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Gil Merrick gave his life and soul to Birmingham City, serving it as player and manager before the club broke his heart with the manner of his dismissal. Loyalty could have been Gil's middle name. A stand has now been named after him. This is his story.
His time at the club coincided with many of the best days (and nights) in its history; Promotions, F.A. Cup Final appearances, European success, domestic success, the introduction of European coaching methods and giving debuts to many great young players.
Who knows how Gil would have fared in today's game where money rules and international players become celebrities. There is though little doubt that he would have remained level-headed and taken the trappings of success in his stride.
But would he have remained with one club for 25 years? This is a fascinating biography of Birmingham City hero, Gil Merrick. Based on hours of in-depth interviews with Gil, this title tells the goal-keeper's story.
About the Author
Keith Dixon was raised in Small Heath within a mile of St Andrew's and has supported the Blues since he was eight years of age.
His love of the Blues turned into a financial bonus for the club when as managing director of Triton Showers he agreed to be the shirt sponsors for three years in 1993.
He is a committee member of the Birmingham City Former Player's Association and helps raise funds by organising themed evenings with former players and managers.