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Wilf Mannion

Middlesbrough FC

26 appearances, 11 goals (3 on debut)

P 26 W 18 D 4 L 4 F 84: A 31
77% successful

1946-51

disciplined: none
captaincies:
none
minutes played:
2261

Profile

Full name Wilfred James Mannion
Born 16 May 1918, at 31 Napier Street, South Bank, Middlesbrough, North Riding of Yorkshire [registered in Middlesbrough, North Riding, June 1918]. To Thomas and Mary (née Duffy), Seventh of nine children.
Attended St. Peter's School, South Bank
Married to Bernadette Kathleen Murray [registered in Middlesbrough, March 1948].
Died 14 April 2000 at South Cleveland hospital, Marton Road, Middlesbrough, aged 81 years 334 days [registered in Redcar & Cleveland, April 2000]. Cremated at Teesside Crematorium.
Height/Weight 5' 5", 11st. 0lbs [1950].

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & Ancestry.com

Biographies Golden Boy: A Biography of Wilf Mannion - Nick Varley (Aurum Press, 2002)
 

x. - A Football Compendium, Peter J. Seddon (1999).

Club Career

When Mannion left school at 14, he became an apprentice welder at Smith's Dock and then worked in a rolling mill. He had become a regular with Smith's Dock's FC (Teesside League) before moving on to South Bank St Peters FC. Wilf then signed amateur forms, then professional forms with Middlesbrough FC in September 1936. He continued to play for the team in the early years of the war while serving in the Auxiliary Fire Service before being called up, he appeared as a guest for both Tottenham Hotspur FC and AFC Bournemouth. He also appeared with the South African club Peninsular of Johannesburg whilst serving in that country.  After returning from the war, Mannion clashed with Boro in 1948 over the contract system which he said chained players to their clubs, often for a pittance. Despite Arsenal FC wanting him, he demanded a move to Oldham Athletic FC, but bosses at the Teesside club put a record £25,000 price tag on him. So Mannion went on strike. He returned to the Middlesbrough side six months later. Wilf retired at the end of the 1953-54 season having played 341 league matches, scoring 99 times. In December that year he returned to the game when he signed for Hull City AFC who paid Middlesbrough, who still held his registration, the then considerable sum of £4,500. He played sixteen league matches, scoring once. After some hard-hitting articles that Mannion wrote in his Sunday newspaper columns,  he was suspended by the Football League who sought to make an example of him but, undeterred, Mannion took his talents into non league football with Poole Town FC in the summer of 1955. He later joined Cambridge United FC (Eastern Counties League) where his presence doubled attendances and before moving on to serve Kings Lynn FC and Haverhill Rovers FC.

Club honours None
Individual honours Football League (seven appearances)
Distinctions He was awarded the Freedom of Redcar and Cleveland.  The South Bank FC ground in Normanby Road is now a Community facility aptly named Golden Boy Green.

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

England Career

Player number One of nine who became the 655th player (662) to appear for England.
Position(s) Inside left/right
First match No. 227, 28 September 1946, Ireland 2 England 7, a British Championship match at Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast, aged 28 years 135 days.
Last match No. 265, 3 October 1951, England 2 France 2, a Festival of Britain friendly match at Arsenal Stadium, Highbury, London, aged 33 years 140 days.
Major tournaments World Cup Finals 1950;
Team honours None
Individual honours England war-time (four appearances), England B (two appearances), Great Britain (one appearance)
Distinctions Wilf's parents were Irish, so Wilf could have played for the Ireland national team.

Beyond England

The Second World War interrupted his career and he went to serve with the Green Howards 7th Battalion in Africa, Italy, Palestine, and then evacuated from Dunkirk. He took employment as a sales representative in Oldham during his strike in 1948. On his retirement in 1954, Boro held on to his registration, Wilf took employment as a columnist with a Sunday newspaper and penned a series of hard hitting articles in which he criticised the England selectors, the Football Association and club directors, opinions which were totally unheard of in the game at that time and, in the view of officialdom, gave more fuel to his rebellious reputation.  He later ran the The Pied Piper pub in Stevenage and worked on an assembly line at Vauxhall Motors plant at Luton, he returned to the game as player manager of Lancashire Combination club Earlestown FC on October 15th 1960. He returned to Teesside a year later who became the a lbourer for ICI. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.167.

 

Wilf Mannion - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Starts Sub on Sub off Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Pens Capt. Disc.
28+ 26 11 26 0 1 2261 11 206 min 8 1 none none
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.  The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.

 

Wilf Mannion - Match Record - All Matches
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 11 5 4 2 31 18 +13 1 2 2.818 1.636 63.6 +3
Away 13 12 0 1 51 12 +39 1 5 3.923 0.923 92.3 +11
Neutral 2 1 0 1 2 1 +2 1 1 1.00 0.50 50.0 =0
All 26 18 4 4 84 31 +53 3 8 3.231 1.192 76.9 +14

 

Wilf Mannion - Match Record - By Colour of Shirt
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
White - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Blue - - - - - - - - - - - - -
All 26 18 4 4 84 31 +53 3 8 3.231 1.192 76.9 +14

 

Wilf Mannion - Match Record - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L

WCP

1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 0 1 1.00 0.00 100.0 +1
WCF 2 1 0 1 2 1 +1 1 1 1.00 0.50 50.0 =0
World Cup 3 2 0 1 3 1 +2 1 2 1.00 0.333 66.7 +1
British Championship 9 6 2 1 27 11 +16 0 3 3.00 1.222 77.8 +5

Note that the 1949-50 records of the World Cup Preliminaries and British Championships are duplicated, and one set is therefore deducted from the grand total.

