Norman Victor Deeley (30
November 1933 – 7 September 2007) was an English professional
footballer, who spent the
majority of his league career with Wolverhampton
He scored two goals to help the club win the 1960 FA Cup Final
, in a performance that
won him the Man of the Match award. The winger won three league
titles with the club, in addition to the cup triumph. He became a
first-choice in the second title-winning season of 1957–58
, scoring 23
goals in the process, and following it with 17 more the following
year. He had been with the club as an apprentice, making his first
team debut on 25 August 1951 in a 2-1 win over Arsenal
two caps during his time at Molineux for the
team, making his debut on 13 May 1959, on a tour of South
America against Brazil, and winning a second
and final cap four days later against Peru.
He had earlier also
represented his country at schoolboy level — at just tall in 1947,
Deeley became the smallest player to play for England
He lost his place in the team during the 1961–62
season, as the
club recruited several new wingers. Deeley quickly moved on after
this, joining Leyton Orient
February 1962 and helping the club to promotion to the top flight.
He played his final season in league football the following
campaign as the London team slipped straight back down.
Deeley then moved into non-league football at Worcester City
, later having spells at
before his retirement from the game in 1974. After hanging up his
boots, he went on to work as manager of a community centre in
Walsall before his retirement.
He died on 7 September 2007, aged 73, from undisclosed causes.
Playing fields in his native Wednesbury were later named after him
His son Andy Deeley
represented New Zealand
- "Wolves legend’s hero send-off"
ExpressandStar.com, 20 September 2007
- "Wolves FA Cup hero dies, 73"
ExpressandStar.com, 8 September 2007
- "Obituary: Norman Deeley — diminutive winger in the
great Wolves side of the 1950s" TimesOnline.co.uk, 17
- "Joy as field named after Wolves hero"
ExpressandStar.com, 14 July 2008