[Cartilage Free Captain (blog)] - Wilf Mannion: My third player of the immediate post-war era is probably the most obscure guy on my team. He began his career before WWII hit England, but the prime of his career was robbed by a stint with the army. Even so, the Middlesbrough inside
Wilf Mannion's story is a classic case of a footballing genius born at least half a century too early for his unique talent as a crowd pleaser to England: 26 caps, 11 goals
Clubs: Middlesbrough, Hull City
Wilfred ("Wilf") James Mannion (16 May April was an English professional footballer who played as an inside forward, making over 350 senior appearances for Middlesbrough. He also played international football for England. With his blond hair, he was nickamed "The Golden Boy". N. Varley (2002) Golden Boy: A Biography of Wilf Mannion, Aurum Press Ltd, ISBN
[This is Staffordshire] - As it was, neither of them played for the national team, with Baker's inside-left position being staffed by an exceptionally gifted trio – Wilf Mannion of Middlesbrough, Chelsea's Roy Bentley and Sunderland's Len Shackleton. Latterly, Baker suffered
[Gazette Live] - To this day the pensioner bears no ill feelings to his former captors, saying: “Once the Germans knew they were beaten they weren't bad with you.” He is more hurt by the fact that Wilf Mannion once put nine goals past him in a schoolboy football match!