Eddie Bailham

Eddie Bailham was born in Dublin, Ireland on May 8, 1941. As an excellent Irish professional football player, he made great contributions to the club he worked for. After an internship at Manchester United, he came back home to play with the Home Farm F.C..

In 1959, he signed an agreement with Cork Hibernians. In the next year, he transferred to Shamrock Rovers F.C., becoming a top scorer in the League of Ireland on two occasions, 1961–62 and 1963-64. In August 1962, he won his only headed goal for the Hoops in a 5-5 draw against Drumcondra F.C.. In Feb. 1963, he won four goals while Rovers defeated Bohemian F.C. 7-1 at Glenmalure Park.

He had participated in five European competitions for the Milltown club, scoring 49 league and 12 FAI Cup goals in the Hoops. For he was a Shamrock Rovers player, he could not reach an agreement with an English league team. Then he joined Cambridge City F.C. and also had spells at Worcester F.C. and Wimbledon F.C.. As a top scorer of the Southern League Premier Division, he won 37 goals in 1965-1966 season.

For his unremitting efforts, practical skills, dynamic energy, he was widely regarded as an excellent professional football player. For extra efforts and conviction, he insisted on practicing and improving his ability, aiming at performing well on football fields. But unfortunately, the great professional football player passed away in December 2016, aged 75.

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