Arnold Birch

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Arnold Birch
Personal information
Date of birth 1891
Place of birth Grenoside, England
Date of death 1964 (aged 72–73)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
–1914 Tankersley Colliery
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1918 Be Quick ? (?)
1919–1923 Sheffield Wednesday 27 (0)
1923–1927 Chesterfield 141 (5)
1927–1929 Denaby United ? (?)
Total 168 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Arnold Birch (1891 – 1964) was an English professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

World War I[edit]

Birch worked at Newton, Chambers & Company's Tankersley mine until it closed in 1914 at the outbreak of World War I. He voluntarily joined the 1st Royal Naval Brigade. After a flee from Antwerpen, Belgium with his division in October 1914, he spent World War I in a prisoner-of-war camp in Groningen, Netherlands playing football in the highly rated internal competition alongside Harry Waites.

He joined local side Be Quick in 1916 as a masseuge and later as coach and was allowed to play for the team in 1918. Be Quick won the Eerste Klasse North and qualified for the Championship play-off finishing fifth.[1][2]

Football career[edit]

Upon returning to England, Birch made 27 appearances for Sheffield Wednesday in the Football League between August 1919 and January 1923.[3] He later played for Chesterfield, scoring 5 goals in 141 League appearances.[4] He later played non-League football with Denaby United.

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