1933/34 League winners medal awarded to Arsenal's J.Birkett
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1933/34 League winners medal awarded to Arsenal's J.Birkett
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1933/34 League winners medal awarded to Arsenal's J.Birkett
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The following 3 lots were awarded to former Arsenal, Middlesbrough and Torquay footballer R.J.E. Birkett. Birkett was a product of Woodthorpe Road School in Middlesex and discovered by Torquay United while playing for Dartmouth United. He made his league debut on the right wing in March 1930, starring in a 7-0 win against Bournemouth. In 1933, after 95 league games in which he scored 19 times for Torquay, Birkett moved to Arsenal for a fee of £1,588. His First Division debut came on the 2nd of September 1933 against Sheffield Wednesday, winning a League Championship medal in his first season at the club (1933-34). The following season he struggled to make the first team, he scored twice in Arsenal's 1934 Charity Shield win, 3-0 over Everton. However, his first-team opportunities became limited. Birkett left for Middlesbrough in March 1935, after only 19 league appearances for Arsenal, in which he scored 7 goals. His Middlesbrough debut came on 16 March 1935 against Preston North End and later that year, on 19 October, Birkett made his only international appearance for England, against Northern Ireland; England won 3-1. He was selected to play a second game, but suffered an injury and withdrew. His replacement was a young Stanley Matthews, and that effectively saw the premature end of Birkett's England career. In July 1938, he moved to Newcastle United, but the war intervened and cut short his career — he was only 26 when it began, but was 33 by the time league football resumed.
1933/34 League winners medal awarded to Arsenal's J.Birkett
A circular medal, to the obverse with 'THE FOOTBALL LEAGUE CHAMPIONS DIVISION I', the reverse engraved 'ARSENAL FOOTBALL CLUB 1933-34 R.J.BIRKETT'. Hallmarked, 9ct gold, ring suspension, complete with original case.
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