23rd August 2019, 12:12 | 1895_cup

Broadbent hoping to follow in father's footsteps

Broadbent hoping to follow in father's footsteps

Blake Broadbent will be hoping to follow in his dad's footsteps and become a Wembley winner tomorrow.

When Paul Broadbent captained Sheffield Eagles to success at Wembley against the odds in 1998, his pregnant wife proudly watched on.

Now, 21 years later, Paul will join his wife in the crowd as son Blake hopes to follow in his dad's footsteps.

"It was a brilliant day for everyone involved at the club in 1998," said Paul of the Eagles' remarkable 17-8 Challenge Cup Final win over the all-conquering Wigan Warriors.

"We were a fledgling club at the time and no one really gave us a chance of getting a result, but we just had a bunch of great guys who really worked hard for each other.

"My wife was actually pregnant with Blake last time Sheffield Eagles played at Wembley and fingers crossed he gets in the team on Saturday.

"It'll be a really proud moment, he’s worked really hard for this opportunity."

Blake, now 20, came through the Sheffield system and has spent the past two seasons trying to become a regular fixture in Mark Aston's team.

The forward has racked up 20 appearances in 2019 and will be proud to see Sheffield walk out at Wembley whatever the outcome on Saturday.

He said: "Whether or not I get the shirt it's going to be a massive occasion - obviously I hope I'm playing - but either way it's going to be a great day for the club. I think everyone from the fans, backroom staff and everyone involved at the Eagles deserves it."

On that historic day in 1998, he added: "It's always been something which gets discussed. Obviously it was a big moment in my dad's career and a big moment in Sheffield's history.

"It's really special and, growing up, the thought of playing at Wembley has always been in the back of my mind."

"The club have had some pretty tough times," Paul added.

"They've been on a bit of a rollercoaster from being a Super League club when we won it in 1998, to being part time and working their way up to winning Championship Grand Finals, then they've had a couple of rocky years.

"Getting that trip to Wembley and another day in the sun is a great reward for the people and the supporters who have lived and breathed the Eagles for the past 20 years."

"Saturday will be very special," added Blake, who spent time with Oulton Raiders as a junior.

"Walking out will be a special moment, I don't really know what I'll feel but I'm looking forward to it - it will be something I'll remember for the rest of my life."