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Joseph (Joe) BIRCH
 
Joseph Birch, known as Joe, was born on the 6th July 1904 in Hednesford, Staffordshire.
 
Joe had a passion, and that was football. His favorite position was full-back.
 
In 1920, he joined non-league football club Cannock, playing for them for six years.
 
In 1926, he joined Hednesford Town. He only played for Hednesford for two years.
 
In 1928 aged 24, Joe was on the move again and joined Frst Division Birmingham. He was only with them the one season 1928 – 1929, and he only played one game for them. That was on Boxing Day 1928 against Bolton Wonderers, when Birmingham suffered a 6 – 2 defeat.
 
He moved later in 1929 joining Third Division South, Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic. He was with them until 1931, and during his time there played 26 games for them.
 
He moved on again, this time to Fulham. In his first season with them 1931 – 32, he contributed to them winning the Third Division South title and consequent promotion. During his seven seasons with the club, he played 185 league games.
 
In 1937, Fulham awarded him a benefit match against the local west London football club, Queens Park Rangers.
 
The following year aged 34, Joe moved on again and joined Colchester United. With them, they won the 1938 – 39 season Southern League Championship. Joe finished his career with Colchester United.
 
In total, Joe made more than 200 Football League appearances. In those appearances, Joe did not score any goals, not surprisingly as his position was full-back.
 
On the 4th December 1980, aged 76, Joe sadly died in Colchester, Essex.
 
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