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Willie Cunningham

Full name: William Edward Cunningham
Birthdate: 20.02.1930
Birthplace: Mallusk, Northern Ireland
Position: Full-back
Joined from: St Mirren
Signed by: Norman Bullock
Nationality: Northern Ireland
First game: Wolverhampton Wanderers, 11.12.1954
Last game: Blackburn Rovers, 23.04.1960
Games: 138
Goals: 4
Unofficial Games: 1 Unofficial Goals: 0
Player Profile

Cunningham was a stubborn and reliable defender from Northern Ireland who started his career in Scotland before moving south of the border in November 1954 to embark on a relatively successful six-year spell with City.

He arrived from St Mirren and enjoyed his best years at Filbert Street, earning 23 of his 30 Irish caps whilst at the club. He was brought in to try and arrest Leicester's poor form in the First Division but although he couldn't do that, he soon settled into a regular spot at full-back. He was frozen out for a spell, but soon regained his place for the final three seasons at the club.

He excelled at centre-back for Northern Ireland, being key in his nation's superb World Cup Finals campaign of 1958, where they reached the quarter-finals, but City only used him in that position a couple of times, playing him mostly at full-back.

He returned to Scotland with Dunfermline after leaving City and went on to try his hand at management after, starting with Dunfermline and then with Falkirk and St Mirren. His managerial qualities were noticed by the Scottish FA when they offered him the national job, something he turned down.

Seasons League FA Cup League Cup Europe OtherTotal
Year Division Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls
1954-55Division One (old)16---------16-
1954_643_
1955-56Division Two (old)34-3-------37-
1955_643_
1956-57Division Two (old)1---------1-
1956_643_
1957-58Division One (old)283--------283
1957_643_
1958-59Division One (old)28-4-------32-
1958_643_
1959-60Division One (old)2014-------241
1959_643_
Total127411-------138 4
_643_

