Full Name:
Brian Bithell
Date of Birth:
05 October 1956
Place of Birth:
Watford, Hertfordshire
Brian Bithell
(1977/78 - 1978/79)
After signing for Stoke City as an apprentice straight from school, Brian Bithell turned professional at the Victoria Ground in October 1973 and became a regular in the first team during the 1976-77 season, playing alongside Garth Crooks and Peter Shilton. Following a loan period at Port Vale, Allen Batsford snapped him up on a free transfer in December 1977 and he made his debut in the disastrous Boxing Day defeat at Rochdale.

Despite filling in at right-back, midfield and central-defence, illness and injury meant he fell out of favour when Dario Gradi took over in the New Year and he had made only six appearances before moving to Winsford United in October 1978. He then had brief spells at Macclesfield Town, Witton Ablion, Stafford Rangers, Congleton Town and Rhyl. Since 1979 he has worked as a systems and logistics manager for Tesco Distribution at Middlewich.
=== Wikipedia entry ===

Brian Bithell (born 5 October 1956) is an English former footballer who played as a defender for Stoke City, Port Vale, Wimbledon, Macclesfield Town, Stafford Rangers, Congleton Town and Rhyl.

Playing career

Bithell started his career with Stoke City. He started 16 First Division games in the 1976–77 season, as both Tony Waddington and George Eastham proved unable to lead the "Potters" away from the relegation zone. He never featured in the Second Division, and instead crossed the Potteries divide in September 1977 to spend time on loan with Roy Sproson's Port Vale in the Third Division. He only played two games at Vale Park, before returning to the Victoria Ground the following month. He joined Dario Gradi's Wimbledon in December 1977, featuring in six Fourth Division games towards the end of the 1977–78 season. After leaving Plough Lane he left the Football League, and later played for Macclesfield Town (Northern Premier League), Stafford Rangers (Northern Premier League), Congleton Town and Rhyl. After retiring, he worked as a manager at a Tesco in Middlewich. He now works as a team leader for ceva on the night shift at the Bentley site at Crewe.

Career statistics


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1977/78: Appearances: 0 - Substitute: 0 - Goals: 0
1978/79: Appearances: 0 - Substitute: 0 - Goals: 0
- Total: Appearances: 0 - Substitute: 0 - Goals: 0