- 29 April 1951
Centre-half Merrick was quick, good in the air and an exceptional reader of the game.
Arsenal twice tried to poach his services, but Merrick remained loyal to City.
He helped the club into the top flight in 1976 and probably would have gone on to join the exclusive 500 appearance club had it not been for the financial demise in 1982.
Merrick was one of the Ashton Gate Eight; players who tore up their long, lucrative contracts to ensure the survival of the club.
He went on to play in Hong Kong and also turned out locally for Gloucester City.