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Charles Thomas George "Chic" Brodie (22 February 1937 – 24 April 2000) was a Scottish association football player. A goalkeeper, he made 400 appearances in The Football League, but his professional career came to an end in 1970 when he was seriously injured after colliding with a dog which had run onto the field of play.

Career

Born in Duntocher, Brodie began his career with Junior club Partick Avondale before signing for Manchester City of the Football League First Division in 1953. He spent four years with the club but failed to break into the first team and in 1957 left to join Gillingham of the Third Division South. He spent just one season with the Kent-based club, during which he played 18 times, before moving on to join Aldershot. At the time he was doing his National service and was stationed in the town. He remained with the "Shots" until 1961 when he joined Wolverhampton Wanderers.[1]

He played just one match for the "Wolves" before moving on to Northampton Town later in 1961. He played regularly for the club for two seasons before moving on once again to join Brentford. He remained with the club for ten years and made over 200 appearances for the "Bees". In November 1970, however, a dog ran onto the field of play during a match away to Colchester United and collided with Brodie, breaking his kneecap, an injury which ended his professional career.[2][3] Afterwards Brodie summed up the incident by saying that "the dog may have been small.....but it just happened to be solid".[4]

In 1971 Brodie resumed playing, albeit at a semi-professional level, with non-league club Margate. He remained with the club for three years, and was in goal when the team lost 11–0 to Bournemouth in an FA Cup match in November 1971. He later played for Wealdstone and Maidstone United before retiring and becoming a taxi driver. He died in 2000 at the age of 63.[5]

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