George Mulhall

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George Mulhall
Personal information
Date of birth(1936-05-08)8 May 1936
Place of birth Falkirk, Scotland
Date of death 27 April 2018(2018-04-27) (aged 81)
Place of death Brighouse, England
Position(s) Outside left
Youth career
Denny YMCA
Kilsyth Rangers
Senior career*
1953–1962 Aberdeen 110 (30)
1962–1969 Sunderland 253 (55)
1967Vancouver Royal Canadians (loan) [1] 10 (3)
1969–1971 Cape Town City 41 (22)
1971–1972 Morton 1 (0)
National team
1959–1963 Scotland 3 (1)
1959–1961 Scottish League XI 3 (0)
Teams managed
1972–1974 Halifax Town
1978–1981 Bradford City
1981–1982 Bolton Wanderers
1996 Halifax Town
1997–1998 Halifax Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

George Mulhall (8 May 1936 – 27 April 2018) [2] [3] was a Scottish football player and manager. Born in Falkirk, Mulhall played as an outside left for Aberdeen and Sunderland. He was capped three times for Scotland. He became the manager of Bradford City, Bolton Wanderers and Halifax Town.


Playing career

Two of Mulhall's elder brothers had forged professional careers; Martin with Falkirk, Albion Rovers and Cowdenbeath, and Edward with East Stirlingshire. [3] George, who signed for Aberdeen on his 17th birthday, [4] had played at Denny YMCA and Kilsyth Rangers before moving to Pittodrie.

Mulhall initially had difficulty breaking into the Aberdeen first team, as his left wing position was occupied by Jackie Hather. [5] He made his first team debut on the opening day of the 1955–56 season, while Hather was recovering from injury, but he did not become a regular in the side until 1959. [5]

Mulhall earned his first international cap in October 1959, when he scored in a 4–0 win over Northern Ireland. [5] He played in 150 games for Aberdeen, scoring 42 goals. [5]

In September 1962 he signed for Sunderland for £23,000. [5] [4] Mulhall made 289 appearances and scored 67 goals for Sunderland, [3] and he helped the team to win promotion to the First Division in 1963–64. [5] Mulhall was ever-present that season, as part of a run of 114 consecutive appearances. [3] He won another two international caps, also against Northern Ireland, before moving to South Africa to play for Cape Town City in 1969. [5] He stayed for three seasons before playing one final game for Morton.

Managerial career

Mulhall moved into coaching upon his playing retirement first becoming trainer-coach at Halifax Town. [5] He was promoted to first team manager in 1972, and held this position until September 1974. [6] A month later he moved to Bolton Wanderers where he spent four years as coach and assistant manager. [5]

In November 1978 he moved to Bradford City to replace John Napier as manager. [6] In his first full season he guided the club to 5th in Division Four before he was tempted back to Bolton in March 1981. [6] He managed Bolton for one year until he was sacked. He served as a scout at Ipswich Town and assistant manager at Tranmere Rovers. He later returned to Halifax Town as joint manager with Kieran O'Regan and got them promoted back into the Football League in 1998, [5] at which point Mulhall retired.

Mulhall died on 27 April 2018, aged 81. [3] [6]

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