NEWS: City legend Brian Bulless dies

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Former City winger Brian Bulless, who made more than 350 senior appearances for the club, has died at the age of 83.

His grandson Dan Lawrence announced the news via Twitter today.

Bulless was a local boy who joined the Tigers as a schoolboy in 1949 and made his debut as a 19 year old in April 1953, scoring the only goal in a 1-0 win over Southampton. Over the next three years he was guided gently into first team football and became a regular throughout the late 50s and early 60s, winning promotion from Division Three in 1959.

His team-mates regarded him highly, praising his capacity for hard work and his technical ability. In an era when players often only had one position, Bulless was also unusually versatile, able to play as a  midfielder or left back as well as an out and out winger.

He suffered a knee injury in 1963 against Reading and his comeback proved futile, lasting just two games. At the age of just 30, he was forced to retire after 326 league appearances, scoring 30 goals and a further 31 games in the two domestic cups.

At the time, manager Cliff Britton felt City were on the verge of something great and such was his high opinion of Bulless, he bought Ian Butler to replace him.

Bulless worked as a joiner after his playing career ended, retiring in 1998, and continued to support City for the remainder of his life, even promoting the No To Hull Tigers campaign in recent years. Our sympathy is with his family.

2 replies
  1. Michael Lamb
    Michael Lamb says:

    One of my very early heroes.
    I remember running onto the pitch after the Bury match in 1959.
    Made a beeline for Brian and slapped him on the back.
    Mud up to my knees, severe telling off when I got home.
    But WELL worth it!
    Prior to all the Premier league adventures, was always in my best City 11.
    Thank you Brian.

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