Barrie Meyer

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Barrie Meyer
Personal information
Born (1932-08-21)21 August 1932
Bournemouth, Hampshire, England
Died 13 September 2015(2015-09-13) (aged 83)
Durban, South Africa
Batting style Right-handed
Role Wicketkeeper
Domestic team information
Years Team
1957–71 Gloucestershire
Umpiring information
Tests umpired 26 (1978–1993)
ODIs umpired 23 (1977–1993)
Career statistics
Competition FC LA
Matches 406 44
Runs scored 5,367 134
Batting average 14.19 6.70
100s/50s 0/11 0/0
Top score 63 21
Balls bowled 30
Wickets 0
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 707/119 47/5

Association football career
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Bristol Rovers 139 (60)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)
Source: Cricinfo, 17 September 2015

Barrie John Meyer (21 August 1932 – 13 September 2015) was an English footballer and cricketer, and later a cricket umpire.[1]

Meyer played football for Bristol Rovers in 139 league matches, scoring 60 goals. He also played for Plymouth Argyle, Newport County, Bristol City and Hereford United. In the summer, he worked as a member of the groundstaff at Gloucestershire CCC. A good wicket-keeper, he played for Gloucestershire CCC in 406 first-class cricket matches from 1957 to 1971. He took 707 catches and 119 stumpings, but was a relatively poor batsman - his career first-class batting average is only 14.19, with a highest score of 63.

Meyer was born in Bournemouth. When he retired, he became a cricket umpire. He umpired 26 Tests in England from 1978 to 1993, including the 1981 Ashes Test at Headingley. He also umpired 23 One Day Internationals from 1977 to 1993, including the Cricket World Cup finals at Lord's in 1979 and 1983.[2]

Meyer holds the accolade of being the only footballer in history to score a goal against Manchester United in the FA Cup and go on to become a Test match umpire. He scored in Bristol Rovers' 4-0 win over Manchester United in the third round of the cup at Eastville on 7 January 1956, which was United's 9th biggest defeat in FA Cup history.

In 2006 he published an autobiography, Getting It Right, co-authored with Andrew Hignell.

Meyer's son Adrian was also a footballer, making 144 appearances for Scarborough, many in the Football League, before injury curtailed his career.

He died at the age of 83 in 2015.[3]

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  1. ^ "Former umpire Barrie Meyer dies aged 83". ESPN Cricinfo. 17 September 2015. Retrieved 17 September 2015. 
  2. ^ "Barrie Meyer". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 16 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Former Bristol City and Bristol Rovers footballer and Gloucestershire cricketer Barrie Meyer dies". Bristol Post. 

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