LIFE WITH THE ROBINS AND BEYOND: THE GEOFF MERRICK STORY by Geoff Merrick & Neil Palmer
Life with the Robins and Beyond: The Geoff Merrick Story is the most anticipated book on any player ever to pull on the red shirt of Bristol City.
An England schoolboy international, Geoff turned down a host of top teams to sign for his local club. He became the Robins’ youngest captain at 18 and eventually led them back to the top flight.
During City’s stay in Division One, Merrick was seen as one of the country’s top defenders, but his life and career were thrown into turmoil when he and seven other players were asked to rip up their contracts to save the club from bankruptcy. This they did, and today their sacrifice is commemorated by a plaque outside Ashton Gate, yet it still goes down as the blackest time in City’s history.
It is a chapter in Geoff’s life that he has never spoken about in depth – until now.
When life threw Geoff and his family a cruel twist, he showed the qualities of bravery, self-belief and determination, the very traits that had characterised his performances on the pitch.
Life with the Robins and Beyond is the ultimate tale of not giving up.
(Publisher: Pitch Publishing Ltd. February 2022. Hardback: 256 pages)