FORMER Bradford City manager George Mulhall has died aged 81.

Having cut his teeth in charge of Halifax Town in 1972-74, initially as trainer-coach, the Scot was in charge at Valley Parade from 1978-81, replacing John Napier.

The Falkirk-born Scottish international, who guided City to fifth place in Division Four (now League Two) in his first full season at the helm, left the Bantams to take over at Bolton Wanderers.

Mulhall then had two further spells with the Shaymen between 1996 and 1998, getting them promoted back into the Football League alongside Kieran O'Regan.

As an outside left, Mulhall played 110 times for Aberdeen between 1953 and 1962, scoring 30 goals, and made 253 appearances for Sunderland from 1962-69, netting an impressive 55 times and playing in a a record 125 consecutive matches.

He was then sent on loan in 1967 to Vancouver Whitecaps in Canada and also played for Cape Town City in South Africa in 1969-71 before returning to his native Scotland, making a single appearance for Greenock Morton.

Mulhall's international debut was in October 1959 against Northern Ireland, and he was capped twice more.