Appearances

DateResultOppositionCompetitionStartSubGoals
1 11.12.1954 1 - 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers (H) Division One (old)
2 12.02.1955 6 - 3 West Bromwich Albion (H) Division One (old)
3 19.02.1955 1 - 1 Arsenal (A) Division One (old)
4 05.03.1955 0 - 5 Wolverhampton Wanderers (A) Division One (old)
5 12.03.1955 4 - 0 Portsmouth (H) Division One (old)
6 19.03.1955 0 - 2 Blackpool (A) Division One (old)
7 26.03.1955 4 - 2 Aston Villa (H) Division One (old)
8 02.04.1955 1 - 1 Sunderland (A) Division One (old)
9 08.04.1955 4 - 2 Preston North End (A) Division One (old)
10 09.04.1955 1 - 0 Manchester United (H) Division One (old)
11 11.04.1955 0 - 1 Preston North End (H) Division One (old)
12 16.04.1955 0 - 1 Sheffield Wednesday (A) Division One (old)
13 20.04.1955 2 - 2 Everton (H) Division One (old)
14 23.04.1955 2 - 0 Tottenham Hotspur (H) Division One (old)
15 30.04.1955 1 - 3 Huddersfield Town (A) Division One (old)
16 04.05.1955 4 - 0 Bolton Wanderers (H) Division One (old)
17 20.08.1955 4 - 2 Hull City (A) Division Two (old)
18 22.08.1955 5 - 2 Nottingham Forest (H) Division Two (old)
19 27.08.1955 0 - 2 Blackburn Rovers (H) Division Two (old)
20 31.08.1955 0 - 2 Nottingham Forest (A) Division Two (old)
21 03.09.1955 1 - 7 Lincoln City (A) Division Two (old)
22 10.09.1955 0 - 0 Barnsley (H) Division Two (old)
23 12.09.1955 1 - 1 Sheffield Wednesday (A) Division Two (old)
24 17.09.1955 3 - 1 Liverpool (H) Division Two (old)
25 24.09.1955 1 - 0 Plymouth Argyle (A) Division Two (old)
26 01.10.1955 3 - 1 Stoke City (H) Division Two (old)
27 15.10.1955 2 - 2 Bristol City (H) Division Two (old)
28 22.10.1955 2 - 3 Fulham (A) Division Two (old)
29 29.10.1955 4 - 1 Port Vale (H) Division Two (old)
30 05.11.1955 1 - 3 Rotherham United (A) Division Two (old)
31 12.11.1955 6 - 1 Swansea City (H) Division Two (old)
32 19.11.1955 1 - 1 Notts County (A) Division Two (old)
33 26.11.1955 5 - 2 Leeds United (H) Division Two (old)
34 03.12.1955 3 - 1 West Ham United (A) Division Two (old)
35 10.12.1955 5 - 0 Bury (H) Division Two (old)
36 17.12.1955 1 - 2 Hull City (H) Division Two (old)
37 24.12.1955 3 - 2 Blackburn Rovers (A) Division Two (old)
38 26.12.1955 1 - 2 Bristol Rovers (A) Division Two (old)
39 27.12.1955 4 - 2 Bristol Rovers (H) Division Two (old)
40 31.12.1955 4 - 0 Lincoln City (H) Division Two (old)
41 11.01.1956 4 - 0 Luton Town (A) FA Cup 3
42 14.01.1956 1 - 0 Barnsley (A) Division Two (old)
43 21.01.1956 1 - 3 Liverpool (A) Division Two (old)
44 28.01.1956 3 - 3 Stoke City (H) FA Cup 4
45 30.01.1956 1 - 2 Stoke City (A) FA Cup 4 rep
46 04.02.1956 5 - 1 Plymouth Argyle (H) Division Two (old)
47 11.02.1956 0 - 2 Stoke City (A) Division Two (old)
48 18.02.1956 4 - 0 Notts County (H) Division Two (old)
49 25.02.1956 1 - 1 Bristol City (A) Division Two (old)
50 03.03.1956 2 - 1 Fulham (H) Division Two (old)
51 10.03.1956 1 - 3 Bury (A) Division Two (old)
52 17.03.1956 3 - 1 Rotherham United (H) Division Two (old)
53 24.03.1956 1 - 6 Swansea City (A) Division Two (old)
54 22.04.1957 1 - 4 Leyton Orient (H) Division Two (old)
55 11.09.1957 1 - 2 Sheffield Wednesday (A) Division One (old)
56 14.09.1957 1 - 3 Arsenal (A) Division One (old)
57 18.09.1957 4 - 1 Sheffield Wednesday (H) Division One (old)
58 21.09.1957 2 - 3 Wolverhampton Wanderers (H) Division One (old)
59 28.09.1957 1 - 5 Aston Villa (A) Division One (old)
60 19.10.1957 3 - 1 Nottingham Forest (H) Division One (old)
61 26.10.1957 0 - 2 Portsmouth (A) Division One (old)
62 02.11.1957 2 - 1 Newcastle United (H) Division One (old)
63 09.11.1957 3 - 7 Burnley (A) Division One (old)
64 16.11.1957 1 - 3 Preston North End (H) Division One (old)
65 23.11.1957 0 - 4 Chelsea (A) Division One (old)
66 30.11.1957 3 - 3 West Bromwich Albion (H) Division One (old)
67 07.12.1957 4 - 1 Tottenham Hotspur (A) Division One (old)
68 14.12.1957 2 - 2 Birmingham City (H) Division One (old)
69 21.12.1957 0 - 4 Manchester United (A) Division One (old)
70 25.12.1957 1 - 5 Blackpool (A) Division One (old)
71 11.01.1958 3 - 2 Bolton Wanderers (A) Division One (old) 1
