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Gil Merrick

Birmingham City FC

23 appearances, 45 goals against
five clean sheets, three penalties conceded

P 23 W 11 D 7 L 5 F 57: A 45
63% successful

1951-54

disciplined: none
captaincies:
none
minutes played:
2046

Profile

Full name Gilbert Harold Merrick
Born 26 January 1922 at 28 Shakespeare Street, Sparkhill, Warwickshire [registered in King's Norton, March 1922]. To Harold and Nellie (née) Howle.
Attended Fenton Road School, Acocks Green,

notes

Appeared on Midland Electoral Registers, particularly in 1945, where Gilbert H. and [Joan M.]  were living at 85 Fenton Road, in Acock's Green, Birmingham. In 1955, he and Dorothy were living at 56 Brays Road in Sheldon. Also lived at 8 Bills Lane, Solihull in 1961.

Married twice, to Dorothy Jean Voce [registered in Birmingham, December 1944]. Two children, Jill and Neil. Jean died in May 1996. Then, to Ivy on 20 April 2007.
Died 3 February 2010, aged 88 years 8 days.
Height/Weight 6' 1", 13st. 0lbs [1951].

Source

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

Biographies I See It All - Gil Merrick (Museum Press, London, 1954)
Gil Merrick - Keith Dixon
(Breedon Publishing, April 2009)
 

x. - A Football Compendium, Peter J. Seddon (1999).

Club Career

Club(s) Gil signed professional forms for £10 with Birmingham FC, in August 1939, at the age of 17, after being spotted by Walter Taylor in a trial game for Solihull Town FC and Shirley Town FC. He had only signed amateur forms with Solihull only weeks before. He had been playing for Fenton Rovers FC, Shirley Juniors FC and Olton Sports FC. He remained with Birmingham City FC until 1964. He debuted during the war, and then after 485 league appearances, he hung up his gloves in May 1960.
Club honours Football League South Champions 1945-46; Football League Division Two winners 1947-48, 1954-55; FA Cup runners-up 1955-56;
Individual honours Football League (eleven appearances)
Distinctions Gil is the son of a sheet metal worker who had played semi-professionally for Birmingham. Gil´s grandfather had worked for the haulage firm which had helped to build the St Andrew´s ground in 1906.
The Railway Stand at St. Andrews was renamed the Gil Merrick Stand in April 2009.
Birmingham Walk of Stars August 2009.
Birmingham City FC Hall of Fame October 2009;

Source

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

Management Career

Club(s) He took over the managerial reigns of Birmingham City FC in May 1960, a role he kept until 29 April 1964, when the board of directors asked for Merrick's resignation, which he duly gave. He became part-time manager of Bromsgove Rovers FC in early 1967 and managed Atherstone Town FC in 1970.
Club honours Inter-Cities Fairs Cup runners-up 1960-61; League Cup winners 1962-63;

England Career

Player number 710th player to appear for England. 73rd goalkeepr to appear.
Position(s) Goalkeeper
First match No. 267, 14 November 1951, England 2 Ireland 0, a British Championship match at Villa Park, Trinity Road, Aston, Birmingham, aged 29 years 292 days.
Last match No. 290, 26 June 1954, Uruguay 4 England 2, a World Cup Finals group match at Sankt Jakob Stadium, Basel, aged 32 years 151 days.
Major tournaments World Cup Finals 1954;
British Championships 1951-52, 1952-53, 1953-54;
Team honours British Championships winners 1953-54. shared 1951-52, 1952-53;
Individual honours None
Distinctions Merrick's stats were savaged by a final season in which he conceded thirty goals in ten matches. He only conceded fifteen in his first thirteen matches. The first twelve were without defeat.

Beyond England

He also worked for 35 years as personnel manager for S&U, a financial services firm in Solihull. Also a Physichal Education teacher at Greenmoor College in Edgbaston. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.172/3./Obituary

 

Gil Merrick - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp
Apps
Starts Sub on Sub
off
Mins. GA GA Av.
min
Comp GA Clean
Sheets
Cln
Sht Av
Capt. Disc.
24 23 11 23 0 0 2046 45 47 min 19 5 63% 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.

 

Gil Merrick - Match Record - All Matches
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 8 4 3 1 26 17 +9 0 2 3.25 2.125 68.8 +3
Away 13 7 3 3 25 20 +5 2 3 1.923 1.538 65.4 +3
Neutral 2 0 1 1 6 8 -2 0 0 3.00 4.00 25.0 -1
All 23 11 7 5 57 45 +12 2 5 2.478 1.957 63.0 +6

 

Gil Merrick - Match Record - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L

WCP

3 3 0 0 11 4 +7 0 0 3.667 1.333 100.0 +3
WCF 3 1 1 1 8 8 =0 0 1 2.667 2.667 50.0 =0
World Cup 6 4 1 1 19 12 +7 0 1 3.167 2.00 75.0 +3
British Championship 8 6 2 0 24 11 +13 0 1 3.00 1.375 87.5 +6

Note that the 1953-54 records of the World Cup Preliminaries and British Championships are duplicated, and one set is therefore deducted from the grand total.

