Mervyn Day (born Chelmsford, Essex, 26
June, 1955) is a former professional
Early and Private Life
educated at Kings Road Primary School,attended also by another
famous West Ham player,Geoff Hurst, and
King Edward VI Grammar School,
represented Essex Schools at all levels and
was even picked for the England Schools
squad six times, though he never got to see action.
age of 15 the word had spread that there was a young man worth
watching and Ipswich
, Tottenham Hotspur F.C.
and West Ham United
dispatched scouts to
investigate. Ron Greenwood
's West Ham
United won the race and Day signed youth forms in July 1971.
In February 1973 he signed a professional contract with West Ham
and on 29 August1973
he made his debut in a draw against Ipswich Town.Day became the
first team goalkeeper
after, and, in 1975, he became the youngest goalkeeper ever to
appear in an FA Cup Final, aged 20 years old, in their FA Cup
victory over Fulham
. He was credited with the PFA Young Player of the Year
Award that same season, to this day, the only goalkeeper to win the
award. He was tipped as the next great England goalkeeper.
In 1976 he
appeared in the Cup Winners' Cup
Final which West Ham lost 4-2 to Anderlecht in a sold out Heysel Stadium.
However, a loss of form and injuries saw
him drop out of the side, and Phil Parkes
were good enough to keep Day out when he regained fitness.
In July 1979 he moved to Leyton
for £100,000, where he displaced John Jackson from
between the posts.
When Eddie Gray
, then manager of Leeds United
, signed him in 1985, he proved to
be an excellent buy and was a key figure in Billy Bremner
's side in the 1987 run to the FA
Cup semi-final and League play-offs. He remained first choice
keeper for Howard Wilkinson, and picked up a Division 2 winners
medal as promotion was finally achieved in 1990. With the
re-signing of John Lukic, Day was relegated to the reserves and
bench, and only made 5 more appearances for the first team.
After retiring, he was manager of Carlisle United
and lead them to promotion
into Division Two
1997, but left shortly after due to a falling out with the
Chairman, Michael Knighton
replaced Day as manager.He was first team coach to Alan Curbishley
at Charlton Athletic
for many years before he
and Curbishley both left the club at the end of the 2005-06 season.
On December 13 2006
he was again named as Curbishley's number two after the former was
unveiled as the new West Ham manager but left the club at the same
time as Curbishley in September 2008.