Born: 9th Aug 1914, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire
Died: 9th Aug 1990, Manchester
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- Joe Mercer's career started as a left-half with Ellesmere Port Town before joining Everton in 1932 at the age of 18. He made 186 appearances scoring two goals, as well as his five England caps, until his football career was put on hold due to the outbreak of the Second World War. He captained the majority of the 26 wartime internationals he played in. After the war Mercer moved to Arsenal where he stayed until 1955 making 247 appearances, most of them as club captain. He was voted FWA Footballer of the Year in 1950.
His managerial career started at Sheffield United in 1955 before moving to Aston Villa in 1958, Manchester City in 1965 and Coventry City in 1972.
After Alf Ramsey's sacking as England Manager, Joe Mercer was asked to take over the England team on a caretaker basis. He combined his role as Coventry manager at the same time. Mercer managed England for seven matches in 1974 and he was touted for the job permanently until the FA appointed Don Revie.
He retired from football in 1981 and in later life suffered from Alzheimer's Disease before his death in 1990.
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