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 Post subject: THE SHAYMAN COMETH
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MIchael Edwin Bullock was born in Stoke on Trent in 1946. His two older brothers, Brian and Peter, were both footballers, Brian an amateur with West Brom and Stoke, Peter played for Stoke before joining Birmingham in 1962. Micky was a centre forward and played in the Stoke Boys team which won the England Schools trophy in 1962, he also played for England under 15's against Wales, Northern Ireland and West Germany.

Micky joined his brother at Birmingham in 1962 as an apprentice, and in January 1964, at the age of 17, manager Gil Merrick threw Micky into the deep end as a replacement for Jimmy Bloomfield and played Micky against Manchester United, at Old Trafford. The United team that day was: David Gaskell, Tony Dunne, Noel Cantwell, Paddy Crerand, Bill Foulkes, Maurice Setters, David Herd, Graham Moore, David Sadler, Denis Law and George Best. Birmingham's team was: Colin Withers, Stan Lynn, Ray Martin, Terry Hennessey, Trevor Smith, Malcolm Beard, Geoff Anderson, Alex Harley, Micky Bullock, Bobby Thomson and Bertie Auld. Birmingham won 2-1 in front of 45,000; Harley and Bullock scored for Birmingham, Sadler replying for United. To put the result into context, United ended the season runners up to champions Liverpool, they also reached the European Cup Winners Cup Quarter Finals, losing to Sporting Lisbon, also reaching the FA Cup semi finals, losing to West Ham. Denis Law ended the season top scorer with 46 goals.

Bullock played the next match against Burnley but didn't play again in the first team that season. Birmingham sacked Gil Merrick in the summer and replaced him with Joe Mallett. He didn't pick Bullock until January, again against Burnley, he played 6 more games that season, his brother Peter left for Southend and later played for Colchester and Walsall. Birmingham were relegated in 1965 and early the following season they appointed Stan Cullis as their new manager. He picked Bullock 4 times, scoring 2 goals. In 1966-67, Micky scored 8 goals in 18 games.

During the summer of 1967, Micky signed for Oxford United for a £10,000 fee. Manager Arthur Turner had taken Oxford from the Southern League to Division 3 and star players were Ron and Graham Atkinson. Micky scored 16 goals in 50 games as Oxford won the Division 3 title. The 1968-69 season was a struggle for Oxford, Micky scored 2 goals in 15 games and was transferred to Orient in Division 3 for £8,000.

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Orient had been struggling financially, they had been known as Leyton Orient until 1966 when local government changes in London saw Leyton absorbed into Waltham, Orient also changed their club colours from blue to red. In 1968, they appointed Jimmy Bloomfield as player manager and he signed Micky Bullock as Orient fought a relegation battle from Division 3. Micky's new team mates included Terry Mancini, who later played for QPR, Arsenal and Ireland; Dennis Rofe, who later played for Leicester, Chelsea & Southampton; Tommy Taylor, who joined West Ham and played alongside Bobby Moore and the former West Ham, Chelsea and England winger Peter Brabrook. Micky scored 6 goals in 35 games and Orient finished 2 points above the relegation zone.

1969-70 ended with Orient as Division 3 champions, Micky scored 19 goals in 46 games.

In 1970-71, Orient struggled against relegation and Micky scored 5 goals in 46 games, Jimmy Bloomfield left for Leicester City and was replaced by former Crystal Palace coach George Petchey. He brought with some former Palace players and also signed Ian Bowyer from Manchester City, Ian later played for Nottingham Forest in their league title team in 1978 and the European Cup winning teams in 1979 and 1980. 1971-72 was again a relegation battle and Micky scored 13 goals in 48 games, however, they did reach the FA Cup Quarter Finals, winning at Leicester and at home to Chelsea, then losing to Arsenal, who lost to some team from Yorkshire in the final.

In 1972-73, they finished 15th, Micky scored 4 goals in 33 games. One of his new team mates that season was a former Frickley player, Derrick Downing, who arrived from Middlesbrough.

In 1973, George Petchey brought former Tottenham and Crystal Palace boss Arthur Rowe to the Orient as a consultant, it paid dividends as Orient were involved in a promotion battle right up to the bitter end. They needed a win in their last game against Aston Villa, Bullock had already scored and the score was 1-1 in the last minute, Bullock had a shot which was tipped over the bar by the Villa keeper and that was that. Orient finished 4th and Carlisle went up instead. Micky scored 18 goals in 49 games.

