An England schoolboy international, Mullen chose to join Wolves rather than his home town club Newcastle United.
It proved the Geordies’ loss as the left-winger spent over 20 seasons at Molineux. He was given his debut by manager Frank Buckley when only 16. He played in the 5–0 FA Cup semi-final win over Grimsby in 1939 at the same age but was not chosen for the final. However, he was a key member of the side who reached Wembley again ten years later and beat Leicester City 3–1. By that time, Mullen had played for England and in 1950 made history by becoming his country’s first substitute in a full international. For good measure he score in a 4–1 win over Belgium. He played in both the 1950 and 1954 World Cup finals. He helped Wolves in 1954 become champions of England when the wing play of him on the left and Johnny Hancocks on the right was a feature of the side. He was also a regular member of the team who again won the title in 1957–8 and 1958–9.
Date of birth: January 6, 1923, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Died, October 23, 1987.
Years with Club: 1937 to 1959.
Club signed from: Joined as trainee.
International caps: 12 for England (6 goals). 2 wartime internationals, 1 Victory international.