Bucknall, Stoke-on-Trent born right back Ernest Mullineux played for Burslem Park in 1899 before signing for Second Division Burslem Port Vale in May 1900. He made his Football League debut against Burton Swifts in March 1901, his only appearance that season, but from the start of 1901-02 he was a regular in the Vale first eleven and being a virtual ever present until he was signed by First Division Bury for £600 in December 1904 after 2 goals in 127 appearances.
He was however largely a fringe player for The Shakers, making only 22 appearances for them before he returned to the Potteries to join Stoke in January 1907. Mullineux became a regular in the side at a time when Stoke were having a financial meltdown which led to the club entering into liquidation in 1908., by when Mullineux had made 32 appearances As a result, Stoke left the Football League and thus many of their players left the club. However Mullineux stayed at the Victoria Ground, and played for Stoke in the Birmingham & District League and the Southern League and went on to make 184 appearances for The Potters in all competitions. During this time, Stoke won the Southern League Division Two A in 1909-10 and the Birmingham & District League in 1910-11. After leaving Stoke in 1914, he went on to join Wellington Town before his retirement from playing.
NB this photograph was taken before a match at Nottingham Forest on 16th September 1905. Forest won the game 3-2.