Tony Bircumshaw

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Tony Bircumshaw
Personal information
Full name Tony Bircumshaw
Date of birth (1945-02-08) 8 February 1945 (age 72)
Place of birth Mansfield, England
Height 5 ft (152 cm) 9
Playing position Full back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1962–1966 Notts County 148 (1)
1966–1971 Hartlepool United[1] 183 (11)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Tony Bircumshaw (born 8 February 1945 in Mansfield, England) is a former footballer who played in the full back position.

Bircumshaw was a product of the youth system at Notts County where his older brother Peter Bircumshaw was already a first team regular. Tony Bircumshaw made his Football League debut on 3 April 1961 for Notts County at Brentford and at 16 years and 54 days he set a record as the club's youngest player.[2] The record remains in place to date,[3] although he was outstripped for the all competitions record when Jermaine Pennant featured for the club in an FA Cup tie as a 15-year-old.[4]

Bircumshaw left Notts in July 1966, to move to Hartlepool United, remaining at the club until 1971. Whilst there, he was a member of the side that won promotion in the 1967–68 season.[5]


  1. ^ B.J. Hugman, Rothmans Football League Players Records The Complete A-Z 1946–1981, 1981, p. 74
  2. ^ M. Golesworthy, Soccer Who's Who, London: Robert Hale, 1964, p. 24
  3. ^ G. & J. Rollin, Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2008–2009, London: Headline, 2008, p. 295
  4. ^ Up the Maggies!. "Notts County FC Records". Retrieved 13 November 2016. 
  5. ^ Profile on a Hartlepool site