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Billy Mercer
Billy Mercer May 2007.jpg
Personal information
Full name William Mercer
Date of birth May 22, 1969 (1969-05-22) (age 40)
Place of birth    Liverpool, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Sheffield Wednesday
(Goalkeeping coach)
Youth career
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Rotherham United
Sheffield United
Nottingham Forest (loan)
Chesterfield (loan)
Bristol City
000 (0)
104 (0)
004 (0)
000 (0)
007 (0)
142 (0)
025 (0)   

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 22:32, 3 February 2008 (UTC).
* Appearances (Goals)

William Mercer (born 22 May 1969 in Liverpool) is an English football goalkeeping coach, currently working for Sheffield Wednesday, and a former professional player.

Playing career

Mercer joined hometown club Liverpool as a trainee and turned professional at the age of 18. He stayed at Liverpool for another 18 months before being released and signing for Rotherham United on 16 February 1989. Shortfly afterwards, as a young Liverpool fan, Mercer was at the FA Cup semi final against Nottingham Forest in which 96 Liverpool fans died in the Hillsborough disaster. He was in the upper tier of the Leppings Lane end, above where the fatal crush occurred.

Mercer was able to breakthrough in to the first team at Millmoor and over the next five and a half years he made 138 appearances for the Millers in all competitions. On 12 October 1994 Mercer was signed by local rivals Sheffield United; he went on to spend just over a year at Bramall Lane. However, he found it difficult to establish himself in the Blades' first team, and loan spells at Nottingham Forest and Chesterfield followed.

Mercer made such an impression during his loan spell at Chesterfield that the Spirites immediately placed a £100,000 bid for the player following the expiration of his loan. Mercer made the switch to Saltergate permanent on 12 December 1995. Over the next four seasons he established himself as first choice between the posts at Chesterfield and went on to make 164 appearances for the club in all competitions. This included a run to the 1997 FA Cup Semi Final, with Mercer earning a Man of the Match award for his performance in the 6th Round match against Wrexham and then playing in their thrilling 3-3 draw with Middlesbrough in the semi final at Old Trafford. The replay took place at Hillsborough, which was the first time he had returned to the stadium since being present at the Hillsborough disaster eight years earlier.

By the 1999-2000 season Mercer had found himself down the pecking order at Saltergate, but on 26 October 1999 League One rivals Bristol City paid Chesterfield £300,000 for Mercer's services. In his first season there, Billy made 32 appearances in all competitions, but again found himself as backup, this time to Steve Phillips. Mercer would not play another game for the Robins, but remained on their books until he retired from professional football on 15 January 2003.

Coaching career

Upon hanging up his boots, Mercer gained employment at Bristol City as a goalkeeping coach. He impressed during his time coaching at Ashton Gate and was subsequently brought to Hillsborough in the summer of 2004 by Chris Turner shortly before his sacking as Sheffield Wednesday manager.[1]

Following the sacking of Paul Sturrock on 19 October 2006 Mercer acted as caretaker assistant manager to Sean McAuley before the arrival of Brian Laws and Russ Wilcox on 6 November 2006.[2]




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