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He lifted a nation that was hurting and divided and brought hope and elation

Billy Bingham brought so much to NI, writes Evan Marshall

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Star men: Billy Bingham with George Best and Pat Jennings in May 1969. Credit: Belfast Telegraph

Star men: Billy Bingham with George Best and Pat Jennings in May 1969. Credit: Belfast Telegraph

Star men: Billy Bingham with George Best and Pat Jennings in May 1969. Credit: Belfast Telegraph

On a sad day for Northern Irish football, it is easy to overlook some of the achievements of the great Billy Bingham as tributes are deservedly showered upon him.

For a generation of people such as myself, who were at school when Bingham was defying all footballing logic to take our small country to two successive World Cups, his legend is assured, the most successful manager in our history and likely to remain as such forever.


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