The world of football, and the Everton community, in particular, mourns the loss of a truly passionate and one of the oldest supporters of Everton- Billy Ingham.
Billy’s impact reached far beyond the realm of sports; he was not only a fervent supporter of the Everton, but also a remarkable individual who touched the lives of many individuals.
Join us in commemorating the life and legacy of Billy Ingham, celebrating the memories he created, and honoring the profound impact he had on our lives. Here’s what we know about his passing in detail.
Billy Ingham passed away:
Billy Ingham, a lifelong Blue and the star of the new Barclays Premier League ad, passed away on January 12, 2024. He was 96-years-old, at the time of his death.
This sad news was announced by Everton FC – Liverpool Echo on their social media post in the following statement, reads,
Billy Ingham has died, aged 96. The Everton supporter rose to fame for his role in a television advert where he spoke passionately about his love for the Blues.
Billy Ingham has been a Blues fan for over eight decades and has never missed a home game. His unwavering dedication to the football created countless cherished memories for those who shared his passion for the team. He will be missed at the match scene.
Who was Billy Ingham?
Billy was a devoted Evertonian who followed the Blues for over 80 years earning him the nickname, ‘Billy The Blue.’ Ingham was regular at Goodison since Dixie Dean’s days. He won over the hearts of the country with a TV commercial in which he gushed about his unwavering love for the Blues.
Billy, one of Everton FC’s most devoted supporters became the star of a major television commercial. He was chosen from among millions of supporters to appear in a television commercial for Barclays, a Premier League sponsor.
The advertisement follows Billy’s match day journey from his home in Kirkby to Goodison Park, taking him through the highs and lows of the action on the pitch.
Billy, who grew up idolizing the Blues over his Liverpool-supporting father, expressed his gratitude for being selected to star in the commercial.
Billy described his experience in ad, said in an interview, “To be an Evertonian and to be shown watching Everton in an advert about the club is something that makes me so proud. I’m so proud about the club and I’m made up to be on television. It’s so exciting – I’ll never forget it. I will be absolutely thrilled.”
His presence enriched the lives of everyone who knew him, and he held a special place in their hearts. Tributes flooded social media as the demise news of Billy broke out.
Tributes to Billy Ingham:
The Everton Way posted,
Just heard the sad news that life long Evertonian Billy Ingham has died, aged 96.
The Everton FC Heritage Society posted,
Rest in peace, Billy Ingham. 96 years supporting the Blues. It was wonderful to have Billy at our 2018 event at Goodison Park to mark the centenary of Dixie Dean’s 60 league goal season. He shared his memories of seeing Dixie play with the striker’s daughter and great-grandson, plus Brendan Connolly of EFCHS.
Meetali Singh tweeted,
RIP Billy Ingham. One of our oldest supporters of Everton has sadly passed away at the age of 96.
Lisa Powell posted,
R.I.P Billy Ingham. Remember him doing the Barclays Everton Ad a few years back.
RIP Billy Ingham, the Everton fan who starred in this famous Barclays advert for the 2013/14 season.
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