Brian Birch

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For the Bolton Wanderers footballer, see Brian Birch (footballer born 1938).
Brian Birch
Personal information
Full name Brian Birch
Date of birth (1931-11-18)18 November 1931
Place of birth Salford, Lancashire, England
Place of death South Africa
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Playing position Inside forward
Youth career
1946–1948 Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1948–1952 Manchester United 11 (4)
1952 Wolverhampton Wanderers 3 (1)
1952–1955 Lincoln City 56 (15)
1955–1956 Boston United ? (?)
1956–1958 Barrow 60 (27)
1958–1960 Exeter City 19 (1)
1960–1961 Oldham Athletic 35 (10)
1961–1962 Rochdale 11 (0)
Teams managed
1971-1974 Galatasaray
1974-1976 Ethnikos Piraeus F.C.
1976-1977 Helsingborgs IF
1980-1982 Galatasaray
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Brian Birch (born 18 November 1931 in Salford, Lancashire; died in South Africa) was an English footballer who played for several English clubs in the late 1940s, 1950s and early 1960s.

Birch joined Manchester United as a 14-year-old in May 1946, before turning professional two years later. He was 17 when he made his debut on 27 August 1949, playing at inside left in a 1–1 home draw with West Bromwich Albion. Birch was always on the fringes of the United first team, but apart from a spell midway through the 1950–51 season in which he scored four goals in nine appearances, he never lived up to his potential and was sold to Wolverhampton Wanderers for £10,000 towards the end of the 1951–52 season. His tenure at Wolves was short, however, and he was transferred to Lincoln City after just nine months in the West Midlands.

In three years with Lincoln, Birch played in more than fifty matches, scoring 15 goals. He then dropped out of league football for a season in 1955, joining Boston United, before moving to Barrow in 1956. He became a first team regular at Barrow, making 60 appearances and scoring 27 goals in just over two seasons there. Exeter City signed him in September 1958, but he was on the move again in January 1960, this time to Oldham Athletic. He moved to Rochdale in March 1961, before going into coaching at the end of the 1961–62 season.

He dipped in and out of playing for the next few years, picking up appearances for Boston United, Mossley and Ellesmere Port, but his coaching experience eventually led him to Blackburn Rovers in 1967, where he became the coach to one of the club's junior teams.

Birch was trainer of Galatasaray from 1970 till 1973. He won three consecutive championships with Galatasaray in Turkish First League[1] and Helsingborgs IF.


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