Johnny Mullins

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Johnny Mullins
Johnny Mullins 15-11-2014 1.jpg
Mullins playing for Oxford United in 2014
Personal information
Full name John Christopher Mullins[1]
Date of birth (1985-11-06) 6 November 1985 (age 31)[1]
Place of birth Hampstead, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[1]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Luton Town
Number 5
Youth career
0000–2004 Reading
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 Reading 0 (0)
2004–2005 Kidderminster Harriers (loan) 21 (2)
2005–2006 Kidderminster Harriers (loan) 25 (2)
2006–2008 Mansfield Town 86 (4)
2008–2010 Stockport County 69 (4)
2010–2013 Rotherham United 99 (7)
2012 Oxford United (loan) 8 (2)
2013–2016 Oxford United 119 (5)
2016– Luton Town 23 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:45, 21 March 2017 (UTC).

John Christopher "Johnny" Mullins (born 6 November 1985) is an English professional footballer who plays as a defender for League Two club Luton Town. He primarily plays as a centre-back.

Mullins started his career with Reading, but it was during two separate loan spells with Kidderminster Harriers that he first came to prominence, prompting Mansfield Town to sign him on his release from the Reading in 2006. He was with Mansfield for two seasons before moving to Stockport County. In 2010, he joined Rotherham United, and following his loan at Oxford United he was made Rotherham's captain as they finished runners-up in League Two. In July 2013, he joined Oxford United permanently, staying for three seasons before his transfer to Luton Town.

Club career[edit]

Reading[edit]

Born in Hampstead, Greater London,[1] Mullins signed his first professional contract with Reading on 16 December 2004 until the end of the 2005–06 season,[2] having progressed through the club's youth system.[3] He later became captain of the reserve team and made seven appearances.[4] Mullins was released by Reading upon the expiry of his contract.[5]

Kidderminster Harriers (loan)[edit]

Mullins joined League Two club Kidderminster Harriers on loan for the remainder of the 2004–05 season on 17 December 2004,[6] making his debut one day later in a 2–0 defeat away to Cheltenham Town.[7] He scored his first goal for the club on 29 January 2005 in a 3–1 win away to Cambridge United.[8] Mullins also scored the only goal of the reverse fixture against Cheltenham Town on 5 March.[9] His season was ended by a hamstring injury in a 1–1 draw with Yeovil Town on 16 April, having made 21 appearances for the club.[10]

Mullins re-signed for Kidderminster Harriers, newly relegated to the Conference National on 25 October 2005 on an initial one-month loan.[2][11] His loan was later extended until late January,[12] and once more until the end of the 2005–06 season on 10 January 2006.[13] He made 30 appearances in all competitions, scoring two goals,[14] and was named Player of the Season by the club's supporters.[3]

Mansfield Town[edit]

Mullins signed a two-year contract with League Two club Mansfield Town on 31 May 2006.[15] He immediately established himself in the first-team and made 48 appearances in the 2006–07 season, scoring two goals.[16] In the 2007–08 season, Mullins was described by manager Billy Dearden as the most improved player in League Two,[17] and won Mansfield's Player of the Season award.[18] Mansfield were relegated to the Conference Premier at the end of the season, prompting Mullins to turn down the offer of a new contract, as he wanted to stay in the Football League.[19]

Stockport County[edit]

Mullins signed a two-year contract with League One club Stockport County on 16 June 2008, with Stockport paying Mansfield compensation.[20] He made his debut for the club in a 1–1 draw away to Huddersfield Town on the opening day of the 2008–09 season.[21] Mullins scored his first goals for the club in a 4–2 win away to Yeovil Town on 13 December.[22] He captained the team when club captain Michael Raynes was sidelined due to a hamstring injury.[23] Mullins went on to make 39 appearances in all competitions, scoring three goals.[21] In 2009–10, Mullins took over as club captain, following the departure of Michael Raynes to Scunthorpe United.[24] During the season, Mullins made 41 appearances in all competitions, scoring once.[25]

Rotherham United[edit]

Mullins signed for League Two club Rotherham United on a free transfer on 6 July 2010, following the expiration of his Stockport contract.[26] He made his debut for the club on 31 August in a 1–0 win at home to Lincoln City in the Football League Trophy.[27] Mullins made 39 appearances in all competitions in 2010–11, scoring once in a 4–2 win away to Burton Albion on 26 February 2011.[27] He followed up with a further 37 appearances in all competitions in 2011–12, scoring twice.[28] Mullins was made captain of the club in 2012–13, after Ian Sharps joined Burton Albion on loan.[29] He was part of the squad that was promoted to League One as League Two runners-up after a 2–0 win at home to Aldershot Town on 27 April 2013, in which Mullins scored the opening goal.[30]

Oxford United[edit]

