Saturday Jun 28, 2014

It is with great sadness that Alfreton Town Football Club announce the death of former Reds player and manager James Law Bullions who has passed away at the age of 90.

According to the Leeds United History website , Jim Bullions became Player Manager with Alfreton in September 1960 and played 58 games before retiring and went on to complete nine years in the role of Manager but he was almost certainly only in charge for a maximum of eight years according to Alfreton Town Football Club historian Bill Draper who was on the committee which dismissed Bullions from his role with the club in September 1968.

He remains the club's longest serving manager to date, and ironically, shares the same name as the second longest-serving manager of the club, current boss Nicky Law. 

Alfreton won the Derbyshire Senior Cup in his first season in charge, 1960/61, beating Matlock Town 2-1 at the Baseball Ground in Derby.

Born in Donnyloanhead, Scotland, Bullions began his career at Chesterfield in 1942.
He moved to Derby County in 1944 and made 29 appearances for them before the Rams before moving to Leeds United in 1947. He was also the youngest player in the Derby County side which beat Charlton Athletic 4-1 in the 1946 FA Cup Final at Wembley.

As well as playing for Alfreton, Jim also turned out for Shrewsbury Town, Worksop Town, Gresley Rovers, Sutton Town and Matlock Town. Bullions’ funeral will be held on Thursday, July 3, at St James the Greater Church, Barlborough at 11.30am.

Alfreton Town Football Club extend sincere condolences to family and friends of Jim. 

Picture by kind courtesy of the Derby Telegraph

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