|Full name||Brian Birch|
|Date of birth||9 April 1938|
|Place of birth||Southport, Lancashire, England|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Birch made his debut for Bolton at the age of 16 in the autumn of 1954 but did not make the regular first team until the 1957-58 season. He was an ever-present in Bolton's victorious FA Cup run. He remained a regular up to the 1961-62 season but was pushed out of the team by the arrival of Brian Pilkington. Staying on the fringes for three more years he finally made the short journey across Lancashire to Rochdale, where he remained for three more years before moving into non-league football.
Birch was a schoolboy international, and was capped by England at youth level.
Birch is the grandfather of Canadian footballer Will Johnson.