Alan Mullery

Alan Mullery


A Former England footballer, manager and Pundit for Radio and TV. Alan Mullery joined Fulham after leaving school at the age of 15. He was in the Fulham first team at 17, and played over 250 games in 5 years. He was also a co host of the hugely popular football programme – Gillette Soccer Saturday on Sky.

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Alan Mullery: Speaker

Alan Mullery transferred to Spurs in 1964, at the time a British record for a midfield player (£72,500). He stayed with Spurs for 8 years, he then transferred back to Fulham in 1972 for £60,000. Where he stayed for four years, and retired in 1976. After retirement, Alan went on to manage Brighton & Hove Albion, Charlton, Crystal Palace and QPR. He was voted into the top 100 footballers, ever to play in the Football League.

Alan Mullery: Playing Career

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.

  • 3 under 21 caps
  • 35 full England caps
  • Captained England
  • Footballer of the year in 1975
  • MBE in 1975 for services to Football
  • FA Cup winner in 1967
  • FA Cup runner up in 1975
  • UEFA Cup winner in 1972
  • League Cup winner in 1970
  • World Cup Finals in 1970
  • Voted Best English Player by the Evening Standard

Alan Mullery: Management Record

In 1976 Alan Mullery became manager of Brighton & Hove Albion. Where his team won promotion twice in 3 seasons, to reach 1st Division. Remaining there for 5 years and then went on to join…

Brighton & Hove Albion Manager

  • 12/05/1986 – 05/01/1987  1 season

Queens Park Rangers Manager

  • 20/06/1984 – 05/12/1984  6 months

Crystal Palace Manager

  •  24/06/1982 -14/05/1984  2 seasons

Charlton Athletic Manager

  • 01/07/1981- 01/06/1982   1 season

Brighton & Hove Albion Manager

  • 16/07/1976 – 01/06/1981   5 seasons

Alan is a brilliant after dinner speaker and is currently in high demand. He is on Talk Radio regularly, with his unique no nonsense approach.

Alan Mullery: Sport Pundit

  • LBC & Capital Radio – 3 years
  • Sky TV – 5 years
  • Talk Radio – 2 years

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