72 18.01.1958 0 - 1 Arsenal (H) Division One (old)
73 01.02.1958 1 - 5 Wolverhampton Wanderers (A) Division One (old)
74 08.02.1958 6 - 1 Aston Villa (H) Division One (old)
75 15.02.1958 2 - 2 Everton (A) Division One (old)
76 22.02.1958 8 - 4 Manchester City (H) Division One (old)
77 01.03.1958 1 - 3 Nottingham Forest (A) Division One (old)
78 08.03.1958 2 - 2 Portsmouth (H) Division One (old) 1
79 15.03.1958 3 - 5 Newcastle United (A) Division One (old)
80 22.03.1958 3 - 2 Chelsea (H) Division One (old) 1
81 29.03.1958 1 - 4 Preston North End (A) Division One (old)
82 26.04.1958 1 - 0 Birmingham City (A) Division One (old)
83 23.08.1958 2 - 0 Everton (H) Division One (old)
84 25.08.1958 0 - 5 Blackburn Rovers (A) Division One (old)
85 30.08.1958 1 - 5 Arsenal (A) Division One (old)
86 03.09.1958 1 - 1 Blackburn Rovers (H) Division One (old)
87 06.09.1958 3 - 1 Manchester City (H) Division One (old)
88 13.09.1958 1 - 1 Leeds United (A) Division One (old)
89 17.09.1958 2 - 2 Preston North End (H) Division One (old)
90 20.09.1958 2 - 2 West Bromwich Albion (H) Division One (old)
91 22.09.1958 1 - 3 Preston North End (A) Division One (old)
92 27.09.1958 2 - 4 Birmingham City (A) Division One (old)
93 01.11.1958 0 - 3 Blackpool (H) Division One (old)
94 08.11.1958 1 - 4 Portsmouth (A) Division One (old)
95 15.11.1958 6 - 3 Aston Villa (H) Division One (old)
96 22.11.1958 3 - 0 West Ham United (A) Division One (old)
97 29.11.1958 0 - 3 Nottingham Forest (H) Division One (old)
98 06.12.1958 1 - 4 Manchester United (A) Division One (old)
99 13.12.1958 1 - 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers (H) Division One (old)
100 20.12.1958 1 - 0 Everton (A) Division One (old)
101 26.12.1958 1 - 1 Burnley (H) Division One (old)
102 27.12.1958 3 - 3 Burnley (A) Division One (old)
103 03.01.1959 2 - 3 Arsenal (H) Division One (old)
104 10.01.1959 1 - 1 Lincoln City (H) FA Cup 3
105 14.01.1959 2 - 0 Lincoln City (A) FA Cup 3 rep
106 24.01.1959 1 - 1 Luton Town (H) FA Cup 4
107 28.01.1959 1 - 4 Luton Town (A) FA Cup 4 rep
108 31.01.1959 0 - 1 Leeds United (H) Division One (old)
109 07.02.1959 2 - 2 West Bromwich Albion (A) Division One (old)
110 21.02.1959 3 - 4 Luton Town (A) Division One (old)
111 28.02.1959 0 - 1 Newcastle United (H) Division One (old)
112 07.03.1959 0 - 6 Tottenham Hotspur (A) Division One (old)
113 14.03.1959 0 - 3 Chelsea (H) Division One (old)
114 18.03.1959 2 - 4 Birmingham City (H) Division One (old)
115 29.08.1959 3 - 1 Chelsea (H) Division One (old) 1
116 12.12.1959 3 - 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers (A) Division One (old)
117 19.12.1959 2 - 1 West Ham United (H) Division One (old)
118 26.12.1959 2 - 2 Preston North End (H) Division One (old)
119 28.12.1959 1 - 1 Preston North End (A) Division One (old)
120 02.01.1960 2 - 2 Chelsea (A) Division One (old)
121 09.01.1960 2 - 1 Wrexham (A) FA Cup 3
122 16.01.1960 0 - 1 West Bromwich Albion (H) Division One (old)
123 30.01.1960 2 - 1 Fulham (H) FA Cup 4
124 06.02.1960 1 - 3 Birmingham City (H) Division One (old)
125 13.02.1960 2 - 1 Tottenham Hotspur (A) Division One (old)
126 20.02.1960 2 - 1 West Bromwich Albion (H) FA Cup 5
127 24.02.1960 3 - 1 Manchester United (H) Division One (old)
128 27.02.1960 0 - 2 Luton Town (A) Division One (old)
129 05.03.1960 5 - 0 Manchester City (H) Division One (old)
130 12.03.1960 1 - 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers (H) FA Cup 6
131 15.03.1960 1 - 1 Arsenal (A) Division One (old)
132 19.03.1960 2 - 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers (H) Division One (old)
133 02.04.1960 0 - 1 Nottingham Forest (H) Division One (old)
134 09.04.1960 1 - 1 Fulham (A) Division One (old)
135 15.04.1960 0 - 1 Burnley (A) Division One (old)
136 16.04.1960 3 - 3 Everton (H) Division One (old)
137 18.04.1960 2 - 1 Burnley (H) Division One (old)
138 23.04.1960 1 - 0 Blackburn Rovers (A) Division One (old)

Transfers

Club Fee Date
IN  St Mirren £4,750 November 1954
OUT  Dunfermline Athletic Free September 1960
Player 217 of 1149 ordered a-z
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