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Friday 27 Jan 2017
Billy Simpson 1929 – 2017

The Irish FA is saddened to learn of the passing of Billy Simpson who has died at the age of 87.

Simpson, who was born on the Donegall Road in Belfast, won 12 caps for his country and represented Linfield, Rangers and Stirling Albion, Partick Thistle and Oxford United in a career that spanned 14 years.

He made his debut for Linfield on March 1947 and quickly became a crowd favourite at Windsor Park. He scored 93 goals in 143 appearances for the Blues and won back-to-back league titles in 1949 and 1950 and lifted the Irish Cup in 1948 and 1950.

His goal-scoring exploits at Linfield earned him a move to Glasgow Rangers for a club record fee of £11,500 and he continued to score goals.

He bagged 174 goals in 262 appearances for Rangers, winning three league titles (53, 56, 57) and the Scottish Cup (53).

He represented Northern Ireland between 1951 and 1959 scoring five goals in his 12 appearances. He travelled with the squad to Sweden in 1958 but did not feature due to injury.