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Binos' best moving on.

Homage was paid in the Observer in September, 1959, to Billy Simpson who had asked Stirling Albion for a transfer.

Under the heading `Observer sportrait', the ex-Ranger with 13 caps for Northern Ireland was described by the paper as `the most famous signing ever made by Albion'.

Billy, who featured in Northern Ireland's 1958 World Cup squad, had eight seasons at Ibrox and collected Scottish League Championship, Scottish Cup and other medals.

A native of Belfast, he played four seasons for Linfield before signing for Rangers in 1950 at the age of 20.

He was a defender turned striker having played centre-half in his junior days then switching to centre-forward when Linfield were looking for someone to lead their attack.

A joiner to trade, he was at the time of writing a full-time footballer who was married to a Glasgow woman and lived in Hillington. The couple had a two-year-old daughter, Maureen.

The Observer said he was a modest and pleasant player, adding: 'His passes are invariably made-tomeasure, his anticipation intelligent and he is one of the finest headers of a ball.' Billy played 172 times for Rangers scoring 112 goals . In contrast his seven games for Albion yielded one goal.

He went on to have a brief spell at PartickThistle and ended his career with Oxford United. He died in January 2017.


Top player Billy Simpson

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Publication:Stirling Observer (Stirling, Scotland)
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Date:Sep 11, 2019
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