Death of the man who invented the goal net

November 16, 1934
Mr. John Alexander Brodie, formerly joint engineer of the £8,000,000 Mersey Tunnel, and a man who completely altered the face of Liverpool during his 27 years as city engineer, died to-day at his home, Aigburth Hall. Aigburth, aged 76.

One of Mr. Brodie’s claim was that he invented the goal net used in Association football. Among his important works in Liverpool were: A share in the building of the Mersey Tunnel, and the creating of Queen’s drive – a roadway round the city and one of the finest boulevards in the world.

When motor-cars were a novelty he persuaded the then Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Mr. John Houlding, to travel through the streets in an open car, wearing his chain of office – a sight that caused a sensation.
(Daily Mail: November 17, 1934)

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