Arthur Bullock grew up in Hull during World War One and the years after that conflict, when the Tigers were still a newly formed club and locally sourced products were few and far between in the City senior team. He was therefore one of the trailblazers of local lads to come through the ranks within the city to play for the senior club. Bullock played twice for England Schoolboys in 1924 while studying at Sculcoates Lane School, the first youngster from Hull to achieve that honour. After cutting his teeth at Withernsea Bullock joined Bridlington Town in 1927, spending five years on the coastal side’s books although he missed the 1930/31 season in its entirety due to an injury that required an operation. Bullock joined the Tigers on amateur terms in September 1932 and for two seasons the outside left supported the first team. Firstly he stepped in for the injured Charlie Sargeant for three games in March 1933 and scored twice against Rotherham United and Accrington Stanley. He played three more times during the festive period of 1933, then started the last 11 games of the 1933/34 season after the appointment of Jack Hill as City manager. This may have signalled that Bullock had finally established himself in senior football, but that wasn’t to be as Hill signed experienced Geordie Les Dodds to play outside left and Bullock only played once more for the Tigers before successfuly requesting his release midway through the season.
After playing one game for Goole Town, Bullock joined York City in December 1934, again on amateur terms. The Minstermen were a mid-ranking Division Three North team but Bullock played only six league matches before returning to Bridlington Town, who he played before until the outbreak of World War Two. Thus ended a brief flirtation with senior football from one who showed so much promise ten years earlier.
After World War Two Bullock helped form the short-lived Hull Amateurs club, who had ex-Tigers legend Tom Bleakley as trainer and played for two seasons on City’s vacated former home at Anlaby Road. Arthur lived in Hull area for the rest of his life and died in April 1997 in Beverley.
Date/Place of Birth: 7 October 1909, Hull
Hull City First Game: 4 March 1933, Mansfield Town H (Division Three North), 23 years, 148 days old
Hull City Final Game: 15 September 1934, Southampton A (Division Two), 24 years, 343 days old
Withernsea (1927), Bridlington Town (1927-1932), Hull City (1932-1934), Goole Town (1934), York City (1934-1935), Bridlington Town (1935-1939)
Hull City Record
Career: 18 apps, 3 goalsArthur Bullock