Willie Cunningham (Northern Irish footballer)

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William Cunningham
Personal information
Full name William Edward Cunningham[1]
Date of birth (1930-05-17)17 May 1930
Place of birth Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland
Date of death 31 August 2007(2007-08-31) (aged 77)
Place of death Dunfermline, Scotland
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Ardrossan Winton Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1950–1954 St Mirren 61 (1)
1954–1960 Leicester City 127 (4)
1960–1963 Dunfermline Athletic 70 (4)
Total 258 (9)
National team
Northern Ireland 30 (0)
Teams managed
1964–1967 Dunfermline Athletic
1968–1972 Falkirk
1973–1974 St Mirren
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

William Edward Cunningham (20 February 1930 – 31 August 2007) was a 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.[2] 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, on 31 August 2007.




  1. ^ "Willie Cunningham". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  2. ^ Falkirk FC Managers

External links[edit]

  • Willie Cunningham at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database