Joe Mercer

Joe Mercer
Position:
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D.o.B: 09/08/1914
Birthplace: Ellesmere Port
Appearances: 184
Goals: 2
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Joe Mercer eventually became the Blues’ first choice right-half towards the end of 1935, four years after signing for the Club.

He became an integral part of the side and a rock at the heart of Everton’s defence with his excellent tackling and leadership qualities.

It therefore came as no surprise when Mercer became a Sergeant Major after being called up to the military during World War II.

Mercer returned to Everton post-war but fell out with controversial manager Theo Kelly shortly after reuniting with the squad.

Kelly, who was Everton’s first proper manager, had previously fallen out with Dixie Dean and Tommy Lawton and his bust-up with Mercer led him to leaving the club for Arsenal in 1946.

He scored two goals in 184 appearances for Everton.

The Ellesmere Port-born right-half left Goodison with two league titles and added two more titles as well as an FA Cup and Footballer of the Year Award while with Arsenal.

After retiring as a player, Mercer returned to the game as a manager and enjoyed successes with Sheffield United, Aston Villa, Manchester City and Coventry City.

One of Goodison Park's hospitality lounges is named in his honour.

Career Stats - Joe Mercer (First team)

League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
Season App. Gls. App. Gls. App. Gls. App. Gls. App. Gls.
1932 1933 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1934 1935 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
1935 1936 33 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 34 1
1936 1937 39 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 43 0
1937 1938 36 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 38 0
1938 1939 41 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 46 0
1945 1946 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 1
1946 1947 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
Total 170 1 14 1 0 0 0 0 184 2
Please note, not all competitions are listed on this page. In some cases, this may result in a discrepancy between the displayed totals for appearances and goals.

Club From To App. Gls.
Everton 18/04/1933 02/11/1946 184 2

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