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Billy Bingham

Personal information
Full nameWilliam Laurence Bingham
Date of birth5 August 1931(age 85)
Place of birthBelfast, Northern Ireland
Height1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing positionOutside-right

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William Laurence "Billy" Bingham, MBE (born 5 August 1931, Belfast) is a former international footballer and football manager. He is currently a scout for English Football League Championship side Burnley.

As a player, his first professional club was Glentoran, who he played for between 1948 and 1950. Making the move to England, he then spent eight years with Sunderland, making 227 league appearances. In 1958 he switched to Luton Town, making close to 100 league appearances in a three years spell. This was followed by a two year association with Everton, where he again went close to 100 league appearances. He finished his career after breaking his leg in a match for Port Vale in 1964, at the age of 33. Between 1951 and 1963 he won 56 caps for Northern Ireland, scoring 10 international goals.

His management career would be as notable as his playing career. After taking charge at Southport in 1965, he was appointed manager of Northern Ireland two years later. During his time as an international manager he also took charge at Plymouth Argyle, and later Linfield. In 1971, he was appointed as the head coach of the Greece national side. Two years later he returned to the domestic game with Everton of England. He returned to Greece for a brief spell in 1977, taking the reins at PAOK Salonika. The following year he went back to England to take charge of Mansfield Town for one season. In 1980 he was re-appointed as Northern Ireland manager, his final position, and a post he would hold for the next thirteen years.


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