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Steve Bull : biography

28 March 1965 –

In May 2003, Bull appeared in a testimonial game for West Bromwich Albion’s Bob Taylor at The Hawthorns. He amused many of the Albion fans in attendance by dramatically falling to the ground when the chant went up, "Stand up if you hate the Wolves".

Bull is regarded as a legend at Wolves and one of the main stands at their home ground, Molineux, is named after him. This commemoration was made in June 2003, with the stand having previously being known as the John Ireland Stand.

On 29 July 2006, Bull made one final appearance for Wolves in his 20th anniversary testimonial game against Aston Villa at Molineux, playing the first seven minutes of the match.

International career

Bull was capped 13 times by England, and scored 4 goals, all coming in the build up to Italia 90. He scored his first goal on his debut after replacing an injured John Fashanu against Scotland on 27 May 1989, a low right footed shot to the net. Two more goals came in a friendly against Czechoslovakia in 1989–90, one of which was voted number 37 of England’s 50 Greatest Goals. His final England goal came against Tunisia, which earned him a place in Bobby Robson’s World Cup squad.

Despite starting his international career well, he did not score another goal for England after this. He played four times during Italia 90 – three times as a substitute against Republic of Ireland, Holland and Belgium and once as a starter against Egypt. His final match for England was on 17 October 1990 against Poland, but he was not picked again by his future Wolves manager, Graham Taylor.

Bull was still technically a Third Division player when he won his first two caps, at the end of the 1988-89 season, as Wolves had not yet played in Division Two after their promotion that season. He remains the last player to be capped by England from outside the top two tiers, and one of only five post-war players so honoured.The others were: Tommy Lawton, 4 caps while playing for Notts County in 1947-48, Reg Matthews, 5 caps while playing for Coventry City in 1955-56, Johnny Byrne, 1 cap while playing for Crystal Palace in 1961-62 and Peter Taylor, 4 caps while playing for Crystal Palace in 1975-76.

In total he scored nine goals in 23 appearances for his country at full, U-21 and "B" team levels.

Honours

  • 1988 Fourth Division Championship
  • 1988 Football League Trophy
  • 1989 Third Division Championship

Personal life

He is the cousin of West Bromwich born former footballer Gary Bull, who played for clubs including Barnet, Nottingham Forest and Birmingham City. Bull is one of a number of sporting and showbiz stars competing in the 2012 Silverstone Classic Celebrity Challenge race.

Career statistics

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup OtherIncludes other competitive competitions, including the Football League play-offs, Football League Trophy, Full Members Cup, Anglo-Italian Cup, FA Trophy Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
West Bromwich Albion 1985–86 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 0
1986–87 3 2 0 0 2 1 1 0 6 3
Total 4 2 0 0 2 1 3 0 9 3
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1986–87 30 15 0 0 0 0 7 4 37 19
1987–88 44 34 2 3 4 3 8 12 58 52
1988–89 45 37 1 0 2 2 7 11 55 50
1989–90 42 24 1 1 4 2 1 0 48 27
1990–91 43 26 1 0 2 0 2 1 48 27
1991–92 43 20 1 0 2 3 1 0 47 23
1992–93 36 16 2 1 2 1 2 1 42 19
1993–94 27 14 2 0 0 0 1 1 30 15
1994–95 31 16 2 0 3 2 3 1 39 19
1995–96 44 15 4 2 5 0 0 0 53 17
1996–97 43 23 1 0 2 0 2 0 48 23
1997–98 31 7 3 0 5 2 0 0 39 9
1998–99 15 3 0 0 2 3 0 0 17 6
Total 474 250 20 7 33 18 34 31 561 306
Hereford United 2000–01 6 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 7 2
Career total 484 254 20 7 35 19 38 31 577 311

Management career

On 21 February 2008, Bull entered management with Conference National side Stafford Rangers. He had previously worked as a coach at this level with Hereford United in the 2000–01 season and had completed his UEFA Pro B coaching licence in the years in between. The team were mired in the relegation zone at the time of his appointment and he was unable to prevent relegation.

However, he parted company with the club on 12 December 2008.