About Joe MercerJoe Mercer embodied charm, sporting values and humble good humour combined with great skill throughout a 50-year career in football as playerand manager. Seemingly always smiling, he was a distinguished competitor for England, Everton and Arsenal, captaining the latter team in two FA Cup finals and two League championships. After retiring from the pitch, Mercer managed Sheffield United, Aston Villa and Manchester City,leading this last team to victory in the FA Cup, European Cup Winners’ Cupand Football League Cup Born in the Wirral, the son of a professional footballer, Joe Mercer joined Ellesmere Port as a teenager. He made a reputation on the turf in the 1930s and during the Second World War was a physical training instructorand participant in British Army football across Europe. Mercer won three championship medals, an FA Cup winners’ medal, as well as five full and 22 wartime international caps. He was voted Footballer of the Year in 1950and awarded an OBE. The legacy of ‘Uncle’ Joe Mercer lies in how fondlyand respectfully he is remembered by many in the sport.
SOURCE: Royal Mail - United Kingdom.
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