Despite having to bide his time after joining the club, Mark McNulty has made the number 1 jersey his own in recent years and has cemented his reputation as one of the country’s finest stoppers.
Originally a striker for his local club Ballincollig, Mark joined Cork City in 2003 from Cobh Ramblers and, to date, has made over two hundred league appearances for the club. He only featured sporadically in his initial years with the club, playing second fiddle to long time first choice Michael Devine for several years. McNulty then battled it out with new signing Dan Connor in 2009, before claiming the number one shirt for himself in 2010, a position he has maintained ever since.
‘Nults’ as he is fondly referred to by supporters of the Rebel Army, has played a vital role in the club’s revival – the highlight of which undoubtedly was the 2011 season, where McNulty kept goal as City went on the claim the First Division title and secure promotion back to the top flight.
The keeper was a key man for City in 2014, keeping seventeen clean sheets, a remarkable statistic which was rewarded when he was named the 2014 SSE Airtricity/Soccer Writers’ Association of Ireland Goalkeeper of the Year, having played in every minute of City’s thirty-three league games.
In 2015, he matched his record of seventeen clean sheets as City again finished runners-up in the league, also reaching the final of the FAI Cup.
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