Mick Buckley

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Mick Buckley
Personal information
Full name Mick Buckley
Date of birth (1953-11-04)4 November 1953
Place of birth Manchester, England
Date of death 7 October 2013(2013-10-07) (aged 59)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1971–1978 Everton 135 (10)
1978–1983 Sunderland 121 (7)
1983 Hartlepool United 6 (0)
1983–1984 Carlisle United 25 (2)
1984–1985 Middlesbrough 27 (0)
Total 314 (19)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Mick Buckley (4 November 1953 – 7 October 2013) was an English footballer who played for Everton, Sunderland, Hartlepool United, Carlisle United and Middlesbrough as a midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Buckley was born in Manchester. He started his professional footballing career with Everton in 1971 and made 135 appearances for them, with ten goals.[1] A youth team product, who had rejected advances from Manchester United and Manchester City as a schoolboy, he made his debut in March 1972, with manager Harry Catterick viewing him as a long-term replacement for Colin Harvey.[2] However it would not be until the arrival of Billy Bingham that Buckley fully came to the fore, and was a regular first-teamer during three of Bingham's seasons in charge.[2] He suffered a series of injuries in 1977 and during his absence both Trevor Ross and Andy King forced their way into the first team picture, with Buckley sidelined when he returned to fitness. Unable to regain his first team spot, Buckley was sold to Sunderland in August 1978 for £80,000.[2]

Buckley made his debut for Sunderland on 2 September 1978 against Preston North End in a 3–1 at Roker Park.[3] He went on to make a total of 121 league appearances, scoring 7 goals for the club.[4] He then moved to fellow North East team Hartlepool United in 1983 where he scored no goals in just six appearances, he spent one season at the club.[1] Towards the end of his career, he spent seasons at Carlisle United and Middlesbrough.[1]

Buckley died in October 2013 at the age of 59.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "Mick Buckley". Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Transfer Database. Retrieved 11 August 2008.
  2. ^ a b c Ivan Ponting, Everton: Player by Player, Guinness Publishing, 1992, p. 82
  3. ^ "Sunderland 3-1 Preston North End". The Stat Cat. Archived from the original on 9 July 2008. Retrieved 11 August 2008. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ "Mick Buckley". The Stat Cat. Archived from the original on 31 August 2006. Retrieved 11 August 2008. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. ^ "Mick Buckley 1953-2013". evertonfc.com. 7 October 2013. Retrieved 8 October 2013.