Martin Bullock

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Martin Bullock
Personal information
Full name Martin John Bullock[1]
Date of birth (1975-03-05) 5 March 1975 (age 42)
Place of birth Derby, England
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1993 Eastwood Town ? (?)
1993–2001 Barnsley 185 (4)
2000 Port Vale (loan) 6 (1)
2001–2005 Blackpool 153 (4)
2005–2007 Macclesfield Town 83 (11)
2007–2008 Wycombe Wanderers 25 (0)
2009–2012 Waitakere United
Total 452+ (20+)
National team
1996 England under-21 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Martin John Bullock (born 5 March 1975) is an English former football midfielder who is a Football Development Officer at Northern Football Federation. He previously played for five league teams over fifteen years, making 452 league appearances. He also won a cap for the England under-21 side in 1996.

He began his career at non-league Eastwood Town, before earning a move to Barnsley in 1993. In an eight-year association with the club he played almost 200 league games for the club, helping them to the Premier League at the end of the 1996–97 season. Loaned out to Port Vale in 2000, the following year he transferred to Blackpool. He enjoyed a highly successful four years with the club, lifting the Football League Trophy in 2002 and 2004. He then played for Macclesfield Town between 2005 and 2007, before ending his professional career with Wycombe Wanderers in 2008. He later turned out for leading New Zealand side Waitakere United, helping them to three Premiership titles, before his retirement in June 2012.

Club career[edit]

Bullock began his career with Northern Premier League First Division side Eastwood Town. He turned professional after a £15,000 move to Barnsley in 1993. He remained at Oakwell for eight years, making 218 appearances in all competitions for the "Tykes". He played 28 league games, mostly as a substitute, in the club's historic 1996–97 campaign, which saw them finish second in the First Division. In the subsequent 1997–98 Premier League season he played 33 top-flight games. Barnsley were relegated, though Bullock remained a key part of their 1998–99 campaign. He found himself out of favour in 1999–2000 however, making just six starts, five of which were in the League Cup. He was utilised more frequently in 2000–01, after spending February 2000 on loan at Second Division Port Vale, for whom he scored once against Queens Park Rangers.[2]

In September 2001 he joined Steve McMahon's Second Division newcomers Blackpool on a free transfer.[3] He became a key player for the club, making 43 league appearances in his maiden season there. His contribution was particularly telling in the semi-final of the Football League Trophy, as he scored the golden goal winner against Huddersfield Town that ensured the club a date at the Millennium Stadium.[4] He went on to play the full ninety minutes of the club's triumph over Cambridge United in the final.[5]

He enjoyed a similarly successful campaign in 2002–03, and was offered a two-year contract extension in March 2003.[6] He was later named in the PFA Second Division Team of the Year for his performances throughout the season.[7] The 2003–04 campaign was also memorable for Bullock, as he helped Blackpool to lift the League Trophy for the second time in three seasons, following victory over Southend United.[8] He made a further 28 league appearances for the club in 2004–05, but was told by new boss Colin Hendry he would not be offered a new contract.[9] He signed for Brian Horton's Macclesfield Town in June 2005.[10] In his first season with the club he made 40 appearances in League Two. He made a further 43 appearances in his second season at Moss Rose. In May 2007 he switched clubs to Wycombe Wanderers, penning a two-year deal.[11][12] He made 27 appearances in all competitions for the club in 2007–08, before he announced his retirement from the professional game in May 2008.[13] In 2009 he made a late move to New Zealand to play for Waitakere United. Following a second-place finish in 2009–10, Waitakere went on to reach the final of the OFC Champions League, and Bullock played both games of the 4–2 aggregate defeat to Papua New Guinea side PRK Hekari United.[14] Waitakere went on to win the championship in 2010–11 after defeating rivals Auckland City. They retained their title in 2011–12 with a 4–1 win over Team Wellington.[15] He retired at the age of 37 in June 2012.[16]

International career[edit]

Whilst with Barnsley, Bullock won a cap for the England under-21 side in 1996.

Personal life[edit]

Bullock is married to Michelle Bullock with two children Lillie aged 13 and Maggie aged 11 and is focusing on getting his coaching badges to coach professionally.[16]

Statistics[edit]

  • Sourced from Martin Bullock profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
Club Season Division League FA Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Port Vale (loan) 1999–2000 First Division 6 1 0 0 0 0 6 1
Barnsley 1993–94 First Division 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
1994–95 First Division 29 0 1 0 1 0 31 0
1995–96 First Division 41 1 2 0 3 0 46 1
1996–97 First Division 28 0 2 1 2 0 32 1
1997–98 Premier League 33 0 5 0 2 0 40 0
1998–99 First Division 32 2 5 2 5 0 42 2
1999–2000 First Division 4 0 0 0 5 0 9 0
2000–01 First Division 18 1 0 0 0 0 18 1
Total 185 4 15 3 19 0 219 7
Blackpool 2001–02 Second Division 43 2 4 0 8 3 55 5
2002–03 Second Division 38 1 3 0 2 0 43 1
2003–04 Second Division 44 1 3 0 10 0 57 1
2004–05 League One 28 0 1 0 1 0 30 0
Total 153 4 11 0 21 3 185 7
Macclesfield Town 2005–06 League Two 40 7 2 0 6 1 48 8
2006–07 League Two 43 4 4 0 0 0 47 4
Total 83 11 6 0 6 1 95 12
Wycombe Wanderers 2007–08 League Two 25 0 1 0 1 0 27 0
Career Total 452 20 33 3 47 4 532 27

Honours[edit]

Individual
Barnsley
Blackpool
Waitakere United

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Martin Bullock". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 9 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "Port Vale 1 Queens Park Rangers 1". Sporting Life. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Bullock pens Blackpool deal". BBC Sport. 5 September 2001. Retrieved 12 May 2009. 
  4. ^ "Blackpool reach LDV final". BBC Sport. 12 February 2002. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  5. ^ Fletcher, Paul (24 March 2002). "Blackpool lift LDV Vans Trophy". BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Bullock pens Blackpool deal". BBC Sport. 13 March 2003. Retrieved 12 May 2009. 
  7. ^ "Wigan dominate PFA team". BBC Sport. 28 April 2003. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  8. ^ "Blackpool 2–0 Southend". BBC Sport. 21 March 2004. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  9. ^ "Winger Bullock to leave Blackpool". BBC Sport. 19 May 2005. Retrieved 12 May 2009. 
  10. ^ "Silkmen bring in four new faces". BBC Sport. 25 June 2005. Retrieved 12 May 2009. 
  11. ^ "Ince rings changes at Moss Rose". BBC Sport. 19 May 2007. Retrieved 12 May 2009. 
  12. ^ "Wycombe close to Bullock capture". BBC Sport. 10 May 2007. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  13. ^ "Martin Bullock Retires". wycombewanderers.co.uk. 2 May 2008. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  14. ^ a b "Oceania Football Confederation". www.oceaniafootball.com. Retrieved 20 November 2016. 
  15. ^ "Waitakere seal three-in-a-row". nzfc.co.nz. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  16. ^ a b "Bullock hangs up his boots". waitakereunited.co.nz. Retrieved 27 April 2014. 

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