out has a cover picture with the caption:
Chic punches away from our former centre forward Billy McAdams in our 6-1 whipping of QPR :) [although we lost the game the programme covers by 1-0 to York City :-( ]
Eric - if you 'd like this programme send me an email wth your address
 

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Chic my all time favorite goalkeeper was rather unfortunate in that he was a regular member of the Northamton team that reached the First Division. Unfortunately he broke his leg and could not get back in the team when he recovered. Northampton had signed a Goalkeeper called Harvey I beleive). That was when we signed him.

I have always thought that had he been a bit taller he would have gone a lot further than he did as he was a top rate keeper .

He was also the innocent catalyst of one of the most violent incidents I ever saw at a football match. But that is another story.
 

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He was our keeper when I first came to Brentford although being pressed by the young Gordon Phillips. He was a very nice man who always had time for autograph hunters like myself and he enjoyed the banter from the terraces. I remember him as a man who always had a smile on his face and those of us from that era will always hold him in great affection.
 

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chic my poppa

hi there, been reading your messages about chic brodie with great interest as he was my granddad.so i guess that makes the chap who started this thread a relative! id like to know how you were related to him,is it through his auntie sadie? and to all those who left nice comments about him,thank you very much. its great to see how fondly he is remembered, i miss him dearly. i know he loved his time at the Bees and never moved out of the area after he retired from football. beesbeesbees!
 

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All i can do is echo the sentiments already posted here ..Chic was one of the nicest guys to turn out for the Bees in my lifetime and remember the crossbar incident....at Lincoln City...game delayed for ages and we lost...0-2 I think.
Also used to see Chic in his taxi days as he lived near me in Heston ...Palmer Close I think just behind the Master Robert Pub....his wife was always ready with a friendly word as well but I am afraid her name escapes me at the moment....and before anyone comments yes I know she was Mrs Brodie !!!
 

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thanks aberdeen flyer.his wife (my nan) is called pamela(pam). whats your name ill tell her you said hi and see if she remembers you!
 

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Pam of course.....!!! Jamie...not sure that she would remember me by name as there were a few of us who went everywhere with the Bees...Workington on a cold Wednesday night comes to mind !! And I have to say a lot of years have passed by ...would just like to say football could do with the likes of Chic and Pam now......nice people and characters as well...Chic always had a story to tell !! You are obviously very proud to have him as yr "poppa"....
 

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I too was at Lincoln with Aberdeen Flyer we did loose 2-0,it was baking hot and as the flyer stated the match was suspended for ages whist Lincoln got another set of goal posts from behind their main stand.
Chic stood in the goal and held his hands aloft to show to the referee that the goal was actually much bigger than the one at the other end.He was sheer CLASS.
 

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Great keeper who played below his level. I first saw Chick in a match at White City while playing for Northampton vs QPR. I had an uncle who supported QPR and he insisted on taking me to watch them now and then[ grrr]. I used to pray they'd lose! Northampton won 1-0 [ heh heh ]. But the big incident was when a QPR fan got on the pitch and made a beeline for Chick who decked him in one. It was in the papers and I remember cutting a picture out [ I had a silly habit of collecting football pictures from the newspapers-what else was there to do as a young lad in the early 60s?]. When he signed for the Bees I got him to autograph it and he was very amused. A few other players [ I remember Ian Lawther was one] also had a laugh at it.
 

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Great keeper who played below his level. I first saw Chick in a match at White City while playing for Northampton vs QPR. I had an uncle who supported QPR and he insisted on taking me to watch them now and then[ grrr]. I used to pray they'd lose! Northampton won 1-0 [ heh heh ]. But the big incident was when a QPR fan got on the pitch and made a beeline for Chick who decked him in one. It was in the papers and I remember cutting a picture out [ I had a silly habit of collecting football pictures from the newspapers-what else was there to do as a young lad in the early 60s?]. When he signed for the Bees I got him to autograph it and he was very amused. A few other players [ I remember Ian Lawther was one] also had a laugh at it.

But just read that story Chic is an even bigger hero than I thought.
 

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Some good Chic Brodie stuff, in the lead story of this article..

http://soccernet.espn.go.com/columns/story/_/id/891800/first-xi:-insult-to-injury?cc=3888

Brodie endured a particularly unfortunate career with Brentford.

In 1964, following a game at Carlisle, he was struck on the knee by a stone from the crowd and had to be carried from the field. In 1965, he discovered a hand grenade in his goalmouth in a game against Millwall, although it turned out to be a replica. In the dying moments of a match against Lincoln in 1970, he injured his back when he held onto the crossbar as he tipped a cross behind for a corner. It collapsed onto him, prompting a 45-minute delay as officials attempted to repair the damage.

Having overcome so much misfortune, it was an incident with a white terrier that proved his undoing: in a 4-0 defeat to Colchester, Brodie shattered his kneecap when he collided with the animal, and it brought an end to his professional career. "The dog might have been a small one, but it just happened to be a solid one," he said.

