From the army to Bristol Rovers: Tom Broadbent’s extraordinary journey

20 July 2017 12:00
The defender describes being shot at in Afghanistan, having his biceps squeezed by Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek at the FA Cup final and reveals why he is leaving the army to pursue his dreamTom Broadbent leans across the table at a coffee shop in Bristol, stretching out the huge, muscular frame that impressed a few Chelsea players a couple of months ago, and casually tells the story about the time he was shot at in Afghanistan while listening to the Red Hot Chili Peppers.It is quite a tale, even if Broadbent’s unassuming, laid-back demeanour suggests otherwise, and forms part of a fascinating and colourful story that includes handing over FA Cup medals in the royal box, working behind the hot food counter in Sainsbury’s and filing an entry for “Speedo fan of the year” via a photograph on social media. “Bloody hell, you have been digging around,” Broadbent says, breaking into laughter. Related: Bristol Rovers’ owner on a run-in with Abramovich and singing with the fans We came under fire a couple of times. Luckily I was in an armoured vehicle so I didn’t care too much. It’s a bit surreal Continue full article

Source: TheGuardian