Former Blues star Merrick dies

The former England player made a club-record 551 appearances for

Blues between 1939 and 1960. He then took charge of City and led

them to a League Cup final success against local rivals Aston Villa

in 1963. Sparkhill-born Merrick made his debut as an 18-year-old

apprentice and went on to represent England 23 times including in

the 1954 World Cup. Merrick’s contribution to City was recognised

last year when the former Railway End Stand at St Andrew’s was

renamed the Gil Merrick Stand in his honour. He was also the first

player to be inducted into the club’s Legend’s XI in late 2009. And

Merrick received a further accolade after supporters voted him

their choice to represent the club on the Broad Street Walk of

Stars in Birmingham city centre. The club and its supporters will

be commemorating Merrick’s life at Sunday’s Premier League game

against Wolves at St. Andrew’s.