Full Name: Cliff Birkett
Normal Position: Forward
Height: 5' 7
Weight: 11st 10lbs
Born: 17/09/1933 (Haydock)
Died: 11/01/1997 (Haydock)

Cliff BirkettHe joined Manchester United straight from school having represented Newton-le-Willows Schoolboys and won 8 England Schoolboy International Caps in 1948-49. He came from a family of footballers - his brothers Ronnie (New Brighton, Accrington Stanley and Oldham Athletic) and Wilf (q.v.) were professionals. At Old Trafford he had a spell in the first team following the transfer of Jimmy Delaney, making his debut when just 17. He packed a hard shot and was always lively but carried a bit too much weight and did not last the pace. He joined Southport while doing National Service at Catterick which impeded his progress. Granted a free transfer at the end of the season he joined Crompton Recs in the Manchester League, working for a hinge and lock makers in Ashton, later signing up for Ray Minshull at the newly-formed Wigan Rovers.

Player Profile reproduced with Permission from:
The Sandgrounders: The Complete League History of Southport F. C., by Michael Braham and Geoff Wilde (Palatine Books, 1995). ISBN 978-1-874181-14-9


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Statistics include the following competitions
Cambrian Cup, Conference League Cup, English Jubilee Fund, FA Cup , FA Trophy , Football League Cup, Lancashire Floodlit Trophy, Lancashire Junior Cup, Lancashire League Medal Competition, Lancashire Senior Cup, League, Liverpool Senior Cup, Northern Premier League Cup, Northern Premier League Shield, PLAY OFFS , President's Cup, President's Inter League, Third Division (North) Cup, Welsh Cup,

Season Apps Subs Goals
1956/1957 1905
Total 19 0 5


Games where player was named on the team sheet

Date Competition Venue Opponents Score
17/04/1957 Lancashire Senior Cup / SFA BURNLEY 0 - 1
16/03/1957 League / D3NA BARROW 1 - 1
09/03/1957 League / D3NH HULL CITY 1 - 0
02/03/1957 League / D3NA WREXHAM 1 - 1
25/12/1956 League / D3NA CREWE ALEXANDRA 0 - 0
01/12/1956 League / D3NH WORKINGTON 0 - 1
24/11/1956 League / D3NA GATESHEAD (1930) 1 - 3
21/11/1956 FA Cup / 1RA YORK CITY 1 - 2
17/11/1956 FA Cup / 1H YORK CITY 0 - 0
10/11/1956 League / D3NA DARLINGTON 0 - 1
03/11/1956 League / D3NH BARROW 0 - 0
27/10/1956 League / D3NA HULL CITY 1 - 2
23/10/1956 Lancashire Senior Cup / 1 RH PRESTON NORTH END 2 - 1
20/10/1956 League / D3NH WREXHAM 1 - 1
08/10/1956 Lancashire Senior Cup / 1A PRESTON NORTH END 2 - 2
04/09/1956 League / D3NH HARTLEPOOL 1 - 6
01/09/1956 League / D3NA CARLISLE UNITED 2 - 1
25/08/1956 League / D3NH STOCKPORT COUNTY 0 - 1
21/08/1956 League / D3NH SCUNTHORPE UNITED 2 - 2

Games where player has scored

Date Competition Venue Opponents Score
23/10/1956Lancashire Senior Cup / 1 RH PRESTON NORTH END 2 - 1
20/10/1956League / D3NH WREXHAM 1 - 1
08/10/1956Lancashire Senior Cup / 1A PRESTON NORTH END 2 - 2
01/09/1956League / D3NA CARLISLE UNITED 2 - 1
21/08/1956League / D3NH SCUNTHORPE UNITED 2 - 2