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Jock Mulraney
Personal information
Full name Ambrose Mulraney
Date of birth May 18, 1916
Place of birth    Wishaw, Scotland
Date of death    2001 (aged about 85)
Place of death    Kinver, England
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Winger
Youth career
Wishaw White Rose
Carluke Rovers
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1933–1935
1935–1936
1936–1945
1945–1947
1947–1948
1948
1948–1949
1949–1952
Celtic
Dartford
Ipswich Town
Birmingham City
Shrewsbury Town
Kidderminster Harriers
Aston Villa
Cradley Heath
00 00(0)

60 0(18)
27 00(8)

0? 00(0)
12 00(2)   
Teams managed
1949–1952
1952–1953
Cradley Heath (player-manager)
Brierley Hill Alliance

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Ambrose "Jock" Mulraney (May 18, 1916 – 2001) was a Scottish professional footballer who played as a winger. He played for Ipswich Town in their first season in the Football League, for Birmingham City in wartime football and in the Football League Second Division, and for Aston Villa in the top flight.

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Biography

Mulraney was born in Wishaw, North Lanarkshire, Scotland. He was a small man of slight build,[1] with considerable pace and trickery,[2] whose preferred position was outside-right, but he was also capable of playing on the left wing. He began his football career with junior clubs Wishaw White Rose and Carluke Rovers, and had a trial for Scotland schoolboys, before joining Celtic in 1933. Unable to break into the first team at Celtic, he had trials at a variety of clubs both within Scotland and outside it[3] before moving to England to join Southern League Dartford in 1935.

A year later he moved to Ipswich Town, then also in the Southern League, and helped them to the 1936–37 championship. The following season Ipswich finished third in the Southern League and successfully applied for election to the Football League, where they were placed in the Third Division South. Mulraney was only able to play one full league season for Ipswich before the Second World War intervened. He scored their first ever away goal in the Football League, the only goal of the game at Walsall in August 1938, and their first ever Football League hat-trick, in the 4–0 win over Bristol City on April 8, 1939.[1]

Mulraney served in the RAF during the war as a PT Instructor, reaching the rank of Flight Sergeant.[2] His military service did not prevent him playing in the wartime football competitions, in which he made guest appearances for no less than twelve clubs.[4] From 1943–44 onwards he was able to play regularly for Birmingham City, where he scored 41 goals in 118 appearances in wartime football. On demobilisation from the RAF in October 1945, he joined the club permanently for a fee of £3,750.[2] That season he contributed to the club winning the championship of the Football League South and scored seven goals in their run to the semi-final of the first post-war FA Cup.[5]

In July 1947 he joined Shrewsbury Town, where he won a Midland League championship medal,[6] and a year later joined Southern League Kidderminster Harriers.[7] Two months later, in September 1948, he signed for First Division Aston Villa, where he ended his Football League career. He then tried his hand at management with Cradley Heath in the Birmingham & District League, where he had three years as player-manager, and in 1952 with Birmingham & District League champions Brierley Hill Alliance.

Mulraney suffered a heart attack in 1968 from which he recovered.[2] He settled in Kinver, Staffordshire, where he died in the summer of 2001[4] at the age of 85.

Honours

References

  1. ^ a b "Ambrose Mulraney". Pride of Anglia (an Ipswich Town resource). http://www.tmwmtt.com/sql/players/profile.phtml?fullname=Ambrose%20Mulraney. Retrieved 2007-09-07.  
  2. ^ a b c d Tony Matthews (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Breedon Books. pp. 113. ISBN 1-85983-010-2.  
  3. ^ Neil Kaufman (2003-08-05). "Morrell-Newey". LOFC Online (a Leyton Orient fansite). http://leytonorient.rivals.net/default.asp?sid=960&p=2&stid=8316918. Retrieved 2007-09-07.   Online information sourced from author's book:
    Neilson N. Kaufman; assisted by Alan E. Ravenhill (2002-07-01). The Men Who Made Leyton Orient Football Club. Tempus Publishing. ISBN 9780752424125.  
  4. ^ a b "Mulraney, Ambrose (Jock) "Mull"". Aston Villa Players Database. http://web.telia.com/~u27301997/978.html. Retrieved 2007-09-07.  
  5. ^ Matthews, p. 240.
  6. ^ Richard Rundle. "Shrewsbury Town". Football Club History Database. http://www.fchd.info/SHREWSBT.HTM. Retrieved 2007-09-07.  
  7. ^ "Kidderminster Harriers Results 1948-1949". St@tto's Kidderminster Harriers Site. http://www.kidderminsterharriers.com/harriers/results.php?season=1949. Retrieved 2007-09-11.  

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