Billy Bingham

D.o.B: 05/08/1931
Birthplace: Belfast
Appearances: 98
Goals: 26
Born in the Bloomfield area of Belfast, he grew up alongside Jackie Blanchflower.

He joined Sunderland in October 1950 for £8,000. A long and successful spell with the Black cats ended when he fell out with manager Alan Brown, leaving the club in the summer of 1958 for another £8,000 fee to join top-flight Luton Town. In total he made 227 appearances and scored 47 goals during his time in the North East.

The "Hatters" finished 17th in the league in 1958–59, but reached the 1959 FA Cup Final after Bingham scored the winning goal in the semi-final clash with Norwich City. In the Wembley final, his corner set up Dave Pacey for Luton's consolation in a 2–1 defeat to Nottingham Forest.

Despite Bingham scoring 16 league goals to become the club's top scorer, Luton were relegated under Syd Owen in 1959–60. He soon attracted attention from Everton and Arsenal, opting to join the Blues for a fee of £15,000 in October 1960.

Signed by Johnny Carey, Harry Catterick took charge at Goodison Park following a fifth place finish in 1960–61.

A fourth place finish followed in 1961–62, and the Toffees won the league title in 1962–63.

However Catterick signed Scotsman Alex Scot in February 1963 for £40,000, and so Bingham's days at Merseyside were numbered.

Bingham joined Port Vale for a then joint-club record fee of £15,000 in August 1963. He retired from playing after breaking his leg in a 4–0 defeat at Brentford on 5 September 1964. He left for Southport on a free transfer in April 1965 to become their trainer-coach - a career path that would ultimately lead him back to Goodison, and a spell in the manager's hot-seat.

Career Stats - Billy Bingham (First team)

League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
Season App. Gls. App. Gls. App. Gls. App. Gls. App. Gls.
1960 1961 26 9 1 0 3 1 0 0 30 10
1961 1962 37 9 3 1 0 0 0 0 40 10
1962 1963 23 5 3 1 0 0 2 0 28 6
Total 86 23 7 2 3 1 2 0 98 26
Please note, not all competitions are listed on this page. In some cases, this may result in a discrepancy between the displayed totals for appearances and goals.

Club From To App. Gls.
Everton 15/10/1960 26/03/1963 98 26


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