Willie Cunningham

Football, Football player

1930 – 2007

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Who was Willie Cunningham?

William "Willie" E. Cunningham was a former Northern Ireland international footballer 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 Northern Ireland, 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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Born
Feb 20, 1930
Antrim
Nationality
  • Northern Ireland
Died
Aug 31, 2007

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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