Eddie Bailham

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Eddie Bailham
Personal information
Full name Edward Bailham
Date of birth (1941-05-08) 8 May 1941 (age 73)
Place of birth Dublin, Ireland
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1959–1960 Cork Hibernians ? (1)
1960–1964 Shamrock Rovers ? (49)
1964–1967 Cambridge City ? (?)
1967 Worcester City 32 (15)
1967–1972 Wimbledon 133 (53)
1972–1974 Cambridge City ? (?)
National team
1964 Republic of Ireland 1 (0)
1962–1964 League of Ireland XI 4 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Eddie Bailham (born 8 May 1941 in Dublin) is a former Irish football player.

After an apprenticeship at Manchester United the same time as Johnny Giles he returned home to play for Home Farm F.C.. In August 1959 he signed for Cork Hibernians.[1]

He joined Shamrock Rovers F.C. in 1960 and as a striker was top scorer in the League of Ireland on two occasions, 1961–62 and 1963-64.[2] On the 20th of August 1962 Bailham scored his only headed goal for the Hoops in a 5-5 draw against Drumcondra F.C.. In February 1963 he scored four times as Rovers hammered Bohemian F.C. 7-1 at Glenmalure Park. In August 1963 he scored a hat trick of penalties in a 4-1 win over Limerick F.C..

Played 5 times in European competition for the Milltown club. Scored 49 league and 12 FAI Cup goals in the Hoops.

Eddie had a "glorious representative debut" scoring for the League of Ireland XI in the 2-1 defeat of an English League XI in October 1963 [3] He scored 4 goals in 4 total Inter-League appearances between 1962 and 1964.

He won his one and only senior cap for the Republic of Ireland on May 24, 1964 in a 3-1 defeat to England at Dalymount Park.

Scored a hat-trick in his last game for the Hoops on the 27th of September 1964.[4]

Emigrated to London shortly after but as he was still technically a Shamrock Rovers player he could not sign for an English league team. So he joined Cambridge City F.C. and also had spells at Worcester F.C. and Wimbledon F.C.. He was the Southern League Premier Division top scorer in 1965-66 with 37 goals.