|Date of birth||1891|
|Place of birth||Grenoside, England|
|Date of death||1964 (aged 72–73)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
World War I
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.
Upon returning to England, Birch made 27 appearances for Sheffield Wednesday in the Football League between August 1919 and January 1923. He later played for Chesterfield, scoring 5 goals in 141 League appearances. He later played non-League football with Denaby United.
- (Dutch) Engelse geïnterneerden en het voetbal in Groningen tijdens de Eerste Wereldoorlog
- (Dutch) Arnold Birch: de eerste profvoetballer van Groningen Archived 24 March 2005 at the Wayback Machine.
- Sheffield Wednesday Archive
- Chesterfield F.C. official website Archived 2 September 2012 at the Wayback Machine.