Former Northern Ireland coach Billy Bingham, who led the team to the 1982 and 1986 World Cups, has died at the age of 90.
Bingham had two seasons at the helm of Northern Ireland (1967-71 and 1980-93) after making 56 appearances for his country as a player between 1951 and 1963, including appearances at the 1958 World Cup.
He also ran Everton for four years from 1973, as well as Plymouth Argyle and Northern Irish club Linfield.
Bingham enjoyed a career as a right-wing player making 227 appearances in eight years for Sunderland, whom he joined from Northern Ireland’s Glentoran squad, where he began his career in 1948.
The Belfast-based party wrote on Twitter: “Everyone in Glentoran is deeply saddened to learn of Billy Bingham’s death.
“Everyone in the club’s thoughts and prayers are with Billy’s family and friends at this time. »
Bingham also played for Everton, Luton Town and Port Vale after scoring 133 goals in 525 appearances in all domestic competitions during his 17-year career as a player.
Everton paid tribute to Bingham, posting on Twitter: “Everton Football Club is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Billy Bingham MBE.
“A wonderful man who played and led the blues. We will miss you, Billy. »