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Bill Bainbridge

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Full nameWilliam Bainbridge
Date of birth9 March 1922(age 94)
Place of birthGateshead, County Durham, England
Height5 ft 10 in
Playing positionForward

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William "Bill" Bainbridge (born 9 March 1922) is an English ex-footballer who played as a forward for several clubs in the Football League, including Manchester United, Bury and Tranmere Rovers.

Born in Gateshead, County Durham, Bainbridge began his career with Ashington, but his career was immediately interrupted by the Second World War. During the war, Bainbridge played for Hartlepools United. His exploits there led to him signing for Manchester United when peace was declared, but, although he scored on his debut, he only made one appearance for the club and signed for Bury in May 1946, losing his place in the United team to Johnny Carey. He spent just over two seasons with Bury and moved to Tranmere Rovers in November 1948 after just two appearances for the Shakers.

It was at Tranmere that Bainbridge made the biggest impact. In six seasons with the Wirral side, Bainbridge played in almost 170 league matches, scoring 63 goals in the process.

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