Friendly 12 4 4 4 25 26 -1 2 3 2.083 2.167 50.0 =0
All 23 11 7 5 57 45 +12 2 5 2.478 1.957 63.0 +6

 

Gil Merrick - Match Record - Tournament Matches
World Cup Preliminary Tournaments
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WCP/BC 1953-54 3 3 0 0 11 4 +7 0 0 3.667 1.333 100.0 +3
All 3 3 0 0 11 4 +7 0 0 3.667 1.333 100.0 +3
World Cup Final Tournaments
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WCF 1954 3 1 1 1 8 8 =0 0 1 2.667 2.667 50.0 =0
All 3 1 1 1 8 8 =0 0 1 2.667 2.667 50.0 =0
World Cup Preliminary and Final Tournaments
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WC 1952-54 6 4 1 1 19 12 +7 0 1 3.167 2.00 75.0 +3
All 6 4 1 1 19 12 +7 0 1 3.167 2.00 75.0 +3
British Championship
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1951-52 2 2 0 0 4 1 +3 0 1 2.00 0.50 100.0 +2
BC 1952-53 3 1 2 0 9 6 +3 0 0 3.00 2.00 66.7 +1
BC/WCP 1953-54 3 3 0 0 11 4 +7 0 0 3.667 1.333 100.0 +3
All 8 6 2 0 24 11 +13 0 1 3.00 1.375 87.5 +6
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WC 6 4 1 1 19 12 +7 0 1 3.167 2.00 75.0 +3
BC 8 6 2 0 24 11 +13 0 1 3.00 1.375 87.5 +6

Note that the 1953-54 records of the World Cup Preliminaries and British Championships are duplicated, and one set is therefore deducted from the grand total.

All 11 7 3 1 32 19 +13 0 2 2.909 1.727 77.3 +6

 

Gil Merrick - Match History
 Club: Birmingham City F.C. - 23 full caps

Coach: Walter Winterbottom - 23 full capsx

Age 29
1 267 14 November 1951 - England 2 Ireland 0, Villa Park, Trinity Road, Aston, Birmingham BC HW Start 1
2 268 28 November 1951 - England 2 Austria 2, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HD Start 1
Age 30
3 269 5 April 1952 - Scotland 1 England 2, Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow BC AW Start 1
4 270 18 May 1952 - Italy 1 England 1, Stadio Comunale di Firenze, Firenze Tour AD Start 1
5 271 25 May 1952 - Austria 2 England 3, Praterstadion, Prater, Wien AW Start 1
6 272 28 May 1952 - Switzerland 0 England 3, Hardturm Sportplatz, Zürich AW Start 1
7 273 4 October 1952 - Ireland 2 England 2, Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast BC AD Start 1
8 274 12 November 1952 - England 5 Wales 2, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London BC HW Start 1
9 275 26 November 1952 - England 5 Belgium 0, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HW Start 1
Age 31
10 276 18 April 1953 - England 2 Scotland 2, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London BC HD Start 1
11 277 17 May 1953 - Argentina 0 England 0, Estadio Monumental, Nuñez, Buenos Aires - abandoned 36 mins. Tour AabD Start 1
12 278 24 May 1953 - Chile 1 England 2, Estadio Nacional de Chile, Ñuñoa, Santiago AW Start 1
13 279 31 May 1953 - Uruguay 2 England 1, Estadio Centenario, Montevideo AL Start 1
- 280 8 June 1953 - USA 3 England 6, Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York AW squad member
14 281 10 October 1953 - Wales 1 England 4, Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff BC/
WCP
AW Start 1
15 282 21 October 1953 - England 4 Rest of the World 4, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HD Start 1
16 283 11 November 1953 - England 3 Ireland 1, Goodison Park, Walton, Liverpool BC/
WCP
HW Start 1
17 284 25 November 1953 - England 3 Hungary 6, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HL Start 1
Age 32
18 285 3 April 1954 - Scotland 2 England 4, Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow BC/
WCP
AW Start 1
19 286 16 May 1954 - Yugoslavia 1 England 0, Stadion Jugoslovenska Narodna Armija, Beograd Tour AL Start 1
20 287 23 May 1954 - Hungary 7 England 1, Népstadion, Budapest AL Start 1
21 288 17 June 1954 - Belgium 4 England 4, Sankt Jakob Stadium, Basel WCF ND Start 1
22 289 20 June 1954 - England 2 Switzerland 0, Wankdorfstadion, Bern AW Start
23 290 26 June 1954 - Uruguay 4 England 2, Sankt Jakob Stadium, Basel NL Start

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