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James "Jimmy" Mullen (6 January 1923 – 23 October 1987) was an Englishmarker footballer, who spent his whole career at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Career

Mullen joined the Midlanders in June 1937, turned professional on his 17th birthday, and remained with the club until his retirement in May 1960. His league debut came in February 1939, in a 4-1 win over Leeds United. He made 634 appearances in total, scoring 139 goals, helping the club win their only three league titles (1953/54, 1957/58, 1958/59) and a FA Cup in 1949 (although he did not play in the final).

He also played for England, earning 12 caps (3 wartime). He made his international debut on 24 October 1942 in 1-2 friendly defeat to Wales at his home ground Molineux and became England's first ever substitute in an international on 18 May 1950, scoring against Belgium in the Heysel Stadiummarker in a 4-1 win. He also played in the 1950 FIFA World Cup and the 1954 FIFA World Cup. He scored 6 goals, including in the 1954 World Cup against Switzerland.

During wartime, he served as a soldier in the Army from 1942 onward, based at Farnborough, Catterick and Barnard Castlemarker. After retiring from football, he ran a sports shop in Wolverhamptonmarker until shortly before his death.

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