Statue outside the Riverside Stadium of Middlesbrough F. C.
|Full name||Wilfred James Mannion|
|Date of birth||16 May 1918|
|Place of birth||South Bank, Middlesbrough, England|
|Date of death||14 April 2000(aged 81)|
|Place of death||Teesside, England|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Wilfred ("Wilf") James Mannion (16 May 1918 - 14 April 2000) was an English professional footballer who played as an inside forward, making over 350 senior appearances for Middlesbrough. He also played international football for England. With his blond hair, he was nicknamed "The Golden Boy".
Mannion fought in France and Italy during World War II, and on his return he wanted to leave Ayresome Park, but the club refused to sell him. In 1948 he went on strike to try and force a move, but this made him ineligible to play for England, and he eventually backed down and started playing for Middlesbrough again.
He was capped on 26 occasions by the England national football team between 1946 and 1951, and his final appearance came on 3 October 1951. He was a member of the England squad for the 1950 FIFA World Cup.
After initially retiring as a player in 1954, Mannion subsequently joined Hull City. However, the Football League suspended him for articles he had written, and he left to play non-league football with Poole Town. He also had an unsuccessful spell as manager of Cambridge United.
Mannion died on 14 April 2000 at the age of 81.
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