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Ted Birnie
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Full name Edward Lawson Birnie
Date of birth 25 August, 1878
Place of birth    Sunderland, England
Date of death    December, 1935
Playing position Centre half
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Newcastle United
Crystal Palace
Tottenham Hotspur
Teams managed
1922–1934 Southend United

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Edward Lawson 'Ted' Birnie (born 25 August, 1878 in Sunderland–died December, 1935) was a professional footballer and manager. He played for Sunderland Seaburn, Newcastle United, Crystal Palace, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur [1] and he was manager of Southend United.[2]

Playing career

Birnie began his career at local club Sunderland Seaburn before joining Newcastle United. The commanding centre half played in 19 matches between 1898–1903. Birtie went on to play for Crystal Palace where he featured in 29 matches in all competitions. In 1906 he joined Chelsea. Birtie participated in 101 games and scored on three occasions for the Stamford Bridge club. Tottenham Hotspur signed him 1910, he went on to play in four matches and score a single goal at White Hart Lane.[3]

Coaching and management career

After his playing career had ended, Birnie joined German club FC Mülheim as a coach. He then had spells as trainer at Sunderland and Rochdale. In 1922 he became manager of Southend United and spent 12 seasons in charge of the club. Becoming the only manager to preside over a Southend team for more than 500 matches (April 2009). Birnie retired in May, 1934, but would be beset with ill-health and died in December, 1935 aged 55.[2]


  1. ^ Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records. soccerdata. p. 26. ISBN 1-899468-63-3.  
  2. ^ a b Southend United managers Retrieved 9 April, 2009
  3. ^ A-Z of Tottenham Hotspur players Retrieved 9 April, 2009


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