On 5 October 2012, Mullins joined League Two club Oxford United on a three-month emergency loan.[31] He made his debut a day later in a 0–0 draw at home to Gillingham.[32] Mullins was recalled by parent club Rotherham on 21 November, after they exercised the 24-hour recall option as part of his loan deal, having made eight appearances, scoring twice.[33]

On 22 July 2013, Mullins signed for Oxford permanently on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee.[34] He scored an 82nd-minute winner in a 2–1 win at home to Bury on 10 August,[35] and went on to score a 96th-minute equaliser at home to Wycombe Wanderers two weeks later,[36] followed by a 57th-minute equaliser away to Cheltenham Town on 14 September.[37] After his original loan spell, Mullins had already become a fans' favourite, but nine games into the 2013–14 season, he had been given the nickname "Magnet Man" by the players and fans, a nod towards his ability in the opposition box.[38] He was a member of the squad that achieved promotion to League One at the end of the 2015–16 season, having also captained the club at Wembley Stadium in the 2016 Football League Trophy Final against Barnsley.[39] On 23 May 2016, Oxford announced Mullins would be released upon the expiry of his contract, having made 149 appearances for the club, scoring nine times.[39]

Luton Town[edit]

Mullins signed a two-year contract with League Two club Luton Town on 31 May 2016.[40] He made his Luton debut on the opening day of the 2016–17 season in a 3–0 win away to Plymouth Argyle.[41]

Personal life[edit]

In the summer of 2008, Mullins graduated from Staffordshire University with a degree in Professional Sports Writing and Broadcasting.[42] His sister, Geena Mullins, is a glamour model who has appeared in magazines including lads' magazine Zoo Weekly.[43]

Career statistics[edit]

Mullins playing for Oxford United in 2013
As of match played 21 March 2017
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Reading 2004–05[44] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2005–06[14] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kidderminster Harriers (loan) 2004–05[44] League Two 21 2 21 2
2005–06[14] Conference National 25 2 5[a] 0 30 2
Total 46 4 5 0 51 4
Mansfield Town 2006–07[16] League Two 43 2 2 0 2 0 1[b] 0 48 2
2007–08[45] League Two 43 2 4 0 1 1 1[b] 0 49 3
Total 86 4 6 0 3 1 2 0 97 5
Stockport County 2008–09[21] League One 33 3 4 0 1 0 1[b] 0 39 3
2009–10[25] League One 36 1 2 0 1 0 2[b] 0 41 1
Total 69 4 6 0 2 0 3 0 80 4
Rotherham United 2010–11[27] League Two 35 1 2 0 0 0 2[b] 0 39 1
2011–12[28] League Two 35 2 1 0 0 0 1[b] 0 37 2
2012–13[46] League Two 29 4 3 0 1 0 1[b] 0 34 4
Total 99 7 6 0 1 0 4 0 110 7
Oxford United (loan) 2012–13[46] League Two 8 2 8 2
Oxford United 2013–14[47] League Two 35 3 4 1 1 0 1[b] 0 41 4
2014–15[48] League Two 44 2 3 0 2 0 0 0 49 2
2015–16[49] League Two 40 0 5 0 2 1 4[b] 0 51 1
Total 127 7 12 1 5 1 5 0 149 9
Luton Town 2016–17[50] League Two 23 0 2 1 2 0 2[c] 0 29 1
Career total 450 26 32 2 13 2 21 0 516 30
  1. ^ Three appearances in Football League Trophy, two in FA Trophy
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Appearance(s) in Football League Trophy
  3. ^ Appearances in EFL Trophy

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Rotherham United

Oxford United

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

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  7. ^ "Harriers short of festive cheer". The Shuttle. Kidderminster. 21 December 2004. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
  8. ^ "Cambridge United 1 Kidderminster Harriers 3". The Shuttle. Kidderminster. 31 January 2005. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
  9. ^ "Kidderminster Harriers 1 Cheltenham Town 0". The Shuttle. Kidderminster. 5 March 2005. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
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  35. ^ "Oxford Utd 2–1 Bury". BBC Sport. 10 August 2013. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
  36. ^ "Oxford Utd 2–2 Wycombe". BBC Sport. 24 August 2013. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
  37. ^ "Cheltenham 2–2 Oxford Utd". BBC Sport. 14 September 2013. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
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  42. ^ "Vital Rotherham Man of the Month – March". Vital Rotherham. 4 April 2011. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
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  45. ^ "Games played by Johnny Mullins in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
  46. ^ a b "Games played by Johnny Mullins in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
  47. ^ "Games played by Johnny Mullins in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
  48. ^ "Games played by Johnny Mullins in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
  49. ^ "Games played by Johnny Mullins in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
  50. ^ "Games played by Johnny Mullins in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 21 March 2017. 
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