Mr Gilbert Merrick

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  1. John Woodfiels says:

    I modelled myself on ‘Gill’ in all my goalkeeping playing day, I even grew a moustache. What a lovely man. One Saturday when I played for my school he and another great Birmingham City goalkeeper Harry Hibbs (then Walsall manager) came to watch me play.

  2. John Wilson says:

    I knew him and his son. In the late 60’s every Saturday night he would go and collect ‘The Sports Argus” from the local paper shop, politely waiting. I also played for him at Bromsgrove Rovers. I spoke to him shortly before he died (he did not remember me) and he was as unassuming as ever. The word gentleman was invented for him.

  3. gary jones says:

    shirley merrick.hi ive come across some family photos of gils brother fred merrick who married my aunt.im trying to get hold of neil to see if he remembers his uncle freddie,can you help many thanks gary

  4. Dave Richards says:

    Gil was a lovely man. I knew him well, along with wife and three children, as I lived just off Bills Lane. The girls were lovely, too, and I played football with “Little Neil” in Shirley Park.

    Both Gil and his wife drove me into Birmingham about 1964-65 as I was a kid just starting work with Birmingham Education Committee. I seem to remember him becoming Personnel Manager (or something similar) with a company called S&U.

    A great man, sadly lost to this world.

  5. Shirley Merrick says:

    What a lovely dedication to a great man, my father-in-law. Neil, his son, tells me the cabinet in the picture took pride of place in the sitting room. Thank you for remembering a lovely man.

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