Cliff Birks

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Cliff Birks
Personal information
Full name Clifford Birks[1]
Date of birth (1910-12-13)13 December 1910[1]
Place of birth Hanley, Staffordshire, England[1]
Date of death 1998 (aged 87–88)
Playing position Right-half / Outside-right
Youth career
Stoke St. Peters
Stoke City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1929–1936 Port Vale 58 (7)
1936–1937 Torquay United 1 (1)
1937–1938 Halifax Town 3 (0)
Total 62 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Clifford Birks (born 13 December 1910 – 1998) was an English professional footballer who played as both a right-half and at outside-right for Stoke City, Port Vale, Torquay United and Halifax Town in the 1930s.

Playing career[edit]

Birks played for Stoke St. Peters and Stoke City, before joining Port Vale in November 1929.[1] He made his debut on 27 December 1932, in a 2–1 win over Charlton Athletic at The Old Recreation Ground, and made 21 Second Division appearances and one FA Cup appearance in the 1932–33 season.[1] He featured 11 times in the 1933–34 and 1934–35 campaigns, scoring four goals in the last five games of the 1934–35 season.[1] He scored three goals in 15 league games in the 1935–36 season, finding himself on the score-sheet against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane, but was released in May 1936.[1] He joined Torquay United of the Third Division South, but was kept out of the side due to the form of Fred Beedall and George Daniels in the 1936–37 camapign; Birks made his "Gulls" debut at Plainmoor on 16 January 1937, scoring in the 4–1 defeat to Southend United. However, this was to be his only appearance for Torquay and he left to join Halifax Town for the following season. He played just three Third Division North games for Halifax before leaving both The Shay and the Football League. During the war he guested for Leicester City.[1]

Statistics[edit]

Source:[2]

Club Season Division League FA Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Port Vale 1932–33 Second Division 21 0 1 0 0 0 22 0
1933–34 Second Division 11 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
1934–35 Second Division 11 4 0 0 0 0 11 4
1935–36 Second Division 15 3 0 0 0 0 15 3
Total 58 7 1 0 0 0 59 7
Torquay United 1936–37 Third Division South 1 1 0 0 1 0 2 1
Halifax Town 1937–38 Third Division North 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Career Total 61 8 1 0 1 0 63 8

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 31. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. ASIN 0952915200. 
  2. ^ Cliff Birks profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)