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David Mercer

Sheffield United FC

2 appearances, 1 goal

P 2 W 2 D 0 L 0 F 8: A 1
100% successful

1922-23

disciplined: none
captaincies:
none
minutes played:
180

Profile

Full name David William Mercer
Born 20 March 1893 in St. Helens, Lancashire [registered in Prescot, June 1893].
Baptised 30 April 1893 in St. Peters Church, Parr, St. Helens. Child of Arthur & Margaret Mercer. Fathers occupation: Labourer. Baptised by W. Edmondson.

Census Notes

According to the 1901 census, the eight year old David is the third of six children to Arthur and Margaret (née Coates). They live at 194 Bamford Street in St Helens. His father is a bricksetter's labourer. They live at 192 Ramford Street in Parr, St. Helens.

According to the 1911 census, David William is the eldest of five children living with their widowed father at 77 Charnwood Street in Parr. David works in the coal mines.

According to the 1939 register, David W., a golf club groundsman, and Margaret A. are married and are living at 20 Rowley Road in Torquay, along with children, Robert N. and Arthur D..
Married to Margaret A. Lucas [registered in Hull, September 1915]. Two children, Robert N. (b.23 February 1916) and Arthur D. (b.14 February 1918).
Died 3 June 1950, aged 57 years 75 days [registered in Newton Abbot, Devon, June 1950].
Height/Weight 5' 7½", 11st. 3lbs [1925].

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & Ancestry.com

Club Career

Club(s) Began his career with Prescot Athletic FC, and also played with Skelmersdale United FC. Both Mercer and Sherratt joined Hull City FC on 22 January 1914 for a forty pound each transfer fee, with an extra ten pound payable if either make the first team. He signed for Sheffield United FC in a record fee for a British transfer at the time, £4,500, on 13 December 1920. He joined Shirebrook FC on 26 October 1928. Torquay United FC on 9 June 1929, where he retired in August 1930.
Club honours FA Cup winners 1924-25;
Individual honours Football League (one appearance)
Distinctions Partnered his brother, Arthur, during his Sheffield United days. Father of Arthur Mercer (Torquay United 1946-49)

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

England Career

Player number One of five who became the 433rd players (435) to appear for England.
Position(s) Outside-right
First match No. 130, 21 October 1922, England 2 Ireland 0, a British Championship match at The Hawthorns, Sandwell, West Bromwich, aged 29 years 215 days.
Last match No. 132, 19 March 1923, England 6 Belgium 1, a friendly match at Arsenal Stadium, Highbury, London, aged 29 years 364 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1922-23;
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

Beyond England

No additional information. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.172.
According to newspaper reports, when he retired from football in Torquay, he opened a bed and breakfast establishment in the popular Devonshire resort.

 

David Mercer - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
2 2 1 180 1 180 min 0 none none
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.  The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.

 

David Mercer - Match Record - All Matches
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 2 2 0 0 8 1 +7 0 1 4.00 0.50 100.0 +2
All 2 2 0 0 8 1 +7 0 1 4.00 0.50 100.0 +2

 

David Mercer - Match Record - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
British Championship 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 0 1 2.00 0.00 100.0 +1
Friendly 1 1 0 0 6 1 +5 0 0 6.00 1.00 100.0 +1
All 2 2 0 0 8 1 +7 0 1 4.00 0.50 100.0 +2

 

David Mercer - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1922-23 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 0 1 2.00 0.00 100.0 +1
BC All 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 0 1 2.00 0.00 100.0 +1
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 0 1 2.00 0.00 100.0 +1
All 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 0 1 2.00 0.00 100.0 +1

 

David Mercer - Match History
 Club: Sheffield United F.C. - 2 full caps

Coach: F.A. Internationals Select Committee - 2 full capsx

Age 29
1 130 21 October 1922 - England 2 Ireland 0, The Hawthorns, West Bromwich BC HW Start or
2 132 19 March 1932 - England 6 Belgium 1, Arsenal Stadium, Highbury Fr HW Start 59 or

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