Dominic Merella

Dominic Merella
Dominic Merella
Personal information
Full name Dominic Merella[1]
Date of birth 31 December 1989 (1989-12-31) (age 21)
Place of birth Chorley, Lancashire, England
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Jerez Industrial CF
Youth career
2005–2007 Blackpool
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2009 Blackpool 0 (0)
2009 Burscough 1 (0)
2009 Weymouth 7 (0)
Burscough 4 (1)
Jerez Industrial CF
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:09, 18 April 2010 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Dominic Merella (born in Chorley, Lancashire) is an English professional footballer for Jerez Industrial CF. He is a midfielder who can also play as a striker.[2]


Merella was highly regarded at Blackpool where he was a product of the club's Centre of Excellence, in which he became a regular starter for the youth team in the Football League Youth Alliance, North West Conference.[3]

In the 2005–06 season, Merella was part of the Lancashire County Schools FA team that won the English Schools' Football Association Premier League Under-16 Inter County Trophy. In the semi-final held at Victoria Park, Burscough, he helped Lancashire beat Leicestershire & Rutland County Schools FA 3–1.[4] They then beat Devon County Schools FA 2–1 in the final, which was held at Ewood Park in Blackburn on 11 May 2006.[5][6]

In the 2007–08 season, he was part of the Blackpool youth team that won the Lancashire FA Youth Cup. In the summer of 2008, he was included in the club's pre-season tour to Latvia in July, where he impressed with some solid displays. He also played in most of the club's other pre-season games. On 23 July 2008, he signed his first professional contract, for six months.[7]

Merella became a regular in Blackpool's reserve team in The Central League in the 2008–09 season.[2][8]

In November 2008, it was revealed that Blackpool were willing to let Merella go out on loan in order for him to get some first-team experience,[2] after he continued to impress for the club's reserve team.[9]

Merella made his debut for Blackpool on 3 January 2009, as a second-half substitute in their 1–0 FA Cup defeat to Conference National club Torquay United.[10][11] However, in late January he was released by Blackpool.[12]

In early February Merella joined League Two club Bournemouth on trial, trying to earn a contract.[13] After briefly joining Conference North club Burscough, in late March he joined Conference National club Weymouth.[14] He made his debut in a home 2–0 defeat to Barrow at the Wessex Stadium on 29 March.[15] He left Weymouth in April 2009, as they were relegated to the Conference South.


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  2. ^ a b c "Pool to loan out starlet - League One and Two clubs chase Merella". Sky Sports. 5 November 2008.,19528,11688_4458446,00.html. Retrieved 2008-11-06. 
  3. ^ "Youth team fixtures and profiles". Blackpool F.C.. 9 August 2007.,,10432~539418,00.html. Retrieved 2008-11-06. 
  4. ^ "U16 FAPL Trophy: Lancs 3-1 Leics". English Schools' Football Association. 4 April 2007.,2005,06-03,27154025.html. Retrieved 2008-11-06. 
  5. ^ "National Finals Round-up Under 16 FA Premier League Inter County Trophy Final". English Schools' Football Association. 2006.,2005,06-06,02100704.html. Retrieved 2008-11-06. 
  6. ^ "ESFA Premier League Under 16 Inter County Trophy". English Schools' Football Association. 4 April 2007.,,u16_ict. Retrieved 2008-11-06. 
  7. ^ "Merella and Lloyd pen professional deals". Blackpool F.C.. 23 July 2008.,,10432~1349808,00.html. Retrieved 2008-11-06. 
  8. ^ "Nardiello on target as Pool beat PNE". Blackpool Gazette. 11 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-06. 
  9. ^ "Merella out to impress - Race on for Blackpool starlet". Sky Sports. 6 November 2008.,19528,12874_4464274,00.html. Retrieved 2008-11-07. 
  10. ^ "Team news from Torquay". Blackpool F.C.. 3 January 2009.,,10432~1507230,00.html. Retrieved 2009-01-03. 
  11. ^ "Torquay 1-0 Blackpool". BBC Sport. 3 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-03. 
  12. ^ "Brett's Back!". Blackpool F.C.. 30 January 2009.,,10432~1539054,00.html. Retrieved 2009-01-31. 
  13. ^ Perrett, Neil (6 February 2009). "Sat-naff for boss Howe". Bournemouth Daily Echo. Retrieved 2009-02-06. 
  14. ^ "Canavan's blog: Good luck to Pool youngster". Blackpool Gazette. 20 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-21. 
  15. ^ "Weymouth 0 v 3 Barrow AFC 29th March 2009". Weymouth F.C.. 29 March 2009. Retrieved 29 March 2009. 

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