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Billy Walsh (Irish footballer)

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Full nameWilliam Walsh
Date of birth31 May 1921
Place of birthDublin, Ireland
Date of death28 July 2006(age 85)
Place of deathNoosa, Queensland, Australia
Playing positionHalf-back

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William "Billy" Walsh (31 May 1921 28 July 2006), also referred to as Willie Walsh, was an Irish footballer. Walsh played for several clubs, but most notably with Manchester City, for whom he made more than 100 appearances. As an international, Walsh represented four national teams: after playing for the England Schoolboys XI, he then became a dual Irish international, playing for both Ireland teams the FAI XI and the IFA XI. In 1949, he was a member of the FAI XI that defeated England 2 0 at Goodison Park, becoming the first non-United Kingdom team to beat England at home. He then emigrated to New Zealand and also played in an unofficial game for their national team. Walsh eventually moved to Australia and settled in Noosa, Queensland. In 2003, he and several other former Manchester City players returned for the last game at Maine Road. He died on 28 July 2006 at the age of 85 and his ashes were interred at the Garden of Remembrance at the City of Manchester Stadium.


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