Chic Brodie...my Cousin (1 Viewer)

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they were both very good keepers. neither was that tall if my memory serves me correctly. philips maybe more of a brave shot-stopper and chic more elegant and correct --- or is that unfair?

as a boy i thought every player was the dog's whatsits and they were my idols every one!
 

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they were both very good keepers. neither was that tall if my memory serves me correctly. philips maybe more of a brave shot-stopper and chic more elegant and correct --- or is that unfair?

as a boy i thought every player was the dog's whatsits and they were my idols every one!

funny that. for me all of the 1979-82 players were and still are heroes... even paddy roche...

i just feel sorry for anyone who was a kid in the eddie may/clive walker or terry butcher seasons... although i guess they quickly gave up and probably got their parents to take them elsewhere.
 

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I got to know the Brodie family very well as a youngster as Chic's son was my best friend at school. I would say that Chic was the coolest man I knew whilst growing up, very handsome, tanned and a football hero of mine. Incidentally Mrs Brodie was the kindest mother you could imagine, as well as the most glamorous.

Chic did not appreciate it if people suggested that he was bitten by the dog. It was actually a bad injury caused by a collision with the dog when he bent to collect a horribly short backpass.

I'm so glad that Chic is fondly remembered by fans. He's my all time favourite bee.
 

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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.

I totally agree with this.,,,, Chic made very few "howlers" although I can remember that in the "infamous hand grenade game" he was beaten by Millwall's Hugh Curran from about 70 yards.Curran punted the ball from well inside his own half and right out by the touchline on the Braemar Road side.the ball went about 50 feet in the air and ended up in the net at the Royal Oak end.....Chic later said he completely lost the flight of the ball in the floodlights.......I think that was before the hand grenade was discovered ! ! ! very unusual mistake for him though..he was a great keeper.
 

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Saved a penalty in the first Bees game I attended to secure our win, so will remember him fondly. He and Gordon Phillips were 2 decent keepers, or seemed it to me as a kid - probably my main goal-keeping memory from those 2 was Phillips at Cardiff in the 4th round of the Cup when he kept saving us on a bog of a pitch, and the physio kept coming on to wipe mud out of his eyes (71?)
 
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Chic was a very orthodox safe unspectacular keeper who did everything well, Gordon was smaller and quicker and very quick to block at forwards' feet
 

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I got to know the Brodie family very well as a youngster as Chic's son was my best friend at school. I would say that Chic was the coolest man I knew whilst growing up, very handsome, tanned and a football hero of mine. Incidentally Mrs Brodie was the kindest mother you could imagine, as well as the most glamorous.

Chic did not appreciate it if people suggested that he was bitten by the dog. It was actually a bad injury caused by a collision with the dog when he bent to collect a horribly short backpass.

I'm so glad that Chic is fondly remembered by fans. He's my all time favourite bee.

His boy Gary was a better than decent outfield player as well, played against him on many occasions for BA vs Western Traders in the airport midweek league
 

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His boy Gary was a better than decent outfield player as well, played against him on many occasions for BA vs Western Traders in the airport midweek league

Yes he was. I presume the poster "Jamie Brodie" is Gary's son.
 

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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

40 years ago:eek::eek: a good read about Chic here..:sorted:
 

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Best Keeper ?

Chic is the best Iv'e seen and we've had some good uns between the sticks, especially remember the amount of shots he used to catch and hold, a lot of the times at full stretch, happy days:)
 

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I'm with you - an excellent keeper.
Chic is the best Iv'e seen and we've had some good uns between the sticks, especially remember the amount of shots he used to catch and hold, a lot of the times at full stretch, happy days:)
 
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Very calm, safe, solid and unspectacular, maybe a bit like McKellar in style.
 

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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.
Strange job for a dog :mad:.
 

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Chic is the best Iv'e seen and we've had some good uns between the sticks, especially remember the amount of shots he used to catch and hold, a lot of the times at full stretch, happy days:)
He really was a great goalkeeper for the Bees.I used to get annoyed when Gordon Phillips used to pinch his place in the team, but Chic would always comeback.His dropkick was very long it used to land very near the other team's penalty area.What a great goalkeeper.Those were the days!
 

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docherty scored at cardiff ?!?!?
great game and our 'keeper, yes gordon that day, played a blinder as did paul bence amongst others.

One of my never to be forgotten goals. Very muddy in front of goal, ball comes across, lands in the mud in the middle of the goal, sticks right where it lands 1 yard from the goalline, Johnny Docherty is standing there and as cool as you like, side foots it into the goal. Cue mayhem from the 2000 traveling Bees fans.
 
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Chic was a great keeper.
I have many great memories of him, but for some reason one persists.
Can't remember the exact circs, but circa 1967, Chic was facing a 25-30 yard fee-kick at the Ealing Road end.
In his traditional green jersey, he spat on his bare hands, rubbed them together, and when the shot came in, he dived to his left and punched the ball away for a corner.
Regulation save, some would say, but only if you are a highly talented keeper.
A master of his art in action.
God bless you, Chic.
 

