Mick Sullivan, English rugby league footballer, Died at 82


Michael “Mick” Sullivan was born on January 12, 1934, and died on April 5, 2016.

He was an English professional Rugby League World Cup winning footballer.

He was known during the 1950s and ’60s.

Mick set the record for the most appearances for the Great Britain Lions with 46.

That particular record has been matched (by Garry Schofield) but never overtaken.

Mick Sullivan was drafted to play for England while at Huddersfield in 1955 against Other Nationalities and in 1956 against France.

He represented Great Britain while at Huddersfield between 1952 and 1956 against France (2 non-Test matches).

Mick Sullivan was the winner of the caps for Great Britain while at Huddersfield in 1954 against France (2 matches), New Zealand, and Australia, in 1955 against New Zealand (3 matches), in 1956 against Australia (3 matches), in 1957 against France (3 matches), France, Australia, New Zealand, while at Wigan against France (2 matches), in 1958 against France, Australia (3 matches), and New Zealand (2 matches), in 1959 against France (2 matches), and Australia (3 matches), in 1960 against France (3 matches), France, New Zealand, and Australia, while at St. Helens in 1961 against France, and New Zealand (2 matches), in 1962 against France (3 matches), Australia (3 matches), and New Zealand, and while at York in 1963 against Australia (World Cup 1954 3-caps, 1-try, 1957 3-caps, 3-tries, 1960 3-caps, 1-try).

Then, he was signed by Wigan for a record fee of £9,500 in 1957 (based on increases in average earnings, this would be approximately £480,900 in 2013).

He represented Great Britain & France in the 37–31 victory over New Zealand at Carlaw Park, Auckland on 3 July 1957.

Mick Sullivan played Left-wing in Wigan’s 13-9 victory over Workington Town in the 1957–58 Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday, May 10, 1958.

In 1960, he scored a try against Australia, when he became the only British player to win the World Cup twice.

He was later signed by St. Helens in 1961 for a new world record fee of £11,000.

(which was based on increases in average earnings, this would be approximately £484,000 in 2013).

Sullivan played his first game for St. Helens in January 1961.

During his time at St. Helens, Sullivan played for England in 1962 against France.

Mick Sullivan relocated to Australia and captain-coached the Junee team in the Group 9 competition in southern New South Wales for 3 years from 1966 until 1968.

Mick Sullivan passed away at 82 yrs old.