Full name Albert Thomas Mullard
Date of birth 22 November 1920
Place of birth Tamworth, England
Date of death 27 May 1984 (aged 63)
Place of death Bilston, England
Playing position Right-half / Inside forward
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Hinckley United (?)
1938–1949 Walsall 67 (13)
1949–1950 Crewe Alexandra 44 (14)
1950–1951 Stoke City 21 (3)
1951–1956 Port Vale 163 (22)
Northwich Victoria ? (?)
Wednesbury Tube ? ?
TOTAL 295+ (52+)
Albert Mullard was born to Albert Ernest Mullard and Sarah Mullard (who outlived all three of her sons, Albert, Eric and Arthur) on 22 November 1920. His father died whilst Mullard was in his teens, which was possibly due to wounds sustained during the First World War, having been wounded three times during his service in the South Wales Borderers and then the Machine Gun Corps.
He signed for Walsall in 1938 but as with many young men at that time, his career would be interupted by War! Mullard worked as a labourer at a brickworks, but enlisted in the Royal Marines on 24 September 1940. He was posted to North Africa and was eventually sent to Crete as part of MNDBO1 (Marine Naval Base Defence Organisation). He participated in the Battle of Crete in May 1941 and was captured by German Mountain Troops on 31 May 1941 while fighting in the rearguard action to defend the British evacuation at Sfakia.
He was moved to mainland Europe after his capture, spending time at Stalag III-D at Steglitz (suburb of Berlin) then transferred to Stalag IV-D at Torgau, before being liberated by US troops in April 1945.I cannot find any information of him being decorated for his wartime activities! During his captivity in Germany he regularly corresponded via letter with his future wife, née Mary Rickuss who he had met briefly at a family function prior to his enlistment. Whilst a POW he played football for a Royal Marine side after his mother sent him his football boots in a Red Cross parcel. On his return to the United Kingdom he contemplated staying in the Marines, but married Mary Rickuss and embarked on a career as a professional footballer.
Mullard, a “good all-round player”, played for Hinckley United, before entering the Football League with Harry Hibbs’s Walsall in the 1946–47 season. The “Saddlers” finished fifth in the Third Division South in 1946–47, third in 1947–48, and 14th in 1948–49. In his three years at Fellows Park, he scored 13 goals in 61 league games. In June 1949 he joined Arthur Turner’s Crewe Alexandra, but left Gresty Road after the “Railwaymen” posted a seventh place finish in the Third Division North in 1949–50 season.
Stoke City manager Bob McGrory paid £8,000 to bring Mullard to the Victoria Ground in August 1950. He scored four goals in 16 games in1950–51, one each against Manchester United and Aston Villa, and two against rivals Port Vale in the FA Cup. He scored once in seven First Division games in 1951–52, before he and £10,000 were traded to Third Division South side Port Vale in September 1951, in exchange for Alan Martin.
Mullard was the “Valiants” leading scorer in the 1951–52 campaign with 13 goals in 35 games. Though signed by Ivor Powell, he remained a consistent first team player under new boss Freddie Steele. He scored seven goals in 43 appearances in 1952–53, as Vale finished second in the Third Division North. He was an ever-present during the 1953–54 campaign, as the club won the league title and reached the FA Cup semi-finals. He played at right-half throughout the campaign, and so only found the net once in 54 games. He scored once in 37 Second Division games in 1954–55, but only featured seven times in 1955–56 as he tore a groin muscle. He was transferred to Cheshire County League side Northwich Victoria in the summer of 1956. He later played in the Wolverhampton Works League for Wednesbury Tube.
Arthur Mullard passed away on the 27th May 1984 of Cancer, He left behind a wife and two daughters