Obituary: George Mulhall (1936-2018)

Bolton Wanderers are saddened to learn of the passing of former manager and assistant manager, George Mulhall, aged 81

One of three footballing brothers, the outside-left who was born in Falkirk got his playing career underway at Aberdeen, although he was best known for his time south of the border during seven years (1962-1969) with Sunderland where he racked up 253 appearances and scored 55 goals.

During his time under contract in the North East, he had a loan spell in Canada with Vancouver Royal Canadians and after leaving the Black Cats, he had stints with Cape Town City and Morton before hanging his boots up in 1972.

During his career, he also gained three full caps for Scotland, making his debut against Northern Ireland in October 1959.

After retiring as a player he became trainer-coach at Halifax Town, where he soon was promoted to first team manager. He remained in charge at The Shay until 1974 when he accepted an offer to become Ian Greaves’ assistant at Bolton Wanderers.

Mulhall left Burnden Park in 1978 to become the manager at West Yorkshire club Bradford City, guiding the club to fifth place in Division Four in his first season.

Returning to Bolton Wanderers, he became Stan Anderson’s assistant in 1981 and took the managerial role in June of that year.

His single season in charge at Wanderers proved to be a tough one on and off the field with financial problems coinciding with a campaign where relegation was only avoided narrowly on the final day of the season.

Mulhall resigned in June 1982 and he continued to work in the game as a scout for Ipswich Town, Halifax Town and Huddersfield Town; afterwards, he also had a spell as an assistant to Frank Worthington at Tranmere Rovers.

The thoughts of all at Bolton Wanderers are with his loved ones at this difficult time.

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