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Willie Cunningham (Northern Ireland footballer)

Personal information
Full nameWilliam E. Cunningham
Date of birth20 February 1930
Place of birthMallusk, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Date of death31 August 2007(age 77)
Playing positionDefender

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William "Willie" E. Cunningham (20 February 1930 - 31 August 2007) was a former Northern Irish football player and manager.

Born in Antrim, he signed for St. Mirren in 1950 and played there until 1954 when he left for Leicester City. He joined Dunfermline Athletic in 1960 and was a member of the Scottish Cup-winning team which beat Celtic 2-0 in 1961. After retiring from playing, he went into management with Dunfermline Athletic and Falkirk. He returned to manage St. Mirren in 1972, but resigned in 1974 for personal reasons. Before leaving, he recommended Alex Ferguson as his successor.

He played 30 matches for the Northern Ireland national football team, and was a member of their 1958 FIFA World Cup team.

He died, aged 77, at the end of August 2007.

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