Jimmy McMullan

Born: 26th March 1895, Denny, Stirlingshire.
Died: 28th November 1964, Sheffield.
Position: Left-half.
Height: 5ft 5in.
Weight: 11st.

Playing Career

Partick Thistle: November 1913.
Maidstone United: June 1921 as player-manager.
Partick Thistle: June 1923.
Manchester City: February 1926 (£ 4,700).

Managerial Career

Manager: Oldham Athletic, May 1933 - May 1934.
Manager: Aston Villa, May 1934 - October 1936.
Manager: Notts County, November 1936 - December 1937.
Manager: Sheffield Wednesday, December 1937 - April 1942.


Scotland International: 16 caps.
Division Two champions: 1928.
FA Cup runners-up: 1936, 1933.

Jimmy McMullan was one of the best half-backs of his generation. The highlight of his 16 games for Scotland was when he captained the ‘ Wembley Wizards’ in their 5-1 victory over England in 1928. During his time at Manchester City, they were twice, defeated cup-finalists but McMullan retired in 1933 and missed the opportunity of winning a cup-winners’ medal when City won the FA Cup in 1934.

McMullan arrived at Hillsborough in December 1937. In the previous season they had been relegated from the First Division and their performance in the Second Division showed no improvement, by the beginning of November Wednesday were at the foot of the table.

McMullan managed to improve things and Wednesday ended the 1937-38 season safe from a second season’ s relegation. In the 1938-39 season Wednesday made a sustained bid for promotion but at the end of the day the second promotion place went to Sheffield United. After the outbreak of war, the 1939-40 season was abandoned and though Wednesday kept McMullan on as a part-time manager, they terminated his contract in 1942. McMullan was lost to the game without having the opportunity to demonstrate whether the promising start he had made as manager would have progressed.

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