Former Yeovil Town midfielder Cliff Myers has passed away at the age of 72. Cliff was a former Charlton Athletic, Brentford and Torquay United player who became a popular figure during his time at Huish, as part of the highly successful side that dominated the Southern League during the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Born in Southwark on September 23rd 1946, he was a Charlton youth product who played 18 times for them between 1965 and 1967 before moving across London to play for for Brentford for a season, making 10 league appearances. In January 1968, Myers was recruited by manager Ron Saunders as a 21 year old winger, with Yeovil paying a fee for his services. Saunders had arrived from Charlton himself and so knew Myers as a teammate, with Paul Smith also having come in from the same club as a close friend of his. Yeovil paid a fee for his services, which at that time was a rarity.
Cliff was to spend five-and-a-half seasons at Yeovil Town, and be part of the famous 1970-71 side that won the Southern League, and also reached the Third Round of the FA Cup. He was to ultimately move into a deeper role for the Glovers, eventually becoming a central defender. One of his finest moments for the club came during the 1972-73 season when in November 1972, he scored the winning goal in the First Round of the FA Cup against his old side Brentford, in front of 9,447 spectators.
In one of those classic FA Cup stories, the man he put the ball past for the winner was Brentford keeper Gordon Phillips. The pair were former Bees teammates, and Phillips had the misfortune to have to share a car back to Stalbridge with Myers, having agreed to be Godfather to his daughter Natalie, who at the age of three months was being christened the next day, with the ceremony having been agreed before the two players knew they would be coming up against each other!
Cliff bowed out of Yeovil Town in June 1973, having made 328 appearances, scoring 81 goals for the club. He was snapped up by Torquay United for a fee of £6,600, thus returning to the Football League between 1973 and 1975. He then went on to play for Weymouth, Taunton Town, Salisbury and Minehead in the late 1970s, whilst setting up a contract cleaning business in the area. In 1991, he moved to Rhodes, where he ran the Sunburnt Arms pub in Lindos, with his daughter Natalie acting as the bar's licence holder.
His offspring also became footballers. His son Chris Myers, who was born in Yeovil, was a Torquay United and Exeter City midfielder, whilst Chris's own son was part of Everton's Academy system before moving on to play for Fleetwood Town, Southport and Marine.
Needless to say, we send our condolences to Natalie and all the Myers family at this sad time. As one of a number of players from that era who clocked up a huge number of appearances for the club, he'll be remembered as one of many 'legends' from that pre-Football League era.
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