Jimmy Mullen (footballer, born 1923)

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Jimmy Mullen
Personal information
Full name James Mullen
Date of birth (1923-01-06)6 January 1923
Place of birth Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Date of death 23 October 1987(1987-10-23) (aged 64)
Place of death Wolverhampton, England
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Newcastle Boys
Northumberland Boys
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1937–1960 Wolverhampton Wanderers 445 (98)
National team
1942–1954 England 12 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

James "Jimmy" Mullen (6 January 1923 – 23 October 1987) was an English international footballer, who played as a left winger.

Mullen spent his whole career at Wolverhampton Wanderers where he won three league championships and the FA Cup. He also represented the English national team at both the 1950 and 1954 World Cup.

Career[edit]

Mullen joined the Midlanders in June 1937, turned professional on his 17th birthday, and remained with the club until his retirement in May 1960. His league debut came in February 1939, in a 4–1 win over Leeds United. He made 634 appearances in total, scoring 139 goals, helping the club win their only three league titles (1953–54, 1957–58, 1958–59) and a FA Cup in 1949.

He also played for England, earning 12 caps (3 wartime). He made his international debut on 24 October 1942 in 1–2 friendly defeat to Wales at his home ground Molineux and became England's first ever substitute in an international on 18 May 1950, scoring against Belgium in the Heysel Stadium in a 4–1 win. He also played in the 1950 FIFA World Cup and the 1954 FIFA World Cup. He scored 6 goals, including in the 1954 World Cup against Switzerland.

During wartime, he served as a soldier in the Army from 1942 onward, based at Farnborough[disambiguation needed], Catterick and Barnard Castle. After retiring from football, he ran a sports shop in Wolverhampton until shortly before his death.

Statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
England League FA Cup Europe Total
1938–39 Wolverhampton Wanderers First Division 8 0 2 0 - - 10 0
1939–40 3 0 0 0 - - 3 0
1945–46 Football League North - - 4 1 - - 4 1
1946–47 First Division 38 11 0 0 - - 38 11
1947–48 34 8 3 2 - - 37 10
1948–49 38 12 7 3 - - 42 15
1949–50 40 10 6 1 - - 47* 11
1950–51 31 5 6 1 - - 37 6
1951–52 40 11 3 3 - - 42 14
1952–53 41 11 1 0 - - 42 11
1953–54 38 7 1 0 - - 39 7
1954–55 17 5 0 0 - - 17 5
1955–56 36 7 1 0 - - 37 7
1956–57 30 3 2 1 - - 32 4
1957–58 38 4 4 2 - - 42 6
1958–59 16 4 0 0 2 0 18 4
Career total 445 98 38 14 2 0 486 112

Notes:
* includes 1 additional game in the Charity Shield
Mullen also appeared in wartime games, scoring goals

Honours[edit]

  • First Division
    • Champions: 1953–54, 1957–58, 1958–59
    • Runners-up: 1938–39, 1949–50, 1954–55
    • Third-place: 1946–47, 1952–53, 1955–56

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