Carlisle football legend Ivor Broadis has died.

The great former England international player passed away at home at about 7pm last night.

He was 96.

His family today paid tribute to Ivor, who played for and managed Carlisle United and also represented Newcastle, Sunderland, Manchester City and Queen of the South in an illustrious career.

His daughter Gill told the News & Star: "It was sudden but dad was very peaceful when he died, and I was with him.

"It is a very sad time but we will always be very proud of him.

"He had a good life, and we will never forget how happy and proud he was when he was given the freedom of Carlisle last year."

Ivor lived with Gill and his son-in-law Colin at Linstock near Carlisle.

No England international footballer lived longer than Ivor, who turned 96 in December.

An inside-forward described as "one of the great players of the English game" by Sir Alex Ferguson, he won 14 caps for his country, scored eight goals, and played in the 1954 World Cup.

From the Isle of Dogs in London, he served in the Royal Air Force during World War Two when he was posted to Crosby on Eden.

After the war he became the Football League's youngest ever manager - a record he still holds - when he was appointed player-manager of Carlisle United aged 23.

Regarded as one of the Blues' greatest players, he moved to Sunderland in 1949, while it was with Manchester City, from 1951-3, that he won his first England cap against Austria.

Broadis played for Newcastle from 1953-5 before returning for a second spell at Brunton Park, then ending his playing days across the border with Queen of the South.

A gifted writer, Broadis then enjoyed a long and respected spell as a football writer for newspapers in the north of England, including for Cumbrian Newspapers.

He was made an honorary Freeman of the city of Carlisle last October as city councillors paid tribute to his "eminent service and truly remarkable life".

He described it as "one of the greatest things that has happened to me".