Walter Bull

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Walter Bull (born: Nottingham, 19 December 1874; Nottingham, 21 July 1952)[1]) was an English football player and manager.

Bull played for Notts County and Tottenham Hotspur in the 1900s.[2]

Walter played for the Football League against the Scottish League at Ibrox Park, Glasgow on 19 March 1901. He had previously scored for the North in an international trial match against the South at the old Crystal Palace on 25 February 1901. He then featured for the South v North at Ashton Gate, Bristol on 13 February 1905 and again on 22 January 1906. He also played for Professionals of the South v Amateurs of the South on 8 January 1906. During 1905-06 he was first reserve for the full England team as understudy to Colin Veitch, the regular centre half.

He represented Spurs on the Professional Footballers Association committee when the organisation was formed in 1907.

At Tottenham, he counted amongst his team-mates Herbert Chapman; in 1907 Bull was offered the job of Northampton Town manager but after accepting changed his mind, and recommended Chapman take charge of the club instead, launching his career in management.[3] Bull would eventually become Chapman's successor at Northampton Town, taking over in 1912 but managing the club for just a single season (1912-13).[4]



First Team Appearances and Goals for Tottenham Hotspur:

  • Debut: 8 October 1904, v Bristol Rovers.
  • Final match: 28 April 1909, v Derby County.
  • Southern League: 105 appearances, 9 goals (1904-05 to 1907-08)
  • Football League: 12 appearances (1908-09 only)
  • FA Cup: 15 appearances, 1 goal

Walter also played in 22 Western League matches, scoring one goal, plus 28 other minor cup, friendly and tour matches, scoring five goals.

Known appearances for other clubs:

Notts County
  • Football League: 282 appearances, 53 goals (1894-95 to 1903-04).
  • Football League debut: 3 November 1894, v Woolwich Arsenal.
Northampton Town
  • Southern League: 3 appearances (1912-13 only).


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  3. ^ Page, Simon (2006). Herbert Chapman: The First Great Manager. Heroes Publishing. p. 67. ISBN 0-9543884-5-3. 
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