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Monday 25 September 2017

Hoops mourn loss of Bailham

The late Eddie Bailham
The late Eddie Bailham

Shamrock Rovers fans are mourning the loss of former player and Ireland international Eddie Bailham.

A key player for Rovers in the 1960s where he won league and FAI Cup honours and also played in Europe, Dubliner Bailham passed away in England, after an illness, at the age of 75.

Having arrived at Rovers in 1960 from Cork Hibernians, following an unsuccessful trial at Manchester United, former Home Farm man Bailham starred in a classy Rovers side which won the FAI Cup (1962) and the league and cup double (1964).

Bailham was a regular for the League of Ireland representative side but he was capped just once at senior level, in a 3-1 defeat to England at Dalymount Park in 1964.

Bailham was one of four League of Ireland players in the Irish side, captained by Noel Cantwell and featuring The Herald columnist John Giles.

A career high point was a 2- 1win for the League of Ireland XI over the English League, also in 1964, where Bailham was one of five Rovers players in the team.

When the time came to leave Rovers, Bailham moved to England for work reasons in 1964 and signed for Cambridge City, later playing for non-league sides Worchester and Wimbledon.

The double-winning season of 1964 was a highlight. "The day we beat Dundalk in the Cup by 7-0 I got three and Jackie Mooney got three, it was a great performance, Dundalk were a good side and that was some scoreline," he said in Robbert Goggins' book The Hoops.

A statement from the Bailham family said: "From Dundrum in South Dublin, he lived in New Malden, Surrey. He is survived by his wife Ruth, three children and five grandchildren."

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