Bill Bainbridge

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Bill Bainbridge
Personal information
Full name William Bainbridge
Date of birth (1922-03-09) 9 March 1922 (age 92)
Place of birth Gateshead, County Durham, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1945–1946 Manchester United 0 (0)
1946–1948 Bury 2 (1)
1948–1954 Tranmere Rovers 168 (63)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

William "Bill" Bainbridge (born 9 March 1922) is an English ex-footballer who played as a forward for several clubs in the Football League, including Manchester United, Bury and Tranmere Rovers.

Born in Gateshead, County Durham, Bainbridge began his career with Ashington, but his career was immediately interrupted by the Second World War. During the war, Bainbridge played for Hartlepools United. His exploits there led to him signing for Manchester United when peace was declared, but, although he scored on his debut, he only made one appearance for the club and signed for Bury in May 1946, losing his place in the United team to Johnny Carey. He spent just over two seasons with Bury and moved to Tranmere Rovers in November 1948 after just two appearances for the Shakers.

It was at Tranmere that Bainbridge made the biggest impact. In six seasons with the Wirral side, Bainbridge played in almost 170 league matches, scoring 63 goals in the process.


  • Ponting, Ivan (2008) [1989]. Manchester United: Player by Player (8th edition ed.). Studley: Know the Score Books. p. 60. ISBN 978-1-84818-300-1. 

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