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Bill Lacey (footballer)

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Full nameWilliam Lacey
Date of birth24 September 1889
Place of birthEnniscorthy, Wexford, Ireland
Date of death30 May 1969(age 79)
Playing positionDefender/Midfielder/Forward

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Bill Lacey (24 September 1889, Enniscorthy, County Wexford, Ireland 30 May 1969), also referred to as Billy Lacey or William Lacey was an Irish footballer who played for, among others, Shelbourne, Liverpool, Everton and Linfield. Lacey was a dual international and also played for both Ireland teams the IFA XI and the FAI XI.

An extremely versatile and talented player, Lacey played in all eleven positions during his career. He was a prominent member of the Ireland team that won the 1914 British Home Championship and was also a member of the Liverpool team that won two successive English First Division titles in 1922 and 1923. He was also the first player to be capped at full international level while playing for both Everton and Liverpool. In 1927 at the age of 37, he became the oldest player ever to make their debut for an FAI XI and in 1930 at the age of 41 he became the their oldest ever player. After retiring as a player, Lacey became a coach, most notably with the FAI XI and Bohemians.


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