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Gil Merrick

Personal information
Full nameGilbert Harold Merrick
Date of birth26 January 1922
Place of birthSparkhill, Birmingham, England
Date of death3 February 2010(age 88)
Playing positionGoalkeeper

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Gilbert Harold "Gil" Merrick (26 January 1922 3 February 2010), was an English footballer and football manager. Considered one of the best goalkeepers in the UK during the mid-1950s, Merrick was one in a long line of great Birmingham City keepers which included the likes of Johnny Schofield and Harry Hibbs. 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. After retirement as a player, he managed the club for four 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. Merrick's death was announced on 4 February 2010.

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