Former Northern Ireland manager Billy Bingham who led the team to the 1982 and 1986 World Cups died at the age of 90. Bingham enjoyed two spells as Northern Ireland boss, the first between 1967-1971 and the second between 1980-1993. He also won 56 caps for the country as a player between 1951 and 1963 which included appearances in the 1958 World Cup. Bingham also managed Everton for four years in 1973 as well as made 227 appearances for Sunderland.

“Dad was diagnosed with dementia back in 2006 and I think it is a tribute to his will that he managed another 16 years from that diagnosis to the time he passed away. He passed away peacefully last night at 10.30 pm in a care home in Southport. We are very proud of all our dad achieved,” the son of former Northern Ireland manager Billy Bingham said.

“Everyone at Glentoran is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Billy Bingham,” his first club Glentoran posted on Twitter. “The thoughts and prayers of everyone at the club go out to Billy’s family and friends at this time.”

“Everton Football Club is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Billy Bingham MBE,” the Merseyside club tweeted. “A great man who both played for and managed the Blues. You’ll be missed, Billy.”

“Billy holds a unique place in the football hearts of Northern Ireland in that he both played at and managed in World Cup final tournaments with Northern Ireland, being part of Peter Doherty’s historic team of 1958 in Sweden and then managing Northern Ireland in the 1982 and 1986 finals,” a statement on the Irish FA website read. “Billy was a tricky winger in the days when such a position was revered, but there was more to him than wing play. Billy was not afraid to mix it when needed, had an eye for goal, and had a wonderful tactical and positional brain – attributes which would come to the fore in his managerial career.”

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