The great Ivor Broadis was given a farewell salute from Brunton Park.

Fans, who packed-out the Warwick Road stadium today as Carlisle United took on Lincoln City, remembered the 96-year-old with a minute's applause.

Players gathered around the centre circle for the tribute and the crowd was reminded of his distinguished career, not least his 1954 World Cup appearances and his respected journalism career.

He was described as a "legend" and "true footballing gentleman."

Peter Drummond, 69, of Whitehaven, said: "He deserves a tribute. The guy is a legend. He must go down in history - at 23 years old to be a manager and player of the club is phenomenal. That will never be repeated anywhere."

Long-standing Carlisle United supporter Jackie Mansell, of Stanwix, felt it was a fitting tribute to a man who had given so much for the city and country.

"I remember Ivor from when I was a young lad," said the 82-year-old season ticket holder. "I remember when he was playing for England and it was a great honour."

Mr Mansell was involved with the table bowel team in Carlisle and once asked Broadis to present at an annual prize giving.

He added: "He was a nice fella. I always found him to be a gentleman to everyone and he was a great footballer."

Broadis, regarded as one of the Blues' greatest players, also served with the Royal Air Force during World War Two.

Read more: A tribute to Ivor Broadis: Carlisle's smart, skilled and distinguished football gem.