Friendly 15 11 2 2 55 19 +36 2 4 3.667 1.267 80.0 +9
All 26 18 4 4 84 31 +53 3 8 3.231 1.192 76.9 +14

 

Wilf Mannion - Match Record - Tournament Matches
World Cup Preliminary Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WCP/BC 1949-50 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 0 1 1.00 0.00 100.0 +1
WCP All 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 0 1 1.00 0.00 100.0 +1
World Cup Final Tournaments
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WCF 1950 2 1 0 1 2 1 +1 1 1 1.00 0.50 50.0 =0
WCF All 2 1 0 1 2 1 +1 1 1 1.00 0.50 50.0 =0
World Cup
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WC/BC 1949-50 3 2 0 1 3 1 +2 1 2 1.00 0.333 66.7 +1
WC All 3 2 0 1 3 1 +2 1 2 1.00 0.333 66.7 +1
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1946-47 3 2 1 0 11 3 +8 0 1 3.667 1.00 83.3 +2
BC 1947-48 2 1 1 0 5 2 +3 0 1 2.50 1.00 75.0 +1
BC/WCP 1949-50 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 0 1 1.00 0.00 100.0 +1
BC 1950-51 3 2 0 1 10 6 +4 0 0 3.333 2.00 66.7 +1
BC All 9 6 2 1 27 11 +16 0 3 3.00 1.222 77.8 +5
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WC 3 2 0 1 3 1 +2 1 2 1.00 0.333 66.7 +1
BC 9 6 2 1 27 11 +16 0 3 3.00 1.222 77.8 +5

Note that the 1949-50 records of the World Cup Preliminaries and British Championships are duplicated, and one set is therefore deducted from the grand total.

All 11 7 3 2 29 12 +17 1 4 2.636 1.091 77.3 +5

 

Wilf Mannion - Match History
 Club: Middlesbrough F.C. - 26 full caps

Coach: Walter Winterbottom - 26 full capsx

Age 28
1 227 28 September 1946 - Ireland 2 England 7, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AW Start 7, 28, 61 10
2 228 30 September 1946 - Ireland 0 England 1, Dalymount Park, Dublin Fr AW Start 10
3 229 13 November 1946 - England 3 Wales 0, Maine Road, Manchester BC HW Start 8, 16 10
4 230 27 November 1946 - England 8 Netherlands 2, Leeds Road, Huddersfield Fr HW Start 34 10
5 231 12 April 1947 - England 1 Scotland 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley BC HD Start 10
6 232 3 May 1947 - England 3 France 0, Arsenal Stadium, Highbury Fr HW Start 64 10
Age 29
7 233 18 May 1947 - Switzerland 1 England 0, Hardturm Sportplatz, Zürich tour AL Start 10
8 234 25 May 1947 - Portugal 0 England 10, Estádio Nacional, Lisboa AW Start 10
9 235 21 September 1947 - Belgium 2 England 5, Stade du Heysel, Bruxelles Fr AW Start 10
10 236 18 October 1947 - Wales 0 England 3, Ninian Park, Cardiff BC AW Start 10
11 237 5 November 1947 - England 2 Ireland 2, Goodison Park, Liverpool BC HD Start 84 10
12 238 19 November 1947 - England 4 Sweden 2, Arsenal Stadium, Highbury Fr HW Start 10
Age 30
13 240 16 May 1948 - Italy 0 England 4, Stadio Comunale di Torino, Torino Fr AW Start 10
- 246 13 May 1949 - Sweden 3 England 1, Råsunda Fotbollstadion, Solna tour AL squad/unused
1 b 14 May 1949 - Finland 0 England B 4, Helsinki AW Start 10
Age 31
14 247 18 May 1949 - Norway 1 England 4, Ullevål Stadion, Oslo tour AW Start 10
15 248 22 May 1949 - France 1 England 3, Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Paris AW Start 10
16 249 21 September 1949 - England 0 Republic of Ireland 2, Goodison Park, Liverpool Fr HL Start 10
2 b 22 February 1950 - England B 1 Netherlands 0, St James' Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne Fr HW Start 10
17 253 15 April 1950 - Scotland 0 England 1, Hampden Park, Glasgow WCP
/BC
AW Start 8
18 254 14 May 1950 - Portugal 3 England 5, Estádio Nacional, Lisboa tour AW Start 10
Age 32
19 255 18 May 1950 - Belgium 1 England 4, Stade du Heysel, Bruxelles tour AW Start 84 10
20 256 25 June 1950 - England 2 Chile 0, Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho, Rio WCF NW Start 51 8
21 257 29 June 1950 - USA 1 England 0, Estádio Raimundo Sampaio, Belo Horizonte NL Start 8
- 258 2 July 1950 - Spain 1 England 0, Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho, Rio NL squad/unused
22 259 7 October 1950 - Ireland 1 England 4, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AW Start 8
23 260 15 November 1950 - England 4 Wales 2, Roker Park Ground, Sunderland BC HW Start 66 8
24 261 22 November 1950 - England 2 Yugoslavia 2, Arsenal Stadium, Highbury Fr HD Start 8
25 262 14 April 1951 - England 2 Scotland 3, Empire Stadium, Wembley BC HL Start inj. off 11 8
Age 33
26 265 3 October 1951 - England 2 France 2, Arsenal Stadium, Highbury Fr HD Start 8

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