1974-75 must have been a strange one for Orient fans. Orient played 42 games and drew 20, they also scored only 28 goals all season, conceding only 39. They finished 12th. Micky scored 3 goals in 31 games. Petchey started to bring through some youngsters and Tony Grealish, Laurie Cunningham and Glenn Roeder all made their debuts. Orient held QPR to a draw in the League Cup and held Derby to a draw in the FA Cup, losing both replays. Derby were League champions that season.

During the 1975-76, Micky played 20 games scoring 1 goal. His last game for Orient was in February 1976 against Bristol City, a week later he was playing for Halifax against Brighton in Division 3.

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Halifax were fighting a relegation battle. They had just sacked John Quinn and replaced him with former manager Alan Ball senior. Ball signed Bullock and former Huddersfield midfielder Jimmy McGill, and though they beat champions Hereford at Edgar Street, Halifax were still relegated, Micky played 16 games without scoring.

1976-77 ended with Halifax seeking re-election, Halifax were successful but Workington were not, and Southern League Wimbledon took their place. Bullock played 49 games, scoring 9 goals.

Early in 1977-78, Ball was replaced by Jimmy Lawson, who appointed Bullock as coach. Micky still played, scoring 9 goals in 40 games. Halifax avoided re-election on goal difference and Southport were voted out, to be replaced by Wigan Athletic.

In 1978-79, Lawson was sacked (though he stayed on as a player), he was replaced by former Halifax manager George Kirby, again Halifax had to seek re-election and Bullock called it a day as a player, after 3 goals in 13 games.

1979-80 saw one of Halifax's most famous results, beating Manchester City in the FA Cup 1-0, Paul Hendrie scoring the winner. Halifax ended the season in 18th. In 1980-81, Halifax ended up again in the re-election zone, though they did sign Bobby Davison from Huddersfield.

In 1981, Bullock replaced Kirby as manager. Halifax ended the 1981-82 season in 19th. Early in the 1982-83 season, Halifax lost to Derby in the League Cup, Bobby Davison scored 3 goals in those 2 games and later in the season, Derby signed him. Halifax lost to North Shields from the Northern League in the FA Cup, but finished the season in 11th. 1983-84 ended with Halifax yet again back in the re-election zone, they also lost to another Northern League side, Whitby Town, in the FA Cup. During the summer of 1984, Micky signed Ces Podd from Bradford City, Simon Lowe from Barnsley and former Manchester United and Ireland keeper, Paddy Roche. Budget cuts had been enforced and 2 weeks after getting knocked out of the League Cup by Tottenham, Halifax sacked Micky Bullock.

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Micky went to work for Pennine Radio, commentating on Halifax and Bradford City games, he was in the commentary box on that ill fated day when Bradford City played Lincoln City at the end of the 1984-85 season.

He later managed Goole Town in the NPL and arrived at Ossett Town in 1987. After he left us in 1991, he did some scouting for Hereford United, Portsmouth and Crystal Palace. He worked in insurance and still kept an interest in his old clubs, he was interviewed by the authors of the official history of Leyton Orient and I know he was well aware of what was happening with Ossett Town during Gary Brook's reign.

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books consulted include books about Birmingham City by Tony Matthews, Oxford United by Martin Brodetsky, Leyton Orient by Neilson Kaufman and Alan Ravenhill and Halifax Town by Johnny Meynell. Other books consulted as mentioned on other threads.

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MICK'S MANAGERS

Gilbert Merrick was born in Sparkhill, Birmingham 1922. A goalkeeper, he joined Birmingham City in 1939 from Solihull Town and served as an Army PTI, playing 170 games in war time football, then played in 551 games for Birmingham in peacetime football until retiring in 1960. He played for England 23 times, including the two games v Hungary in 1953-54, when he conceded 13 goals. Birmingham won the Division 2 titles in 1948 and 1955, reached the FA Cup final in 1956 losing to Man City and the final of the Inter Cities Fairs Cup in 1958, losing to Barcelona. In 1960, Gil took over as Birmingham City manager and they again reached the final of the Fairs Cup in 1961, losing to AS Roma. They also won the League Cup in 1963 beating Aston Villa. After he was sacked in 1964, he worked as a personnel manager for a sales firm and also managed Bromsgrove Rovers and Atherstone Town. Gil's son Neil played for AFC Bournemouth.

