Steve McNulty: The Cult Hero of Non-League Football

By Josh Roberts

The name Steve McNulty will not be known the mainstream audiences of top-flight football, however say the name of the Scouser to anyone who follows non-league football closely and you’ll hear nothing but good things about the man who has crafted a successful footballing career in the lower tiers of English football.  

He might look like a throwback to the footballers of the 70’s and 80’s but McNulty certainly doesn’t possess the same style of play the 1980’s was known for.

McNulty was the subject of some online ‘humour’ due to the defenders physique during his time at Luton Town after their promotion to the football league.

 

He might not look like a typical modern footballer but his footballing brain has been invaluable to every club he has played for and it is no different for Tranmere. His calmness on the ball and technical ability to play out from the back is a massive asset for the Wirral club.

Initially joining on loan in the October of 2015 from the aforementioned Luton, the 34-year old made the move permanent to Prenton Park in the January of 2016 signing a two-year deal in the process.

Since joining the Super White Army, the former Liverpool academy player, has played 87 times for Rovers and taken over the captaincy as well, outlining his importance to the club.

McNulty vs Chester

McNulty tries a long range strike against Chester FC

McNulty’s professionalism is second to none and was highlighted after Micky Mellon’s first game in charge. The gaffer said; “McNulty does what he does every week. Whatever he gets asked, he’ll go and deliver on that.”

It’s been two years of ‘what could have been’ for McNulty at Tranmere. He led out the Rovers at Wembley in the play-off final looking for his fifth promotion of his career but it wasn’t to be.

McNulty was in action last night against Hartlepool but was taken off at half time after being booked 17 seconds into the game.

He’ll be back in action on Saturday when Tranmere meet Halifax Town at Prenton Park looking to get back to winning ways in the league.

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