Walsall Staffs Born 85 Alan Birch


Personal information
Date of birth 12 August 1956 (age 58)
Place of birth West Bromwich, England

Playing position Winger

Youth

1972 Walsall as an apprentice

Senior career
Years                     Team                               Apps       (Gls)
1973–1979              Walsall                             191         (24)
1979–1981             Chesterfield                         90         (35)
1981–1982             Wolverhampton Wanderers    15          (0)
1982–1983             Barnsley                               44        (10)
1983–1984             Chesterfield                           32         (5)
1984–1986             Rotherham United                101        (28)
1986–1987             Scunthorpe United                 23         (2)
1987–1988             Stockport County                  20          (3)
Frickley Athletic                    ?            ?

Total                          511        (107)
Alan Birch (born 12 August 1956) is an English former professional footballer who played as a winger, making over 500 career appearances.He is the brother of Paul Birch who played for Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Alan arrived at Walsall as a 16 year old in 1972 after having had some trial games with West Bromwich Albion. He came through his apprentiship and signed professionaling in August/september 1973. Alam was loved by the fans for the enthusiasm and energy he gave on the field, he soon settled into the team and became a regular playing 191 times inclusive of substitute games, and scored 24 goals. He was sold to Chesterfield for a sum of around £40,000 in 1979, two years later he joined Wolves for £180,000 but never settled into the Wolverhampton system. He was sold to Barnsley and then returned to Chesterfield, Rotherham, Scunthorpe United, Stockport County and Frickley Athletic.

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