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Stan Cullis

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Full nameStanley Cullis
Date of birth25 October 1916
Place of birthEllesmere Port, England
Date of death28 February 2001(age 84)
Place of deathMalvern, England
Playing positionDefender

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Stanley Cullis (25 October 1916 28 February 2001) was a professional footballer and manager, most notably for Wolverhampton Wanderers. During his term as manager between 1948 and 1964 Wolves became one of the strongest teams in the British game, winning the league title on three occasions, and playing a series of high-profile friendly matches against top European sides which acted as a precursor to the European Cup.

Cullis was a talented defender, owing to the fact that he was a very defence-minded player by nature. As such, he possessed little attacking instinct and rarely ever got forward. Frank Buckley once said of him: "Stan? Stan's the best defender we have here by a country mile, but he gets a nosebleed every time he crosses the half way line!". Cullis scored only twice in his entire playing career, in league games versus Bury and Northampton Town.

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