Merrick Corfield

Merrick Corfield was a former Oswestry Town footballer that was born in 1944.

He joined Oswestry in 1961 and played alongside Dick Jones, Jerry Broadhead, Micky Ryan, Jonny Sparks and Gavin Rogers.

Having played for five seasons in the Cheshire League, Corfield played against the likes of Wigan, Altrincham and Macclesfield.

The midfielder spent five years with Oswestry and recalls beating Shrewsbury as one of his fondest moments, ‘We beat a Shrewsbury team featuring Arthur Rowley, in the Shropshire Senior Cup at The Gay Meadow which was a particular highlight.’

Corfield also told a story about the physio at the time, a chap nicknamed ‘Trouty’, who in Corfield’s words, ’Knew nothing about first aid and when you were down on the pitch and saw him running on, you sure you got up quick.’

Having played at Victoria Road, he added, ‘It was a magic ground squashed between the cemetery, gas works and the road. It also had the most terrible changing rooms with a bath that was indescribable.’

In 1968, Oswestry played a strong Macclesfield side who won 5-2 and with Corfield scoring both goals for Oswestry, the Silkmen were impressed, ‘After the game when we were having a drink and they said would you like to sign for Macclesfield. I said yes and a week later I joined them before going on to play at Wembley which was my most memorable moment in football.’

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