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Willie Cunningham
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Full name William E. Cunningham
Date of birth 20 February 1930(1930-02-20)
Place of birth    Mallusk, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Date of death    31 August 2007 (aged 77)
Playing position Defender
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1950–1954
1954–1960
1960–1963
St. Mirren
Leicester City
Dunfermline Athletic
Totals
061 (1)
127 (4)
070 (4)
258 (9)   
National team
Northern Ireland 030 (0)
Teams managed
1964–1967
1968–1972
1972–1975
Dunfermline Athletic
Falkirk
St. Mirren

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

William "Willie" E. Cunningham (20 February 1930 – 31 August 2007) was a former Northern Irish football player and manager.

Born in Antrim, he signed for St. Mirren in 1950 and played there until 1954 when he left for Leicester City. After retiring from playing, he went into management with Dunfermline Athletic and Falkirk. 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 the Northern Ireland national football team, and was a member of their 1958 FIFA World Cup team.

He died, aged 77, at the end of August 2007.

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