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IIRC Chic made his debut for Bees 48 years ago today. It was the day after President Kennedy was shot. The whole Football League programme was in doubt that day but the game did go ahead, also IIRC, Chic kept a clean sheet and Bees won 2-0 .
 

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IIRC Chic made his debut for Bees 48 years ago today. It was the day after President Kennedy was shot. The whole Football League programme was in doubt that day but the game did go ahead, also IIRC, Chic kept a clean sheet and Bees won 2-0 .

v Peterborough in front of 15900 at Griffin Park. Dick with both goals
 

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Chic was a boyhood hero of mine. He was a fearless keeper and seemed invincible to me. Becoming a cabbie must have seemed a nice safe job to him, especially after the edgy life he lead as a fourth division keeper.
 

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Wondering about Chic, I thought about moving the thread on a bit and asking what is the best performance fans have ever seen by a Bees keeper ?
There must be quite a few memorable moments for us all
As previously posted, Chic was the best I ever saw and put in numerous top drawer performances for us but of course over 40 years ago and my memory is definately fading !
Im sure if I check out the results in the 60s, the trip down memory lane will be worth while though
One that does stand out for me more recently is Benno at the Cottage in 1991 where he repelled everything Fulham could throw at us !
What made it even better was that we nicked it 0-1 with a goal from Tel, very satisfying
 

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Wondering about Chic, I thought about moving the thread on a bit and asking what is the best performance fans have ever seen by a Bees keeper ?
There must be quite a few memorable moments for us all
As previously posted, Chic was the best I ever saw and put in numerous top drawer performances for us but of course over 40 years ago and my memory is definately fading !
Im sure if I check out the results in the 60s, the trip down memory lane will be worth while though
One that does stand out for me more recently is Benno at the Cottage in 1991 where he repelled everything Fulham could throw at us !
What made it even better was that we nicked it 0-1 with a goal from Tel, very satisfying

He may not have been the best keeper but Paul Priddy away to Watford when he saved two penalties and we won 1-0 mid 70's has to be among the best.
Chesney vs Leeds at home - there was just no way he was going to let a goal in that day, Beckford from point blank after a couple of minutes set the tone.

After consideration I'd give it to Richard Lee vs Everton, he was immense and add to that the penalty shoot out, struggling to think of better or rather more memorable performance.
 

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Knew some one would jog my memory !
Away end going barmy at Watford after the Priddy saves, great stuff, I'm sure there are more of these to come :)
 

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He may not have been the best keeper but Paul Priddy away to Watford when he saved two penalties and we won 1-0 mid 70's has to be among the best.

Wasn't it the case that we had nothing to play for but that win shafted Watford's last chance of promotion that season? I'm sure it set the tone for BFC/Watford clashes over the next few years.
 

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Wasn't it the case that we had nothing to play for but that win shafted Watford's last chance of promotion that season? I'm sure it set the tone for BFC/Watford clashes over the next few years.

Yep, we were late and ended up in the Watford end with
my Dad cheering us on in the middle of bemused, annoyed
Hornets who spent most of the game arguing and swearing at him! Scary at the time for two young kids in Brentford scarfs but looking back very funny now.
 
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Chic in an away match at the Den in the 60's - a 3-1 win for us iirc.
 

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Wasn't it the case that we had nothing to play for but that win shafted Watford's last chance of promotion that season? I'm sure it set the tone for BFC/Watford clashes over the next few years.
If I remember rightly, I think it might have been Watford's last home game of the season and that we were the only team to beat them at Vicarage Road that season? 1976/77 I think?
 

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvwA7BK4-6A

This is a fan made video to a Half Man Half Biscuit Song 'Even Men With Steel Hearts....(love to see a dog on the pitch)'

The footage at 1.10 and repeated again at the end, is that the famous incident?

:yes: Suicidal back pass though. If that was Peter Gelson doing that then he's gone down in my estimation. Row Z Big fella, Row Z!!!
 

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Yes that was Chic, a real Brentford legend and I am afraid that I get very upset if anyone thinks what happened him that day is even faintly humorous. I offered to show that video once to Gordon and he just couldnt watch it such was the love,respect and friendship thay had for each other. Those players from those days meant something. Only Kev today could be compared and of course Lee if he hangs around for a few more years. Of course we might get yet another loanee in. Maybe its my age but there was a time when you knew that the lads wearing our colours cared even if they limited in ability.it meant something. I hope Sam Saunders can emulate this in time and I was hoping Wood and KO the same...but its all loans and more loans and different teams each week.they are not fit to lick Jackie Grahams or Dick Renwicks boots
 

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Could always tell if Chic was playing, his cab would be outside the ground before the match.
Great keeper, as solid as any in my time (1967) although Chesney is the most talented I've seen.
Always pleasant when snotty kids (well me) spoke to him after the game.
Chic's son is also now a cabbie, he picked my mum up recently and while they were chatting mentioned his dad and who he played for etc.
 