He resumed playing on a part-time basis with Margate while earning a living on the side as a taxi driver. In 1971, during his time with Margate, he claimed more unwanted headlines as his team went down to an 11-0 FA Cup defeat to Bournemouth, helping nine-goal Ted MacDougall on his way by twice dropping the ball
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Some good Chic Brodie stuff, in the lead story of this article..

http://soccernet.espn.go.com/columns/story/_/id/891800/first-xi:-insult-to-injury?cc=3888

Brodie endured a particularly unfortunate career with Brentford.

In 1964, following a game at Carlisle, he was struck on the knee by a stone from the crowd and had to be carried from the field. In 1965, he discovered a hand grenade in his goalmouth in a game against Millwall, although it turned out to be a replica. In the dying moments of a match against Lincoln in 1970, he injured his back when he held onto the crossbar as he tipped a cross behind for a corner. It collapsed onto him, prompting a 45-minute delay as officials attempted to repair the damage.

Having overcome so much misfortune, it was an incident with a white terrier that proved his undoing: in a 4-0 defeat to Colchester, Brodie shattered his kneecap when he collided with the animal, and it brought an end to his professional career. "The dog might have been a small one, but it just happened to be a solid one," he said.

He resumed playing on a part-time basis with Margate while earning a living on the side as a taxi driver. In 1971, during his time with Margate, he claimed more unwanted headlines as his team went down to an 11-0 FA Cup defeat to Bournemouth, helping nine-goal Ted MacDougall on his way by twice dropping the ball
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I saw Chic's debut for Bees on 23rd November 1963 ( the day after president Kennedy was shot)
I was also at GP for the "hand grenade" game in 1965. I made reference to that in "silk scarves and chomp bars "

Chic lived in Heston and unfortunately his son was murdered at Lampton Corner( it was 1980 I think,he was stabbed by his girlfriend )
 

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I saw Chic's debut for Bees on 23rd November 1963 ( the day after president Kennedy was shot)
I was also at GP for the "hand grenade" game in 1965. I made reference to that in "silk scarves and chomp bars "

Chic lived in Heston and unfortunately his son was murdered at Lampton Corner( it was 1980 I think,he was stabbed by his girlfriend )

Yes i was at that game, the players wore black armbands, do you remember if there was a minutes silence. Did George thompson make his debut at the same game?
 

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There was something about Chic, he seemed very loyal to this football club. He was a man that i felt so much for after having his son murdered. But most of all he was a terrific keeper, and a real pro. I also remember him having to play on the wing as a passanger pre substitute days, after he collided with John O'rourke Ithink his name was v Luton. we were one up, but lost 6-2 and the afore mentioned scored 4 . I always thought he was a dirty sh*t.
 

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In my early days supporting Bees we would walk to Whitton station from Hanworth along the Chertsey Road and who would spot us in our Brentford colours? yes it was Chic Brodie on his way to Griffin Park in his taxi,he gave us a lift a few times and we did not get charged the taxi fee ,he was a great bloke loved by all the fans ,great loss to us all.
 

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Yes i was at that game, the players wore black armbands, do you remember if there was a minutes silence. Did George thompson make his debut at the same game?

As I recall there was a minutes silence.in fact it was touch and go whether there would be any football played anywhere as a mark of respect.I think you are correct insaying that George Thomson also made his Brentford debut that day too.I think the Bees won 2-0
 

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There was something about Chic, he seemed very loyal to this football club. He was a man that i felt so much for after having his son murdered. But most of all he was a terrific keeper, and a real pro. I also remember him having to play on the wing as a passanger pre substitute days, after he collided with John O'rourke Ithink his name was v Luton. we were one up, but lost 6-2 and the afore mentioned scored 4 . I always thought he was a dirty sh*t.

Pete, If that was 1964, that was my first game. I can't remember you being there though:D
 

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I just want to add that Chic was, indeed, a very popular guy with fans and colleagues, and his name brings back many happy memories of his fine goalkeeping performances for the Bees

He was particularly expert at taking crosses. I recall the late George Sands of the Middx Chronicle saying something on the lines of Chic being absolutely peerless in that respect.
 

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He was our keeper when I first came to Brentford although being pressed by the young Gordon Phillips. He was a very nice man who always had time for autograph hunters like myself and he enjoyed the banter from the terraces. I remember him as a man who always had a smile on his face and those of us from that era will always hold him in great affection.

me too. i wonder what age his was then?
 

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A fine goalkeeper - would be my personal choice for that position in a team from the last 50 years. The first, and one of the few gks at BFC, who would come for crosses and pluck them out of the air with consummate ease. I understand from Gordon Phillips' comments that he was also a really good clubmate although they were vying for the same spot. We paid a pretty small fee for Chis & it was one of our best ever signings.
 

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