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Alan Mullery

English league Division One match at White Hart Lane Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea v Alan Mullery of Spurs April 1972 Image courtesy of Mirrorpix.

English league Division One match at White Hart Lane
Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea v
Alan Mullery of Spurs
April 1972
Image courtesy of Mirrorpix.

Alan Mullery was a quick central midfielder, who made his debut as a youngster for Fulham in 1958.  He played the majority of his career at Tottenham, making over 300 appearances for Spurs, before re-joining Fulham for the latter part of his career in 1972.  Mullery won 35 England caps and was part of the 1970 World Cup squad.

Mullery made one shy of 200 appearances for Fulham, before joining Tottenham in 1964 for a fee of £72,500.  He followed in the footsteps of Danny Blanchflower in Spurs’ midfield after the retirement of the North Irishman in April of that year.

He won three honours whilst at Tottenham; the FA Cup in 1967, League Cup in 1971 and, a year later, the UEFA Cup, following a 3-2 aggregate win over Wolves in which Mullery scored the decisive goal.  In all, Mullery made 312 appearances for Spurs in eight years, scoring 25 goals.

Returning to Fulham in 1972, Mullery went on to win the BBC’s goal of the season in 1973-74 and in 1975, appeared in a second FA Cup final, which this time ended in defeat to West Ham.

Mullery won his first cap for England in December 1964, though it took two and a half years before a second was awarded, for a 2-0 victory against Spain.  He played during the 1968 European Championship but was sent off in the semi-final (a 1-0 defeat to Yugoslavia), the first England player to be red-carded.

In the 1970 World Cup finals, defending champions England progressed to the quarter-finals, where they met West Germany and despite leading 2-0, were beaten 3-2 after extra time.  Mullery scored his only England goal during the match.

After retiring from playing in 1976, Mullery went into management.  His first job was at Brighton and Hove Albion and in five years at the club, Mullery achieved two promotions and kept the Seagulls in the First Division.

He later managed Charlton, Crystal Palace and QPR before returning for a second spell with Brighton.

Principal English Clubs: Fulham, Tottenham Hotspur
Honours: 1 FA Cup, 1 League Cup, 1 UEFA Cup
Caps: 35 (1 goal)

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