Mel Sutton

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Mel Sutton
Personal information
Full name Melvyn Charles Sutton
Date of birth (1946-02-13) 13 February 1946 (age 72)
Place of birth Birmingham, England
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1967–1972 Cardiff City 138 (5)
1972–1982 Wrexham 360 (21)
1982–1983 Crewe Alexandra 13 (1)
Teams managed
1981–1982 Wrexham
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Melvyn Charles "Mel" Sutton (born 13 February 1946) is a former English professional footballer.


Born in Birmingham, Sutton was an amateur on the books of Aston Villa when Jimmy Scoular brought him to Cardiff City in December 1967. He was made to wait until the 1968-69 season before making his debut, during a 1-0 defeat against Charlton Athletic in August and he went on to miss very few matches over the following years at Ninian Park. He was allowed to leave Cardiff in 1972 to join Wrexham in £15,000, a record fee for the club at the time.

He made his debut for Wrexham against Southend United, where he scored the only goal of the game. He went on to become one of the clubs all-time greats during a spell of nine years. He took over the role of assistant manager to Arfon Griffiths while still playing in the side and, following Grifiiths departure, he took over as manager but was unable to stop the side being relegated and was sacked on 14 May 1982. He joined up with Griffiths again shortly after, this time at Crewe Alexandra where he retired after a short time at the club.


  • Hayes, Dean (2006). The Who's Who of Cardiff City. Breedon Books. ISBN 1-85983-462-0.