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Ralph Birkett

Middlesbrough FC

1 appearance, 1 goal

P 1 W 1 D 0 L 0 F 3: A 1
100% successful

1935

disciplined: none
captaincies:
none
minutes played:
90

Profile

Full name Ralph James Evans Birkett
Born 9 January 1913 at 5 Belmont Road, Ellacombe, Torquay, Devonshire [registered as Ralph J.E. in Newton Abbot, March 1913]. To James William and Minnie Emma (neé Evans)

Birthplace notes

So much confusion surrounds Birkett's birthplace, but the essential details provided are taken from his undisputed birth certificate.
Married to Irene M. Besley [registered as Ralph J. in Middlesbrough, North Riding, December 1936].
Died 8 July 2002 in Brixham, Devon, aged 89 years 180 days [registered as Ralph James, in Torbay, July 2002].
Height/Weight 5' 9", 11st. 4lbs [1938].

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & FindMyPast.com

Club Career

Club(s) Began his junior career representing London and captaining the Middlesex County boys. Birkett continued his player career with Dartmouth United FC of the Plymouth & District League. Joined Torquay United FC as an amateur in 1929, and sturning professional March 1930. After scoring nineteen goals in 95 league appearances, Birkett joined Arsenal FC on 20 April 1933 for a £1500 transfer fee, but only made nineteen league appearances, in which he scored seven times. He joined Middlesbrough FC on 15 March 1935 for a £5000 fee and made 93 league appearances, with a return of 35 goals. Newcastle United FC signed him on 30 July 1938 for £5900, he managed to score three goals in 24 league appearances before war interrupted his career. During the war, he served as a Physical Training instructor in the Army and made guest appearances for Darlington FC, Fulham FC, Chester FC, back at Middlesbrough FC, Chelsea FC and Reading FC. He retired in 1941. Although he did make one further appearance for Torquay United FC in 1945, before league football resumed.
Club honours None
Individual honours Football League (two appearances)
Distinctions None

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

England Career

Player number One of three who became the 615th players (617) to appear for England.
Position(s) Outside-right
Only match No. 199, 19 October 1935, Ireland 1 England 3, a British Championship match at Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast, aged 22 years 283 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1935-36
Team honours None
Individual honours England wartime (one appearance)
Distinctions None

Beyond England

No additional information, but after leaving. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.34.

 

Ralph Birkett - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
2 1 1 90 1 90 min 1 none none
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.  The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.

 

Ralph Birkett - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Away - British Championship 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2 0 0 3.00 1.00 100.0 +1
All 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2 0 0 3.00 1.00 100.0 +1

 

Ralph Birkett - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1934-35 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2 0 0 3.00 1.00 100.0 +1
BC All 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2 0 0 3.00 1.00 100.0 +1
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2 0 0 3.00 1.00 100.0 +1
All 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2 0 0 3.00 1.00 100.0 +1

 

Ralph Birkett - Match History
 Club: Middlesbrough F.C. - 1 full cap

Coach: F.A. International Select Commttee - 1 full capx

Age 22
1 199 19 October 1935 - Ireland 1 England 3, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AW Start 63 or
- 200 4 December 1935 - England 3 Germany 0, White Hart Lane, Tottenham Fr HW withdrew injured

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