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Joseph Mallett was born in Gateshead in 1915. He was a wing half and played for Dunston Colliery Welfare, joining Charlton Athletic in 1935. He later played for QPR, Southampton and Leyton Orient. After coaching Nottingham Forest, Joe was appointed Birmingham City manager in 1964, they were relegated in 1965 and in December 1965 he was replaced by Stan Cullis, though Joe stayed on as assistant manager. In 1970, Joe took over the Greek side Panionios, then he coached Appollon before returning to Panionios. After the collapse of the Greek military junta in 1974, after the invasion of Cyprus by Turkey, Joe was arrested for a short time (apparently all football managers were appointed by the Greek Colonels :? ) but was soon released and he later spent a number of years in the USA, coaching New York Cosmos, Washington Diplomats and San Jose Earthquakes. He returned to England and scouted for Southampton, he retired to Sussex and died in St Leonards in 2004.

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Stanley Cullis was born in Ellesmere Port in 1915. A centre half, he played for Ellesmere Port Wednesday, joining Wolves in 1934, whose manager was Major Frank Buckley. Stan played 12 times for England and played in the 1939 FA Cup final. During the war, Stan was also an Army PTI and played another 20 games for England in unofficial war time internationals. He retired from playing in 1947 and after a year as assistant manager to Ted Vizard, he became manager in 1948, winning the FA Cup in 1949. Wolves won the League title in 1954, 1958 and 1959; the FA Cup again in 1960, the Central League title in 1951, 1952, 1953, 1958 and 1959 and the FA Youth Cup in 1958. Stan was a pioneer of floodlit and European football, Wolves played prestigious fixtures against Argentinian sides Racing Club and San Lorenzo, Russian sides Moscow Spartak and Moscow Dynamo, top Hungarian outfit Honved, West German club Borussia Dortmund and Spanish clubs Valencia and Real Madrid. In actual European competition, Wolves didn't do so well and lost to Schalke 04, Barcelona and Rangers. Stan was sacked in 1964 and after a short spell as a journalist, returned to football in December 1965, managing Birmingham City. They reached the League Cup semi finals in 1967 and the FA Cup semi finals in 1968, but left Birmingham in 1970 and returned to journalism. He died in 2001.

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Arthur Turner was born in Chesterton, Staffordshire in 1909. A centre half, he played for Wolstanton PSA and Downing's Tilleries before joining Stoke City in 1930. Stoke won the Division 2 title in 1933 and he played alongside the young Stan Matthews before joining Birmingham in 1939. He joined Southport in 1948 and later became player manager of Crewe Alexandra. After a couple of years back at Stoke as a coach, he was appointed Birmingham manager in 1954, winning the Division 2 title in 1955, reaching the FA Cup final in 1956 and entered the Fairs Cup, reaching the final in 1958. Turner left Birmingham in late 1958 after a dispute with the board over his assistant manager, Pat Beasley. He thought Pat was meant to run the reserves, the board thought Pat should be joint first team manager. Turner later took over Southern League club Headington United, persuading the board to change the club's name to Oxford United. They won the Southern League title in 1961 and 1962 and replaced Accrington Stanley in the Football League. Oxford won promotion from Division 4 in 1965 and the Division 3 title in 1968, but after a poor start to their Division 2 campaign, Turner was moved upstairs to General Manager and Ron Saunders was brought in as team manager. Oxford sacked Turner in 1972 and he later worked as Chief Scout for Rotherham United and Sheffield United. He died in 1994.

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James Bloomfield was born in Kensington, London in 1934. an inside forward, he played for Hayes, joining Brentford in 1952. He later played for Arsenal, Birmingham City, West Ham United, Plymouth Argyle until his appointment as Orient's player manager in 1968. Orient won the Division 3 title in 1970 and Jimmy joined Leicester City as manager in 1971, he signed Frank Worthington from Huddersfield in 1972 and with the likes of Keith Weller and Alan Birchenall, Leicester were amongst the most entertaining sides in the 70's, though Leicester never finished higher than 7th (1976) and reached the FA Cup semi finals in 1974. Jimmy returned to Orient in 1977 and took them to the FA Cup semi finals in 1978, but he stepped down in 1981 after being diagnosed with a heart condition, he did some scouting for Luton Town but died at his home in Chingford, Essex in 1983 aged 49.

