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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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Season: 1956/1957 [Back to Player Stats]
The player made an appearance in the following games:
Date Competition Venue Opponents Score Goals
21/08/1956 League Home SCUNTHORPE UNITED 2 - 2 1
25/08/1956 League Home STOCKPORT COUNTY 0 - 1 0
01/09/1956 League Away CARLISLE UNITED 2 - 1 1
04/09/1956 League Home HARTLEPOOL 1 - 6 0
08/10/1956 Lancashire Senior Cup / 1 Away PRESTON NORTH END 2 - 2 1
20/10/1956 League Home WREXHAM 1 - 1 1
23/10/1956 Lancashire Senior Cup / 1 R Home PRESTON NORTH END 2 - 1 1
27/10/1956 League Away HULL CITY 1 - 2 0
03/11/1956 League Home BARROW 0 - 0 0
10/11/1956 League Away DARLINGTON 0 - 1 0
17/11/1956 FA Cup / 1 Home YORK CITY 0 - 0 0
21/11/1956 FA Cup / 1R Away YORK CITY 1 - 2 0
24/11/1956 League Away GATESHEAD 1 - 3 0
01/12/1956 League Home WORKINGTON 0 - 1 0
25/12/1956 League Away CREWE ALEXANDRA 0 - 0 0
02/03/1957 League Away WREXHAM 1 - 1 0
09/03/1957 League Home HULL CITY 1 - 0 0
16/03/1957 League Away BARROW 1 - 1 0
17/04/1957 Lancashire Senior Cup / SF Away BURNLEY 0 - 1 0