|Full name||Conyers Kirby|
|Date of birth||1884|
|Place of birth||Birmingham, England|
|Date of death||9 April 1946 (aged 61–62)|
|Place of death||Middlesex, England|
|Playing position||Outside right|
|–||Royal Army Medical Corps||?||(?)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Kirby was born in the Bordesley Green district of Birmingham. While serving in the Royal Army Medical Corps, he represented them at football and became a champion sprinter. In 1905 he joined Southern League club Fulham, for whom he played four league games.2 In the 1906 close season he joined Birmingham,3 for whom he made his only Football League appearance,1 on 6 September 1906 in the First Division match at home to Newcastle United which Birmingham lost 4–2.4 He later joined Blackpool, without appearing in the Football League, and played non-league football for Worcester City, Kidderminster Harriers and Willenhall Pickwick, before returning to Fulham in 1913.13
Kirby retired from playing in 1918 and moved to Spain, where he became a referee35 and a football manager. He coached both CE Europa and FC Barcelona during the 1920s. He was appointed CE Europa manager in August 19226 In 1923 he guided Europa to the Campionat de Catalunya. After finishing level on points with FC Barcelona, Europa then beat them 1–0 in a title play-off. They then represented Catalonia in the Copa del Rey and after defeating Sevilla FC and Sporting Gijón in earlier rounds, they lost 1–0 to Athletic Bilbao in the final at the Les Corts.
Kirby was subsequently appointed coach of FC Barcelona in December 1924 and replaced Jesza Poszony.7 His first game in charge was a 2–0 win in a friendly against First Vienna FC on Christmas Day 1925. He remained in charge for 39 games.
He died in Spain on 9 April 1946.1
- Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: SoccerData (Tony Brown). p. 148. ISBN 978-1-899468-67-6.
- "Conyers Kirby". FulhamWeb. Retrieved 18 October 2010.
- Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 104. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9.
- Matthews, p. 153.
- , La Vanguardia, 12 February 1924
- , El Mundo Deportivo, 28 August 1922
- , El Mundo Deportivo, 1 December 1924
- , El Mundo Deportivo, 11 September 1925
- , El Mundo Deportivo, 28 May 1926