Made only four appearances for Tottenham, but Eddie Birnie did manage to score one time in his short Spurs career.
Starting playing in the early 1900s, Eddie Birnie began his career at Newcastle United, but when he couldn't get a first team place at St. James' Park, the defender moved down to London to play for Crystal Palace, who had just been formed, later joining Chelsea before moving to White Hart Lane. Eddie had originally been a winger, but had been moved back to midfield and developed as a steady centre-half.
Birnie waited until October for his debut and then another five months for his second game, which was against title chasing Manchester United, which is where he scored his one Tottenham goal, but it could not stop Spurs slipping to a 2-3 defeat, which heightened our relegation worries at the bottom of the First Division.
He played his last game for the club in April against Everton and left in the summer of that year to Mulheim in Germany, where he combined his playing with the roles as secretary and coach. Birnie was there for a year, but came back to end his playing days with Rochdale in England.
Moving on, Eddie got a position as a trainer at Sunderland before he was offered the Southend United manager's job in 1921. He was there for over ten years, overseeing over 500 matches and taking the club from re-election to the fringes of promotion to Division Two before finishing his footballing involvement coaching and managing in Germany just prior to World War 2 suffering ill-health.
Eddie Birnie died in Southend, Essex, England on 21st December 1935.