|Full name||Thomas William Broadbent|
|Date of birth||15 February 1992|
|Place of birth||Basingstoke, England|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Bognor Regis Town|
|2016–2017||Hayes & Yeading United||26||(2)|
|*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 15:31, 17 May 2022 (UTC)|
Thomas William Broadbent (born 15 February 1992) is an English professional footballer who plays as a central defender for South Shields.
Born in Basingstoke,Broadbent spent time with the youth academies of Southampton, Portsmouth and Bournemouth. He then began playing first-team football for Bognor Regis Town at the age of 16, before moving to Chichester City. He also spent time with Pagham and Selsey.
After working in a supermarket and as a carpenter and labourer, Broadbent joined the Army at the age of 19.Broadbent spent 6 years in the Army, serving as a Lance Bombardier with the Royal Artillery in Afghanistan. He represented the Army at football, and in 2015 he began playing semi-professional non-league football, appearing for Farnborough, Petersfield Town and Hayes & Yeading United. He captained Hayes & Yeading for the 2016–17 season.
After leaving the Army to start a career in professional football,Broadbent signed for Bristol Rovers in July 2017. He made his professional debut on the opening day of the 2017–18 season, playing the entirety of a 1–0 away defeat at Charlton Athletic.
Broadbent scored his first professional goal on 8 January 2019 in a 2–1 EFL Trophy victory over Northampton Town, opening the scoring on the stroke of half-time, in the match which proved to be his final game for the club.
He moved to Swindon Town in January 2019.He made his debut on 26 January in a 1–0 home defeat to Crawley Town.
He scored his first goal for Swindon on 10 November 2020 in an EFL Trophy group game against Forest Green Rovers.Broadbent featured nine times in the league across the 2019–20 season when despite the league's early curtailment due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Swindon were awarded the League Two title on a points-per-game basis.
Broadbent's first league goal for the club came on 28 November 2020, when he scored an 85th minute equaliser as Swindon produced an impressive comeback to defeat rivals Oxford United, Tyler Smith going on to score a late winner.The 2020–21 season ultimately ended in disappointment for Swindon as immediate relegation back to League Two was confirmed with two matches remaining with a 5–0 defeat at Milton Keynes Dons, Broadbent being brought on as a substitute in the first half. On 14 May 2021 it was announced that he would leave Swindon at the end of the season, following the expiry of his contract.
In July 2021, Broadbent joined National League side Eastleigh following his release from Swindon.Broadbent had to wait until 9 October to make his debut, playing the full ninety minutes as Eastleigh got a late winner at Wealdstone. Broadbent joked after the match that he was so tired after his return from injury that he was unable to celebrate the last minute winner. Broadbent was released at the end of the 2021–22 season.
On 29 June 2022, Broadbent joined Northern Premier League Premier Division club South Shields, a deal described by Broadbent's new manager Kevin Phillips as a "massive coup".On 10 April 2023, Broadbent headed home the game's only goal as South Shields defeated Whitby Town to secure the Northern Premier League title.
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||EFL Cup||Other||Total|
|Hayes & Yeading United||2016–17||Southern League Premier Division||26||2||0||0||—||6||0||32||2|
|Bristol Rovers||2017–18||League One||22||0||1||0||1||0||1||0||25||0|
|Swindon Town||2018–19||League Two||12||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||12||0|
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