Mike England

Harold Michael England MBE,[1] commonly known as Mike England, is a Welsh former footballer and manager.[2]

Mike England
Personal information
Full name Harold Michael England
Date of birth (1941-12-02) 2 December 1941 (age 79)
Place of birth Holywell, Flintshire, Wales
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Position(s) Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1959–1966 Blackburn Rovers 165 (21)
1966–1975 Tottenham Hotspur 300 (14)
1975–1979 Seattle Sounders 106 (6)
1975–1976Cardiff City (loan) 40 (1)
1979–1980 Cleveland Force (indoor) 11 (0)
Total 622 (42)
National team
1962–1974 Wales 49 (4)
Teams managed
1980–1988 Wales
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing careerEdit

Playing as a Centre Back or central defender, he began his career at Blackburn Rovers in 1959 before moving to Tottenham Hotspur in July 1966, ultimately winning four major trophies: the FA Cup in 1967, the UEFA Cup in 1972, and the League Cup in 1971 and 1973.

England made 49 international appearances for Wales over twelve years, scoring 4 goals. He was the youngest ever Wales permanent captain for many years, until superseded by Aaron Ramsey in 2011.[3]

Management careerEdit

He later managed the Wales national team from March 1980 to February 1988. England was sacked as Wales manager on 3 February 1988 after failing to qualify for the 1988 European Championships. That was to be the final job he would ever have in football. He later managed a nursing home in North Wales, and then owned two nursing homes and ran his own timber business.[4]


  1. ^ "Spurs Legend – Mike England". Tottenham Hotspur. Retrieved 26 May 2010.
  2. ^ Hugman, B, J, (Ed) The PFA Premier & Football League Players' Records 1946–2005 (2005) p195 ISBN 1-85291-665-6
  3. ^ Wathan, Chris (14 June 2016). "Ramsey upset as he misses son crawl for the first time". Wales Online. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  4. ^ "Football - Internationals - Yesterday's men". BBC Sport.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Phil Dwyer
Cardiff City captain
Succeeded by
Richie Morgan