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Conyers Kirby
Personal information
Full name Conyers Kirby
Date of birth 1884
Place of birth Birmingham, England
Date of death 1945 (aged 60–61)
Place of death Spain
Playing position Outside right
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Royal Army Medical Corps 0? (?)
1905–1906 Fulham 04 (0)
1906–1907 Birmingham 01 (0)
1907–190x Blackpool 00 (0)
Worcester City 0? (?)
1908–1911 Kidderminster Harriers 0? (?)
1911–1913 Willenhall Pickwick 0? (?)
1913–191x Fulham 00 (0)
Teams managed
1922-1924 CE Europa
1924-1925 FC Barcelona
1925-1926 Athletic Bilbao
1930-19xx CE Europa
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Conyers Kirby (1884 – 1945), also known as Ralph Kirby, was an English professional footballer who played in the Football League for Birmingham.[1] He played as a outside right.


Playing career

Kirby was born in the Bordesley Green district of Birmingham. While serving in the Royal Army Medical Corps, he represented them at football and became a champion sprinter. In 1905 he joined Southern League club Fulham, for whom he played four league games.[2] In the 1906 close season he joined Birmingham,[3] for whom he made his only Football League appearance,[1] on 6 September 1906 in the First Division match at home to Newcastle United which Birmingham lost 4–2.[4] He later joined Blackpool, without appearing in the Football League, and played non-league football for Worcester City, Kidderminster Harriers and Willenhall Pickwick, before returning to Fulham in 1913.[1][3]

Coaching career

Kirby retired from playing in 1918 and moved to Spain, where he became a referee[3][5] and a football manager. He coached both CE Europa and FC Barcelona during the 1920s. He was appointed CE Europa manager in August 1922[6] In 1923 he guided Europa to the Campionat de Catalunya. After finishing level on points with FC Barcelona, Europa then beat them 1-0 in a title play-off. They then represented Catalonia in the Copa del Rey and after defeating Sevilla FC and Sporting Gijon in earlier rounds, they lost 1-0 to Athletic Bilbao in the final at the Les Corts.

Kirby was subsequently appointed coach of FC Barcelona in December 1924 and replaced Jesza Poszony.[7]. His first game in charge was a 2-0 win in a friendly against First Vienna FC on Christmas Day 1925. He remained in charge for 39 games.

He joined Athletic Bilbao in September 1925[8] and came back to England in May 1926.[9]

Kirby later rejoined CE Europa and coached them in La Liga during the 1930-31 season. However they finished bottom of the table and were relegated.

He died in Spain in 1945.[1]


CE Europa


  1. ^ a b c d Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: SoccerData (Tony Brown). p. 148. ISBN 978-1-899468-67-6.  
  2. ^ "Conyers Kirby". FulhamWeb. Retrieved 8 June 2009.  
  3. ^ a b c Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 104. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9.  
  4. ^ Matthews, p. 153.
  5. ^ [1], La Vanguardia, 12 February 1924
  6. ^ [2], El Mundo Deportivo, 28 August 1922
  7. ^ [3], El Mundo Deportivo, 1 December 1924
  8. ^ [4], El Mundo Deportivo, 11 September 1925
  9. ^ [5], El Mundo Deportivo, 28 May 1926

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