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Barrie Meyer (Bristol R., Newport, Plymouth, Bristol C.) or Reply Privately

b 21.8.1932 Bournemouth d Durban, South Africa 13.9.2015
5’ 10”; 12 st IF
Début: 7.10.50 v Bournemouth
Career: St Clement’s Junior School; Boscombe Secondary School; 1948 Pokesdown Youth Club; 1949 Sneyd Park; 13.8.49 Bristol Rovers (professional, 21.11.49) [139,60]; 21.8.58 Plymouth Argyle (£4,000 plus John Timmins) [8,5]; 17.2.59 Newport County (£4,000) [70,27]; September 1961 Bristol City (£850) [11,8]; July 1963 Hereford United; 24.9.66 Glastonbury (to 1968).

Moments before half-time, after his initial shot had been saved, inside-forward Barrie Meyer crashed the ball into Manchester United’s net to give Rovers a 2-0 interval lead in a January 1956 FA Cup-tie, which Rovers won 4-0. The tall, powerful forward scored many goals for the Pirates, his hat-tricks against Fulham in November 1955 and Derby County in August 1957 being added to when he scored three times for Bristol City against Southend United in April 1963, and he also enjoyed a successful career as a cricket player and umpire. It was ironic that Meyer should score on his Rovers début against his home-town club, for his uncle Henry Meyer (1893-1941) had made two League appearances with Bournemouth in 1924. Walter Bertram Meyer (1898-1976), the third son of Hermann Lear Harry Meyer (1858-1931), was born in Christchurch and married Alice Emily Elgar (1897-1959), the daughter of Harry Elgar (1869-1920) and Elizabeth Barnes (1875-1957), in 1922; Walter was a prominent local amateur footballer and served in the Army with Brough Fletcher before his son Barrie was born. It was Fletcher who brought Barrie Meyer to Eastville in 1949 on a weekly wage of £7, impressed by his 47 goals in 32 games for Pokesdown as well as Hampshire Boys representation, and the young forward played for England Schoolboys as well as in one match for England National Association of Boys’ Clubs against Wales. Whilst with Rovers, in his early years, he enjoyed local football too with Kingsway, once scoring four goals in a game. Meyer was Gloucestershire’s wicketkeeper from 1957 to 1971, his 405 first-class matches bringing 5,367 runs at an average of 14.19, as well as 118 stumpings and 709 catches and he took part in the county’s tour of Bermuda in 1962. It was a dispute over pre-season training clashing with cricket commitments which led him to leave Eastville, scoring a hat-trick in his final League appearances, as City defeated Southend 6-3 at Ashton Gate; sixteen goals in 36 Southern League games at Hereford were to follow and Meyer, his pace going, was converted into a solid wing-half at Edgar Street, before top scoring at Glastonbury in 1966-67 with fourteen goals. The reliable cricketer evolved into a respected cricketing umpire who, between 1978 and 1993, took charge in 26 Test matches, including the famous Botham Ashes Test at Headingley in 1981, and 123 one-day internationals, including the World Cup Finals of 1979 and 1983. He undertook an annual lecturing and cricket coaching visit to South Africa through the 1980s and at one stage had a golf handicap of five. A salesman who lived in Pucklechurch with his wife Gillian and three sons, one of whom Adrian was a team-mate of Gavin Kelly at Scarborough, Meyer moved to Little Eaton in Derbyshire and, despite suffering a stroke in the autumn of 2005, after which he moved to the warmth of South Africa, he continued to follow Rovers’ fortunes up until his death. A biography, “Getting it right” by Andrew Hignell, was published by Tempus in 2006.

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