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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 Challenge Cup, 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 LeagueA BARROW 1 - 1
09/03/1957 LeagueH HULL CITY 1 - 0
02/03/1957 LeagueA WREXHAM 1 - 1
25/12/1956 LeagueA CREWE ALEXANDRA 0 - 0
01/12/1956 LeagueH WORKINGTON 0 - 1
24/11/1956 LeagueA GATESHEAD 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 LeagueA DARLINGTON 0 - 1
03/11/1956 LeagueH BARROW 0 - 0
27/10/1956 LeagueA HULL CITY 1 - 2
23/10/1956 Lancashire Senior Cup / 1 RH PRESTON NORTH END 2 - 1
20/10/1956 LeagueH WREXHAM 1 - 1
08/10/1956 Lancashire Senior Cup / 1A PRESTON NORTH END 2 - 2
04/09/1956 LeagueH HARTLEPOOL 1 - 6
01/09/1956 LeagueA CARLISLE UNITED 2 - 1
25/08/1956 LeagueH STOCKPORT COUNTY 0 - 1
21/08/1956 LeagueH 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
20/10/1956LeagueH WREXHAM 1 - 1
08/10/1956Lancashire Senior Cup / 1A PRESTON NORTH END 2 - 2
01/09/1956LeagueA CARLISLE UNITED 2 - 1
21/08/1956LeagueH SCUNTHORPE UNITED 2 - 2
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