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Played for Both: Wolverhampton Wanderers

21 September 2016

Five players who have represented both The Bees and Wolves

Peter Broadbent: Brentford, 16 appearances, 2 goals; Wolverhampton Wanderers, 452 appearances, 127 goals

A 17-year-old when he joined The Bees in 1950 from non-league Dover Athletic, Broadbent’s stay in West London was a short one as after 16 appearances, and two goals, he became one of the most expensive 17-year-olds of the era when Wolves paid £10,000 for him in February 1951. At Wolves, Broadbent became a key part of the team that would go on to dominate English football for nearly a decade winning three League titles, an FA Cup, and an FA Charity Shield. The midfielder also earned seven caps for England, including one at the 1958 FIFA World Cup in Sweden against the USSR.

Ken Horne: Brentford 223 appearances, 1 goal; Wolverhampton Wanderers, 0 appearances, 0 goals

Ken failed to make an appearance as an amateur at Molineux during their Division One days and moved to Griffin Park in May 1950. Solid and dependable, Ken spent 11 years at Griffin Park, mainly playing at right full-back. His only professional goal arrived in a 3-3 draw against Luton Town in March 1952. Ken was awarded a testimonial against an International Managers XI in 1956 and was inducted into our Hall of Fame shortly before his death last September.

Gavin Mahon: Brentford 141 appearances, 8 goals; Wolverhampton Wanderers, 0 appearances, 0 goals

Like Ken Horne, Gavin Mahon failed to break through at Molineux before arriving in West London in November 1998. He quickly settled into life under Ron Noades and was a near ever-present as The Bees went on to win Division Three the following May. The dreadlocked midfielder continued to impress in red and white as Brentford consolidated in Division Two and reached the LDV Vans Final in 2001. Gavin didn’t miss a game during the 2001/02 season until, with his contract about to run out, he joined Watford in March.

George Saville: Brentford 44 appearances, 3 goals; Wolverhampton Wanderers, 34 appearances, 6 goals

George made the temporary switch from Chelsea in August 2013 and was a near ever-present as The Bees earned promotion from Sky Bet League One. He found the net three times, in the home wins over Colchester United, Crewe Alexandra, and Bradford City. At the end of the season, George joined Wolves but took 18 months to nail down a starting spot at Molineux. The left-footer scored five goals in the final 19 games of last season, and featured in Wolves first five league games this campaign, scoring on the opening day against Rotherham United.

Bill Slater: Brentford 7 appearances, 1 goal; Wolverhampton Wanderers, 310 appearances, 24 goals 

Bill began his career as an amateur at Blackpool before heading south to Griffin Park in 1951. After just seven games, first division Wolves came calling and he moved to Molineux in August 1952. Over the next decade, Bill made more than 30 league appearances in a season seven times, winning three league titles, an FA Cup and a Charity Shield. In total, Slater played 310 times in the league, scoring 24 goals, winning 12 caps for England, and was named the Football Writers Association’s Footballer of the Year in 1960.


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