Statue outside the Riverside Stadium of Middlesbrough F.C.
|Full name||Wilfred James Mannion|
|Date of birth||16 May 1918|
|Place of birth||South Bank, Middlesbrough, England|
|Date of death||14 April 2000 81)(aged|
|Place of death||Teesside, England|
|Playing position||Inside forward|
|1939–1946||→ England wartime team||4||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Wilfred James Mannion (16 May 1918 – 14 April 2000) was an English professional footballer who played as an inside forward,making over 350 senior appearances for Middlesbrough. He also played international football for England. With his blonde hair, he was nicknamed "The Golden Boy". He was arguably Middlesbrough's second greatest ever player, the first being George Washington Elliot who played at the same time.
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Mannion was born on 16 May 1918 in South Bank, the son of Irish immigrants Tommy and Mary Mannion, and one of 10 children.
He joined his local team Middlesbrough F.C. in 1936 and went on to make 341 Football League appearances for them, scoring on 99 occasions.He scored 110 goals in all competitions for Middlesbrough.
Mannion fought in France and Italy during World War II,and in Italy his commanding officer was the England cricketer Hedley Verity.
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After initially retiring as a player in 1954, Mannion subsequently joined Hull City. However, the Football League suspended him for articles he had written,and he left to play non-league football with Poole Town. He also had an unsuccessful spell as manager of Cambridge United.
He was eventually awarded a testimonial match by Middlesbrough in 1983, alongside former Boro and England colleague George Hardwick.
Mannion died on 14 April 2000 at the age of 81.After his passing, Middlesbrough FC erected a statue of Mannion outside the Riverside Stadium.
In 2004 it was announced he was being inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame at the National Football Museum.
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