FAI pays its respects to Eddie Bailham RIP
Eddie Bailham passed away aged 75 and had lived most recently in Surrey. He is survived by his wife Ruth, three children and five grandchildren..
The Dubliner won one international cap against England in a 3-1 loss at Dalymount Park in May 1964. His Ireland colleagues included Joe Haverty, Tony Dunne, John Giles, Andy McEvoy and Noel Cantwell while England's line-up included Bobby Moore, Jimmy Greaves and Bobby Charlton.
A prolific forward, Dundrum native Eddie was a club mate of John Giles at Manchester United and played for Home Farm before making his League of Ireland debut with Cork Hibernians in 1959.
He became a very popular player with Shamrock Rovers after signing for the Hoops in 1960 and twice finished top scorer in the League of Ireland. He helped the club to the league and FAI Cup double in 1964, scoring twice in the final against Cork Celtic, and also starred in the 1962 FAI Cup Final win over Shelbourne.
Eddie made regular appearances in Europe with Rovers and stood out with the League of Ireland representative squad including a goal in a famous 2-1 defeat of the English League in October 1963.
After his impressive spell with Rovers he moved to the UK and was amongst the highest scoring players in non-league football with Cambridge City (two spells), Worcester FC, Wimbledon FC, Bexley United and Chesham United..
"Eddie Bailham was a great Irish football name from the 1960s and we are saddened to learn of his death this week. Our thoughts are with his family and we will pay tribute to him at the Wales international in March," said FAI CEO John Delaney.