Bob Birkett

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Bob Birket
Personal information
Full name Robert Kirkham Birket
Date of birth 17 November 1874
Place of birth Weeton, England
Date of death 18 August 1933(1933-08-18) (aged 58)
Playing position Right back / Centre forward / Inside right
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1896–1906 Blackpool 239 (48)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Robert Kirkham "Bob" Birket (17 November 1874 – 18 August 1933) was an English professional footballer who spent his entire ten-year football league career with Blackpool after signing from Fleetwood Rangers.

He made his debut for Blackpool on November 14, 1896, in a 3–1 victory over Lincoln City at Raikes Hall. He scored the hosts' first goal. That was his only appearance in the 1896–97 campaign.

Birket made fourteen league appearances the following season, 1897–98, scoring eight goals. In 1898–99, he was the club's top scorer with fifteen goals in his 24 appearances. His efforts were not enough to keep Blackpool in the Football League, however: they failed to be re-elected, along with Darwen.

In Blackpool's one season in League exile, 1899–90, Birket became the first Blackpool to score a hat-trick. It came against Darwen on 16 November 1899.[1] He also scored five in a Boxing Day victory over Stockport County and four against Wigan Athletic on 17 March 1900.[1]

Birket continued his scoring ways for Blackpool's first season back in the Football League, with ten strikes, again finishing as the club's top scorer.

For the second half of the 1901–02 campaign, Birket was moved to the right-back position. As to be expected his goals dried up and he found the net only twice in his 26 appearances.

He continued in the right-back berth for the remainder of his career, with the majority of his infrequent goals coming from the penalty spot.

Birket played his last game on September 22, 1906, just four games into Blackpool's 1906–07 campaign.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Gillatt, Peter (30 November 2009). Blackpool FC on This Day: History, Facts and Figures from Every Day of the Year. Pitch Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1-905411-50-2. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Calley, Roy (1992-10-20). Blackpool: A Complete Record, 1887–1992, Breedon Books Publishing Co Ltd, ISBN 978-1-873626-07-8