Sullivan, Derrick

Birth Date

10th August 1930


Newport, Monmouthshire



Biographical Text

Welsh international Derrick Sullivan, a member of the squad that travelled to the 1958 World Cup finals, had made 275 league appearances for Cardiff City by the time he joined Exeter City in 1961. An ever-present in his solitary season at St James’ Park he moved on for a final season with Newport County. 

He was in the Wales squad for the 1958 World Cup Finals, and went on to win 17 full caps for his country. He worked his way through the junior teams at Cardiff City, signing professional in September 1949 having already made his debut against Newcastle United which proved to be the first of 275 league appearances for the club during which time he scored 19 goals.

Sullivan joined Exeter City in June 1961 and, after making his debut against Mansfield Town on 19 August 1961, was an ever-present in his one-season stay with the Grecians.

He was transferred to Newport County in July 1962 along with team mate Peter Gordon for a joint transfer fee of £1,500. He was to make 23 league appearances for County before later playing for Hereford United, Ebbw Vale and Monmouth Town where he played alongside his son.

Derrick died on 16 September 1983 following a liver problem.





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