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Norn Iron football miracle worker Billy Bingham has died aged 90. As a player in the 50s, he was most prolifically associated with Sunderland and was on the Northern Ireland national team when they made their World Cup debut in 1958. After a broken leg curtailed his playing career, he remained active in football as a manager. Though his attempt to qualify his team for the 1970 World Cup failed, come the 80s he would prove to have a green thumb for the boys in green in guiding them to Cup reappearances in 1982 and 86. The former saw Norn Iron perform one of the biggest upsets in Cup history when winning 1-0 over Spain in the quarter-final. Given there’s yet to be a fourth Cup qualification, the “greatest Northern Ireland manager” distinction in his eulogies comes with little competition! Diagnosed in 2006 with dementia, he defied the odds one final time by lasting another 16 years. Among his DDP scorers are Octopus of Odstock, Ethnic Cleansing, and Sorry God, I Thought You Were Kenny Rogers.
5 August 1931 – 9 June 2022, aged 90
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