|Full name||Michael Sullivan|
12 January 1934|
Pudsey, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
|Died||5 April 2016
Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England
Michael "Mick" Sullivan (12 January 1934 – 5 April 2016) was an English professional Rugby League World Cup winning footballer of the 1950s, and 1960s. He set the record for the most appearances for the Great Britain Lions with 46. This record has been matched (by Garry Schofield) but never overtaken.
Sullivan signed with Huddersfield in 1952 as an 18-year-old right-Wing. He made his début for Great Britain during the 1954 World Cup in France against the Australian team. Sullivan went on to appear in the final and help Great Britain to claim the first ever World Cup. He was selected to play for England while at Huddersfield in 1955 against Other Nationalities and in 1956 against France. Mick Sullivan also represented Great Britain while at Huddersfield between 1952 and 1956 against France (2 non-Test matches).
Sullivan won caps for Great Britain while at Huddersfield in 1954 against France (2 matches), New Zealand, and Australia, in 1955 against New Zealand (3 matches), in 1956 against Australia (3 matches), in 1957 against France (3 matches), France, Australia, New Zealand, while at Wigan against France (2 matches), in 1958 against France, Australia (3 matches), and New Zealand (2 matches), in 1959 against France (2 matches), and Australia (3 matches), in 1960 against France (3 matches), France, New Zealand, and Australia, while at St. Helens in 1961 against France, and New Zealand (2 matches), in 1962 against France (3 matches), Australia (3 matches), and New Zealand, and while at York in 1963 against Australia (World Cup 1954 3-caps, 1-try, 1957 3-caps, 3-tries, 1960 3-caps, 1-try).
He scored a try against Australia in 1960, when he became the only British player to win the World Cup twice.
He was later signed by St. Helens in 1961 for a new world record fee of £11,000. (based on increases in average earnings, this would be approximately £484,000 in 2013). Sullivan played his first game for St. Helens in January 1961. While at St. Helens, Sullivan played for England in 1962 against France.
Challenge Cup Final appearances
Mick Sullivan played Left-Wing, i.e. number 5, and scored a try in Wigan's 9–13 victory over Workington Town in the 1958 Challenge Cup Final during the 1957–58 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 10 May 1958, in front of a crowd of 66,109, and played Left-Wing, and scored a try in the 30-13 victory over Hull F.C. in the 1959 Challenge Cup Final during the 1958–59 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 9 May 1959, in front of a crowd of 79,811., and played Left-Wing in St. Helens 12-6 victory over Wigan in the 1961 Challenge Cup Final during the 1960–61 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 13 May 1961, in front of a crowd of 94,672
County Cup Final appearances
Mick Sullivan played Left-Wing, i.e. number 5, in Huddersfield's 15–8 victory over York in the 1957 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1957–58 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 19 October 1957, played Left-Wing, and scored a try, in St. Helens' 25–9 victory over Swinton in the 1961 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1961–62 season at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 11 November 1961, and played Left-Wing in the 7–4 victory over Swinton in the 1962 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1962–63 season at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 27 October 1962.
It was announced on 5 April 2016 that he had died in the previous week, aged 82.
- Morris, Graham (2005). Wigan Rugby League Football Club: 100 Greats. Stroud: Tempus Publishing. pp. 118–9. ISBN 978-0-7524-3470-4.
- Williams, Graham (2015). Sully's Way: Mick Sullivan Rugby League Legend. London League Publications Ltd. ISBN 978-1909885097.
- Edgar, Harry (2007). Rugby League Journal Annual 2008 Page-110. Rugby League Journal Publishing. ISBN 0-9548355-3-0
- "Measuring Worth – Relative Value of UK Pounds". Measuring Wortht. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
- "1957–1958 Challenge Cup Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
- "1958–1959 Challenge Cup Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
- Martini, Peter (5 April 2016). "Rugby league legend and former York star Mick Sullivan dies, aged 82". York Press. Retrieved 16 April 2016.
- Mick Sullivan – Wigan Career Page @ Cherryandwhite.co.uk
- Mick Sullivan – St. Helens Career Page at saints.org.uk
- Mick Sullivan at rlhalloffame.org.uk
- Mick Sullivan at britannica.com
- Mick Sullivan at rugbyleagueoralhistory.co.uk
- England Statistics at englandrl.co.uk
- Great Britain Statistics at englandrl.co.uk
- Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org
|Rugby league transfer record
Huddersfield to Wigan
|Rugby league transfer record
Wigan to St. Helens