George Mulhall

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George Mulhall
Personal information
Date of birth (1936-05-08) 8 May 1936 (age 79)
Place of birth Falkirk, Scotland
Playing position Outside left
Youth career
Denny YMCA
Kilsyth Rangers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1953–1962 Aberdeen 110 (30)
1962–1969 Sunderland 253 (55)
1967 Vancouver Royal Canadians (loan)[1] 10 (3)
1969–1971 Cape Town City 41 (22)
1971–1972 Greenock Morton 1 (0)
National team
1959–1963 Scotland 3 (1)
1959–1961 Scottish League XI 3 (0)
Teams managed
1972–1974 Halifax Town
1978–1981 Bradford City
1981–1982 Bolton Wanderers
1996 Halifax Town
1997–1998 Halifax Town

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (Goals).

George Mulhall (born 8 May 1936) is a Scottish former footballer and manager.

Born in Falkirk, Scotland, Mulhall played as outside left who played at Aberdeen and Sunderland and was capped three times for Scotland before he became a manager for Bradford City, Bolton Wanderers and Halifax Town.

Playing career[edit]

Two of George Mulhall's elder brothers had forged professional careers with Falkirk and Albion Rovers by the time he signed for Aberdeen on his 17th birthday.[2] He had played at Denny YMCA and Kilsyth Rangers before moving to Pittodrie. He was limited to 110 games for Aberdeen, scoring 30 goals, but he helped the club to become Scottish League Division One runners-up in 1955–56 and the Scottish League Cup the same season.

In October 1959 he earned his first international cap when he scored in a 4–0 win over Northern Ireland. In September 1962 he signed for Sunderland for £25,000.[2] Mulhall played more 250 appearances for Sunderland, where he still holds the record for the most consecutive appearances for the club - 125 - and scored 55 goals. He won another two caps, also against Northern Ireland, before moving to South Africa to play for Cape Town City. He stayed for three seasons before playing one final game for Greenock Morton.

Managerial career[edit]

Mulhall moved into coaching upon his playing retirement first becoming trainer-coach at Halifax Town where he was promoted to first team manager in 1972. He was in charge until September 1974. A month later he moved to Bolton Wanderers where he spent four years as coach and assistant manager.

In November 1978 he moved to Bradford City to replace John Napier as manager. In his first full season he guided the club to 5th in Division Four before he was tempted back to Bolton in March 1981. He managed Bolton for one year until he was fired among rumours that he was to be replaced by Pelé[citation needed]. He served as scout at Ipswich Town and assistant manager at Tranmere Rovers. He later returned to Halifax Town as joint manager with Kieran O'Regan.


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  2. ^ a b Frost, Terry (1988). Bradford City A Complete Record 1903-1988. Breedon Books Sport. p. 78. ISBN 0-907969-38-0. 

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