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    Gil Merrick - RIP

    Gil Merrick 1922 - 2010, Birmingham City and England Legend.

    Gilbert Harold "Gil" Merrick (born 26 January 1922) is a former 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.

    Birmingham City renamed the Railway Stand at their St Andrew's stadium the Gil Merrick Stand for the start of the 200910 season.

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    Met him a year or so back, great man.
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