|Full name||Carlton Lloyd Palmer|
|Date of birth||5 December 1965|
|Place of birth||Rowley Regis, England|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|West Bromwich Albion|
|1984–1989||West Bromwich Albion||121||(4)|
|2000–2001||→ Watford (loan)||5||(0)|
|2001||→ Sheffield Wednesday (loan)||22||(0)|
|2001–2003||Stockport County (player-manager)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
As a player he was a defender and midfielder from 1984 to 2005, playing in the Premier League for Sheffield Wednesday, Leeds United, Southampton, Nottingham Forest and Coventry City. He also played for West Bromwich Albion, Watford and Dublin City. He was capped 18 times by England, and went into management in 2001 when he was appointed player/manager of Stockport County, later holding the same position at Mansfield Town from 2004 to 2005.
Palmer started his career at West Bromwich Albion, joining as an apprentice in July 1983 before turning professional in December 1984. He made his league debut in September 1985, as a substitute against Newcastle United. He earned a move to Sheffield Wednesday in February 1989 for £750,000, where he made his name in the Premiership. This led to him being bought by Leeds United manager Howard Wilkinson for £2.6 million in June 1994.
In September 1997 he was signed by Southampton manager Dave Jones for a fee of £1.0 million. In the dressing room he was "abrasive, awkward and argumentative" but on the pitch he was "determined, hard-working and persistent" and his long legs made him "a most difficult player to compete against". Jones said of Palmer "He covers every blade of grass out there, but that's only because his first touch is so crap". In January 1999 he was transferred to Nottingham Forest for a fee of £1.1 million and was replaced in Southampton's midfield by Chris Marsden.
He scored once for Nottingham Forest, his strike coming in a 2–1 win over Grimsby Town. He later played for Coventry City, scoring his first and what turned out to be only goal for the club in a 4–1 win over Newcastle United. Coventry loaned him out to Watford for three months in 2000–01. He also had a loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday, before joining Stockport County in November 2001 as player-manager. Palmer also briefly played for Dublin City in Ireland, whom he joined in August 2004.
Palmer won 18 caps for the English national team, scoring once against San Marino. He was a member of the England squad that went to the 1992 European Championships in Sweden. He was also capped 5 times for the England B team.
In November 2004, events involving Mansfield Town manager Keith Curle resulted in Curle being suspended[disambiguation needed]. With no manager, the Mansfield chairman rang up Carlton and asked him if he would join The Stags temporarily as manager of the club, which Carlton accepted, without being paid. Curle was later dismissed and Carlton Palmer signed a contract until 2006 as manager of Mansfield Town. In September 2005, after Mansfield Town were beaten 2–0 by Rochdale and close to the League Two relegation zone, Palmer resigned as manager saying "I have had a good career and I don't need to take the abuse from the crowd. Keith Haslam, the Mansfield chairman, is a good mate of mine and I want to keep it that way so I will be stepping down as manager".
Palmer now works as a pundit on the BBC show Final Score, and also provides match analysis for the Football Channel alongside Peter Reid. He represented Sheffield Wednesday in the 2006 Yorkshire Masters. He also owns the Dam House in Sheffield. He currently is a resident pundit alongside host Joe Morrison and John Burridge on TEN Sports and TEN Action+ analysing UEFA Champions League and I-League matches broadcasting to Asia based from Dubai.
Palmer owned an online estate agency in Sheffield called The Home Game which ceased trading in August 2008. In March 2009 he starred in the hugely popular Paddy Power TV advert which involved him being in a bath with a football fan. In June 2010 Palmer appeared in a one-off football special of Come Dine With Me where he came in first place and won £1000 for charity.. After working in Dubai for Repton School, he set up his own Football Academy in 2012 teaching football and P.E. From August 2014, Carlton will be Director of Sport at Wellington College, Shanghai.
- 1996 League Cup: finalist
- Matthews, Tony (2005). The Who's Who of West Bromwich Albion. Breedon Books. pp. 170–171. ISBN 1-85983-474-4.
- Holley, Duncan; Chalk, Gary (2003). In That Number – A post-war chronicle of Southampton FC. Hagiology. p. 563. ISBN 0-9534474-3-X.
- Murphy, Alex (4 July 2007). "40: Carlton Palmer". The 50 worst footballers. The Times. Retrieved 9 May 2011.
- "Nottingham Forest 2 Grimsby 1". Sporting Life. 14 August 1999. Retrieved 16 February 2010.
- "Coventry 4 Newcastle 1". Sporting Life. 16 October 1999. Retrieved 16 February 2010.
- "Palmer is Watford bound". BBC Sport. 15 December 2000. Retrieved 20 June 2007.
- "Palmer back at Hillsborough". BBC Sport. 4 September 2001. Retrieved 20 June 2007.
- "Carlton Palmer signs with Vikings". RTÉ Sport. 26 August 2004. Retrieved 20 June 2007.
- "Palmer named Stockport boss". BBC Sport. 6 November 2001. Retrieved 20 June 2007.
- "Stockport sack Palmer". BBC Sport. 19 September 2003. Retrieved 20 June 2007.
- "Palmer earns permanent Stags role". BBC Sport. 9 March 2005. Retrieved 20 June 2007.
- "Palmer resigns as Mansfield boss". BBC Sport. 17 September 2005. Retrieved 20 June 2007.
- YouTube – Paddy Power TV Ad featuring Carlton Palmer