Nicky Broaders in his playing days, was a quick and decisive half-forward playing for his club – St. Martin’s.
When he was on song, he was a massive threat to the opposite rearguard. He could move with tremendous speed, had brilliant ball control and was deadly accurate in his shooting. He always used his foresight to his advantage frequently gaining crucial optimistic possession.
Nicky was a great strategist and exploited his speed and body swerving to perfection. Over the years, he outclassed and mastered many of his markers, who found it hard to keep up with his amazing speed. He was prepared to fight for every ball and his actions were intense and sustained for every minute of every game.
He was born in 1947 and was educated at Wexford C.B.S..
His boyhood hero was the former great – Ned Wheeler – of Wexford fame.
He started playing Senior with – St. Martin’s – in 1965 and continued to play with them until 1978.
One of the greatest games of hurling he has seen was between – Kilkenny vs Waterford – in a drawn All Ireland Senior Hurling Final.
Two of the best dual players he has seen in Wexford were – Phil Wilson (Ballyhogue) and Vinny Staples (St. Martin’s).
The best club team he has seen in Wexford in hurling was the – Rathnure team – in the 70’s, winning 4 Co. titles in a row and for most of the 80’s too.
In football, he selects the Castletown and Ballyhogue teams.
The four St. Martin’s hurlers that were very impressive over the years in Nicky’s opinion were – Seamus Whelan, Liam Butler, Vinny Staples, and George O’Connor.
The four greatest hurlers he has seen were – Eddie Keher (Kilkenny), Mick Roche (Tipperary) R.I.P., Jimmy Doyle R.I.P. and Henry Sheflin (Kilkenny). But Henry Shefflin was the greatest of them all.
The greatest footballers he has seen over the years were – Mick O’Connell (Kerry), Jack O’Shea (Kerry), Peter Canavan (Tyrone), Colm Cooper (Cork), Matt Connor (Offaly) and Mattie Forde. The greatest of these in Nicky opinion was – Mick O’Connell (Kerry).
The two best goalie’s he has seen in hurling were – Ollie Walsh (Kilkenny) R.I.P. and Damien Fitzhenry.
The two best full-backs he has seen were – Brian Lohan (Clare) and Noel Hickey (Kilkenny).
The two best midfielders he has seen were – Frank Cummins (Kilkenny) and Phil Wilson (Ballyhogue).
The two best full forwards he has seen were – Tony Doran and Christy Heffernan (Kilkenny).
In the last 40 years in Wexford, the players that were very impressive for club and county were – Tony Doran, Mick Jacob Snr., Ned Buggy, Martin Quigley, Willy Murphy, and Martin Storey.
Difficult opponents he came up against in hurling over the years were – Lar Rigley (Shamrocks) R.I.P., Liam Bennett (Faythe Harriers) R.I.P., Colm Doran (Buffers Alley) and Paddy Kehoe (Oulart-The Ballagh) R.I.P..
Nicky played Juvenile, Minor and U’21 hurling with – St. Martin’s. Nicky was also a top-class footballer, playing Juvenile, Minor, Junior, and U’21.
Present-day hurlers that are very impressive in Nicky’s opinion were – Austin Gleeson (Waterford), Joe Canning (Galway), Seamus Callanan (Tipperary) and Richie Hogan (Kilkenny).
One of Nicky’s finest games playing for – St. Martin’s – was vs Buffers Alley in the Co. Senior Hurling Semi-Final in a drawn game played in Bellefield.