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Jimmy Mullen (footballer, born 1952)

James Mullen (born 8 November 1952 in Jarrow, County Durham) is an English football manager who last managed at Market Drayton Town.

Jimmy Mullen
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Personal information
Full name James Mullen
Date of birth (1952-11-08) 8 November 1952 (age 67)
Place of birth Jarrow, England
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1970–1980 Sheffield Wednesday 229 (10)
1980–1982 Rotherham United 49 (1)
1981–1982Preston North End (loan) 1 (0)
1981–1986 Cardiff City 133 (12)
1986–1987 Newport County 19 (0)
Total 431 (23)
Teams managed
1984 Cardiff City
1986 Cardiff City
1986–1987 Newport County
1989–1990 Blackpool
1991–1996 Burnley
1996–1997 Sligo Rovers
2002–2003 Bridgnorth Town
2003–2004 Colwyn Bay
Market Drayton Town
Telford United
Bromsgrove Rovers
2008–2009 Walsall
2009–2011 Market Drayton Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing careerEdit

In his playing days, Mullen spent most of his career at Sheffield Wednesday, and was their captain when they won promotion from Division Three in 1979/80. The following season, however, he went one better with Rotherham, captaining the Millers to the Division Three title.

After a short loan spell at Preston, he moved to Cardiff, where he again won promotion in 1982/83. Following the resignation of Cardiff manager Len Ashurst in March 1984, Mullen and Assistant Manager Jimmy Goodfellow were appointed joint Caretaker Managers until the end of the 1983/84 season. At the end of the season, Goodfellow was appointed as sole manager of the club, and Mullen continued as a player under Goodfellow and Alan Durban upon Goodfellow's sacking. After Durban led the club to two successive relegations, leaving them in the old Fourth Division, he was sacked and Mullen was appointed caretaker manager until the end of the season. Mullen was replaced by Frank Burrows in the summer of 1986 and he then moved on to near-neighbours Newport County, where he would end his playing days.


After being assistant manager to Ian Porterfield at Aberdeen from 1986 to 1988, on 28 March 1989 Mullen was asked to take charge of Blackpool for the last eleven games of the season after the departure of Sam Ellis. With the help of Len Ashurst, he guided the Seasiders to five victories and avoided relegation. Soon afterwards, Mullen was given the job on a full-time basis.

In light of Ellis' success and popularity at Bloomfield Road, Mullen only lasted eleven months before being replaced by Graham Carr. One notable signing made by Mullen in his short stay at the seaside was David Eyres from non-league Rhyl.

In 1990/91, Mullen was offered and accepted the assistant-manager role at Burnley by manager Frank Casper. Casper resigned eight games into the 1991/92 season, and Mullen was put in temporary charge of team affairs.

Mullen managed to guide the Clarets to promotion to the new Division Two as the old Fourth Division champions.

His success continued in 1993/94. Burnley won promotion to the First Division via the play-offs, and Mullen's hero-like status was confirmed.

His fourth season at the Turf would prove a difficult one. Mullen survived eight consecutive defeats in the New Year of 1995, but it resulted in the Clarets returning to Division Two.

After another unsuccessful 1995/96 season, Mullen was given the sack by the Burnley board and subsequently had short spells scouting for the likes of Bolton Wanderers and Wrexham.

He then took over at Irish side Sligo Rovers during the 1996–1997 campaign and stayed until the end of the season before departing for family reasons and began to work for the Welsh FA while assisting Neville Southall with the Welsh under-19s. He was appointed manager of Bridgnorth Town during the 2002–03 season, but left at the end of the season.[1]

Mullen later managed Welsh outfit Colwyn Bay[2] but resigned after only one season in charge.[3] He also managed Market Drayton and Telford United.

He then joined Bromsgrove Rovers as manager, until his resignation in 2006.

In May 2007, Mullen was appointed the assistant manager of Hednesford Town.[4]

On 28 September 2007, it was announced that Mullen had joined the backroom staff at Walsall.[5]

In April 2008, he was appointed caretaker manager of Walsall following Richard Money's resignation. The position was made permanent the following month,[6] but on 10 January 2009 he was sacked as manager following a run of four wins in sixteen games.[7]

On 24 September 2009, Mullen was appointed the Assistant Manager of Rotherham United under Ronnie Moore.

In October 2011 he was appointed caretaker manager at Market Drayton Town. He left as manager of Market Drayton in 2013.


  1. ^ AFC Bridgnorth Non-League Club Directory
  2. ^ Mullen takes charge at Colwyn – BBC Sport
  3. ^ Mullen quits Colwyn – BBC Sport
  4. ^ Hednesford Town official website
  5. ^ Hednesford Town official website
  6. ^ "Mullen named new Walsall manager". BBC Sport. 22 May 2008. Retrieved 22 May 2008.
  7. ^ "Mullen sacked as Walsall manager". BBC Sport. 10 January 2009.
  • Calley, Roy (1992). Blackpool: A Complete Record 1887–1992. Breedon Books Sport. ISBN 1-873626-07-X.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Phil Dwyer
Cardiff City captain
Succeeded by
Jake King