BRODIE, John Alexander [1858-1934]

You should think of John Brodie every time you site down to watch Match of the Day as he was the inventor of a key feature of football. While standing as a spectator he had the simple but then revolutionary idea of putting nets on the goal frame thus making it much clearer if a goal had  been scored. He derived a considerable financial benefit from patenting this idea which, allied to his salary as Liverpool’s City Engineer, allowed him to live in some style.

John Brodie was appointed City Engineer for Liverpool in 1898. He was one of the first to suggest the installation of an electric tram system for Liverpool and the development of a ring road, Queens Drive, linking the city's outlying districts. Brodie also put forward the scheme for building the East Lancashire Road. International recognition came in 1912 when he was invited to help with the selection of the site and the planning of the new capital of India at Delhi.

Brodie Lived at 28 Ullet Road L17 and this house bears an English Heritage blue commemorative plaque. He moved to Aigburth Hall, a substantial mansion on Aigburth Road facing Liverpool Cricket club, living there until his death in 1934. He was cremated at Anfield Crematorium.

The wide suburban thoroughfare of Brodie Avenue is named after him, as is a pub on Allerton Road.

28 Ullet Rd L17

Brodie's home bearing a blue plaque.

Aigburth Hall, Aigburth Rd L19

Brodie's mansion on Aigburth Road, demolished shortly after his death in 1934. The external wall is still visible.


The Wikipedia entry is useful as is the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.