John Mullin (footballer)

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John Mullin
Personal information
Full name John Michael Mullin[1]
Date of birth (1975-08-11) 11 August 1975 (age 41)[1]
Place of birth Bury, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
000?–1992 Burnley
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1995 Burnley 18 (2)
1995–1999 Sunderland 36 (4)
1998 Preston North End (loan) 7 (0)
1998 Burnley (loan) 6 (0)
1999–2001 Burnley 75 (8)
2001–2006 Rotherham United 180 (12)
2006–2008 Tranmere Rovers 50 (5)
2008–2010 Accrington Stanley 32 (0)
Total 404 (31)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:12, 20 May 2010 (UTC).

John Michael Mullin (born 11 August 1975 in Bury, Greater Manchester) is a retired footballer who played as a midfielder for clubs including Sunderland, Rotherham United and Accrington Stanley, and is the brother of former Accrington and Morecambe player Paul Mullin. He is now a member of the coaching staff at Burnley.


Mullin's career began at Burnley, and has taken in spells at Sunderland (where he had the distinction of scoring the winning goal in a Premier League game against Manchester United in 1997, and the final goal at Roker Park in a 1–0 victory over Liverpool[2]), a second spell at Burnley and Rotherham United. Mullin was released by Rotherham at the end of the 2005–06 season and joined the manager that brought him to the Millers, Ronnie Moore, at Tranmere Rovers on a two-year deal.

Whilst at Tranmere he had a reasonable season the first year but his second season on Merseyside brought injuries and subbed appearances. He was first choice centre-mid with Paul McLaren in his first year and netted 5 times. He scored a volley at home to Bristol City in the last minute in Tranmere's 1–0 win. He also scored against Yeovil Town, Northampton Town (twice) and Chesterfield.

After being released by Tranmere at the end of the 2007–08 season, Mullin was signed by Accrington Stanley on a one-year contract. It was here John began playing like a true legend. Under new management, Mullin played in his natural attacking role through the middle. He helped Accrington get promoted, and he and his brother, Paul, gave experience to new, young talents like Walker, Meierah and Wass. However, he was deemed surplus to requirements as Stanley began their new adventure in league two. He is now part of Burnley FC youth team coaching staff.


  1. ^ a b c Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2009). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2009–10. Mainstream Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84596-474-0. 
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