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George Petchey was born in Whitechapel, London in 1931. A wing half, he played for West Ham United, Queens Park Rangers and Crystal Palace before injury ended his career in 1963. He joined the coaching staff at Selhurst Park, making his name through their youth policy as they rose from Division 3 to Division 1. George took over as Orient manager in 1971, reaching the FA cup quarter finals in 1972, missing out on promotion by one point in 1974 and winning the Anglo Scottish Cup in 1977, beating Nottingham Forest. Orient sacked Petchey later in 1977 and he took over at Millwall but was sacked after they were relegated. He later coached Brighton. I think his son was a tennis player, but I can't be bothered looking for that on the interweb.

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James Alan Ball aka Alan Ball senior was born in Farnworth, Lancashire in 1924. An inside forward, he played for Southport, Birmingham City, Oldham Athletic and Rochdale. He began in management with Oswestry Town, Welsh side Borough United, Ashton United and Nantwich Town. Was working as a coach at Stoke City while his son was winning a World Cup winners medal in 1966. Took over the Halifax Town manager's role in 1967 and won promotion from Division 4 in 1969. He joined Preston North End as manager and won the Division 3 title in 1971. He left Deepdale in 1973 and later managed Southport before returning to Halifax in February 1976. Relegated back to Division 4, then had to seek re-election in 1977, Ball was replaced by Jimmy Lawson in November 1977. Ball later coached in Sweden and scouted for Blackpool and was coaching in Cyprus in 1982 when he died in a car accident.

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James Lawson was born in Middlesbrough in 1947, a midfielder, he started out at Ayresome Park, joining Huddersfield Town in 1968 and winning promotion to Division One in 1970. He was sacked by Huddersfield in 1971 after a breach of contract, but re-instated and 3 relegations later, Huddersfield were in Division 4 when he transferred to Halifax in 1976. He took over from Alan Ball but was sacked in October 1978, though he continued as a player until leaving in 1979. What he did after that is not known, though his son, Ian, later played for Huddersfield and Bury, amongst others.

George Kirby was born in Liverpool in 1933. A centre forward, he played for Everton, Sheffield Wednesday, Plymouth Argyle, Southampton, Coventry City, Swansea Town, Walsall, Brentford and the American side, New York Generals. He was appointed Halifax manager in 1970 and in 1971, Halifax beat Manchester United in the Watney Cup, not long after that, George joined Watford as manager, but they were relegated in 1972 and he spent some time in Iceland before returning to Halifax in 1978. He managed Halifax to another famous cup victory, this time over Manchester City, but he was sacked in 1981. He died in 2000.

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so there you have it, I'm sure all of those managers and their coaches and assistants had their influence on Micky, and we reaped the benefit between 1987 and 1991. He didn't want to leave Ossett Town, but the off the field problems were a major factor and the committee wanted a clean sweep. There is a myth that it wasn't Micky's team at all and that it was Dave Leadbeater and/or Ces Podd who brought the players to the club, may be that is true, but it was still Micky who had to manage that team and turn them into a team which won league titles and cups. Leadbeater and Podd were great players, great coaches and great talent scouts, but great managers are a different breed.

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what I should also have mentioned in the Stan Cullis piece is that Wolves had a nursery team based in South Yorkshire for many years. They were called Wath Wanderers and they played in Brampton, near Wath on Dearne, they were run by a former Sheffield Wednesday player called Mark Crooks, though I don't know what league they played in. In the late 1960's, Wolves had a team in the Northern Intermediate League, I'm assuming there would be some connection with Wath Wanderers. Many Football League players passed through Wath Wanderers in the early part of their careers, not all went to Wolves. Some went to other clubs, like Terry Cooper, who joined Leeds United.

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it might help if I actually read the books on my shelf, Mark Crook played for Wombwell, Blackpool, Swindon, Wolves and Luton. He formed Wath Wanderers in the 1940's and they took over the Brampton Welfare ground.

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