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Pretty sure that's wrong. I dont remember him throwing it into the net. The whole of the Royal Oak would have hit the deck! I'm pretty sure a steward or policeman put it into a bucket of sand which on reflection would have created even more shrapnel if it had gone off!
I was told it was a steward or groundsman who came on with the sand bucket and calmly took it away. Health and safety gone mad!
 

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As I recall it was a Policeman armed with a bucket of sand as Ruislip Bee said. I also remember a punch up at the Ealing Rd end pre match when a Millwall fan got on the pitch and “squared up” because a stray ball had been kicked into their crowd !
 
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@eric42 sent this email to the GPG earlier today

Hiya

My cousin Chic Brodie (former Brentford FC keeper) would have been very happy to see the new stadium.
He loved the club.
I remember Charles coming over to my Grandpa's house in Renfrew, Scotland about 1952 or thereabouts to tell us that Man City had signed him.
Charles was a Scottish schoolboy Under 15s international too.
Charles or Chic as he was called had a hard childhood as his mother died when he was about 11 years of age.
I mention this because you would never have known this given what I saw as a happy family man
About 15 years ago I joined the Bees online site and posted an item on Chic.
There was frankly a super nice response from Brentford fans.
One extremely decent fan even sent me Brentford FC football programmes from his own collection.
I thought that was an exceptional kind gesture.

Yours Sincerly
Eric

PS. If by chance you wanted to put my letter on your club site,I will be pleased..........Pleased because my big cousin might be still remembered by Brentford fans.
 

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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

My Uncle was good friends with Chic , I went with him to watch Chic play for Heston Celtic a couple of times , I remember I couldn’t believe how far he use to kick a goal kick , Use to do this little shuffle before kicking it .

Must have been around 1980 ish .
 

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Was one of my childhood heros and in the top five Bees keepers i've seen .
Yep me too. Worked as a taxi driver mid week I believe. Him and Gordon Philipps were two really good keepers vying with each other like Shilton and Clemence for England. They used to alternate by match at one stage iirc. Gordon was on the bench as our one and only sub one game.
 

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Yep me too. Worked as a taxi driver mid week I believe. Him and Gordon Philipps were two really good keepers vying with each other like Shilton and Clemence for England. They used to alternate by match at one stage iirc. Gordon was on the bench as our one and only sub one game.
Two great keepers in the days when the squad was about 15 (plus Bradley Walsh!)
 

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Two great keepers in the days when the squad was about 15 (plus Bradley Walsh!)
Yes, I can remember going to matches in the 60s and looking to see who was goalie for the match. I seem to recall they changed about quite often. Gordon Phillips went to the same school as my brother so there was a bit of loyalty towards him, but they were both good keepers so it didn’t matter that much. Didn’t Chic Brodie put a garden fork through his foot once whilst gardening, so couldn’t play? I believe that Gordon Phillips got knee infections from the fertilisers put down on the pitch sometimes so couldn’t play. Thems were the days!
 

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I new Chick very well, I played golf with him at Wyke Green.
He was introduce to the club by his taxi driving mates
Good company on any away days. Took it seriously and
was always competitive. Top Man.
 

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A really nice thread. And also by sheer co-incidence Bees goalkeepers Gerry Cakebread, Ted Gaskell and Chic Brodie all lived in Heston!
 

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In those days most players lived locally so it wasn't unusual to see them out and about which added to the sense of identity. I'm always glad when this thread gets bumped. Always nice to remember Chic Brodie, bless him.
 

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Yep me too. Worked as a taxi driver mid week I believe. Him and Gordon Philipps were two really good keepers vying with each other like Shilton and Clemence for England. They used to alternate by match at one stage iirc. Gordon was on the bench as our one and only sub one game.
Remember a story from the late 60s of Chic driving his taxi in Central London. Close to Westminster Bridge he was involved in a collision with a Jaguar. The guy driving the Jag was Geoff Hurst.
Also remember Gordon Phillips being loaned to the Shepherds Bush lot for one game in the 1960s. It was an FA Cup day. Neither Shepherds Bush or the Bees had a game. Shepherds Bush arranged a friendly with, of all teams, Arbroath. However they were short of a keeper and signed Gordon for the day. They won 5 - 0 and Phillips had very little to do.
 
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Remember a story from the late 60s of Chic driving his taxi in Central London. Close to Westminster Bridge he was involved in a collision with a Jaguar. The guy driving the Jag was Geoff Hurst.
Also remember Gordon Phillips being loaned to the Shepherds Bush lot for one game in the 1960s. It was an FA Cup day. Neither Shepherds Bush or the Bees had a game. Shepherds Bush arranged a friendly with, of all teams, Arbroath. However they were short of a keeper and signed Gordon for the day. They won 5 - 0 and Phillips had very little to do.
I might be wrong but for some reason my memory says that the score was 6-3.

apologies if I’m wrong!
 

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