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Gil Merrick

Gil Merrick

(1922 – 2010)

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Gil Merrick

Gil Merrick
(1922 – 2010)

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Gil Merrick

(1922 – 2010)
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This is a tribute to Gil Merrick. Gilbert Harold "Gil" Merrick was an English footballer and football manager. Considered one of the best goalkeepers in the UK during the mid-1950s, Gil Merrick was one in a long line of great Birmingham City keepers which included the likes of Johnny Schofield and Harry Hibbs. Gil Merrick spent his entire career at Birmingham City, playing more than 700 times between 1939 and 1960. He made 170 appearances during the Second World War and 485 in the Football League following the end of the war. He won 23 caps for the England national football team, and played in the 1954 World Cup.
Gil Merrick was born in Sparkhill, Birmingham. He signed professional terms with Birmingham in
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August 1939, and would remain with the team until his retirement in 1960, and would also manage the club from 1960 to 1964. At first, Merrick was third choice keeper behind boyhood hero Harry Hibbs and Jack Wheeler, and this meant that Gil Merrick would have to wait until 20 May 1940 to make his debut in the Birmingham first team, but the club was only playing in the Midland Regional League due to the Second World War. With the retirement of Hibbs, Gil gained the chance to play more competitive football, and by the end of the second world war had amassed 170 appearances for the Blues, including a FA Cup Semi-Final against Derby County, which Derby won 4–0 after a replay.
When the football league re-started
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in 1946, Gil Merrick found himself playing regularly for the recently renamed Birmingham City. In 1948, Gil Merrick helped guide Birmingham City to the Division Two title, only missing six games along the way. He played regularly for the Blues up until the end of the 1954–55 season when another Blues prodigy, Johnny Schofield replaced him in goal due to injury. During this time, Gil achieved an amazing 126 league games in a row, from 15 April 1949 to 5 April 1952. He also played in every FA Cup game during this time, another nine games, including an FA Cup semi-final appearance against Blackpool, which the Blues lost 2–1.
By the 1955–56 season, Merrick had once again firmly established
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himself in the Birmingham City goal, as the Blues produced their best ever season, finishing sixth in Division One, and reaching the FA Cup Final, where they lost to Manchester City. Gil Merrick was also the keeper when Birmingham reached the FA Cup semi-final the following year, only to be knocked out by Manchester United.
Gil also played in the 1956–58 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, where Birmingham reached the semi-final, and were knocked out by Barcelona 2–1 after a replay at the St. Jakob Stadium. He also played some part in the 1958–60 tournament, but had lost his place in the Birmingham team to Schofield when Birmingham lost to Barcelona in the final.
After only playing one game in
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the 1959–60 season, Gil Merrick retired to become manager of the team he had served so loyally for more than 20 years.
Birmingham City renamed the Railway Stand at their St Andrew's stadium the Gil Merrick Stand for the start of the 2009–10 season. Gil Merrick passed away on the 3rd February 2010. This is an online memorial dedicated to his life and his achievements. May he rest in peace.
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Gil Merrick

This is a tribute to Gil Merrick. Gilbert Harold "Gil" Merrick was an English footballer and football manager. Considered one of the best goalkeepers in the UK during the mid-1950s, Gil Merrick was one in a long line of great Birmingham City keepers which included the likes of Johnny Schofield and Harry Hibbs. Gil Merrick spent his entire career at Birmingham City, playing more than 700 times between 1939 and 1960. He made 170 appearances during the Second World War and 485 in the Football League following the end of the war. He won 23 caps for the England national football team, and played in the 1954 World Cup.
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