Mark Tyler (footballer)

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Mark Tyler
Mark Tyler Bury v. Aldershot Town 1.png
Tyler playing for Bury F.C.
Personal information
Full name Mark Richard Tyler[1]
Date of birth (1977-04-02) 2 April 1977 (age 37)
Place of birth Norwich, England
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Luton Town
Number 1
Youth career
1988–1992 Norwich City
1992–1994 Peterborough United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–2009 Peterborough United 416 (0)
1995 Billericay Town (loan) ? (?)
1996 Yeovil Town (loan) 4 (0)
2008 Hull City (loan) 0 (0)
2008 Watford (loan) 0 (0)
2009 Bury (loan) 11 (0)
2009– Luton Town 220 (0)
National team
1994 England U18 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:30 18 October 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16:30 2 May 2012 (UTC)

Mark Richard Tyler (born 2 April 1977) is an English footballer who plays for Luton Town as a goalkeeper.

Career[edit]

Peterborough United[edit]

Born in Norwich, Norfolk, Tyler started his career as a trainee, firstly at hometown club Norwich City, then later at Peterborough United, progressing from the youth team in 1994.

His first senior game for Peterborough came on 18 September 1994 in a 4–0 defeat away to Birmingham City. He made a further six appearances that season at the age of 17.[2] Tyler was sent on loan to non-league Billericay Town the next season, and played no part in the Peterborough first-team.[3] In the 1996–97 season, he played in three games for Posh before being loaned out to another non-League team – Yeovil Town, where he made four appearances.

He was included in the England under-20 squad for the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship, acting as substitute goalkeeper to David Lucas.[4]

Beginning from the 1997–98 season, with Peterborough now in the Third Division, Tyler established himself as the club's first-choice goalkeeper at the relatively young age of 20. He played in every game of the 1997–98 campaign, making a massive 56 appearances in all competitions over the season and keeping 16 clean sheets.[5]

Peterborough won promotion via the play-offs to the Second Division in a successful 1999–00 season, Tyler keeping a clean sheet in a 1–0 victory over Darlington at Wembley Stadium.[6]

By now an ever-present in the Peterborough side, Tyler regularly played in over 40 games per season,[5] and was named in the 2001–02 PFA Second Division Team of the Year.[7] His career was not without injuries: a punctured lung sustained in 1999 kept him out of the team for a month, while a recurring wrist and hand fracture led to spells on the sidelines, particularly in early 2003.[8][9]

When Irish businessman Darragh MacAnthony became chairman and owner of Peterborough in August 2007, bringing money and ambition to the club,[10] Tyler lost his first-team place to £400,000 record signing Joe Lewis,[11] eventually becoming third choice goalkeeper behind youngster James McKeown. Tyler played 21 times, all before the signing of Lewis, as Peterborough won promotion as runners-up from League Two in the 2007–08 season. In January 2008, he was signed on loan by Hull City for two months as cover for Hull's Matt Duke, who underwent an operation to remove a testicular tumour.[12]

Posh won a second consecutive promotion the next season, though Tyler was to play no part, as he was rarely even on the substitutes bench. He signed an emergency loan deal with Watford in September 2008 to aid in their goalkeeping injury crisis, though he never played a game.[13] Tyler signed a one month loan deal, extended later for a further month, with League Two side Bury in January 2009,[14] playing in 11 games, of which 7 resulted in wins.

Over the course of 15 years at London Road, Tyler made 485 appearances in all competitions. His loyal service to Peterborough resulted in a testimonial match organised by the club against Liverpool on 21 July 2007, in a game watched by over 9,000 fans.[3]

On 15 June 2009, with the realisation that the opportunity for first-team football at Peterborough was becoming increasingly rare, Tyler had his contract cancelled by mutual consent.[15][16]

Luton Town[edit]

Three days after his contract was cancelled, Tyler signed a two-year deal with Conference Premier side Luton Town.[17] Many players from his time at Peterborough were now in the Luton dressing-room, including Shane Blackett, Claude Gnakpa, Liam Hatch, Adam Newton and Alan White, with Tyler admitting he would have no problems settling into his new club.[18] Tyler became an instant fan favourite at Kenilworth Road, saving two penalty kicks in his first few months at the club.[19][20][21] A broken finger kept Tyler out of action for a portion of the season, though he still played 40 games over 2009–10 as the club finished second in the table. However, Luton missed out on promotion, losing 2–0 to York City on aggregate in the play-offs.

The next season saw Tyler awarded the Player of the Year trophy for his performances, helping Luton to third in the table and a second consecutive play-off place, though the team lost in a penalty shootout to AFC Wimbledon, with Tyler saving one penalty.[22] At the end of the campaign, he signed a one-year contract extension to stay at Luton until June 2012.[23]

The 2011–12 season saw him dropped at times for second-choice goalkeeper Kevin Pilkington, though in December 2011 Tyler signed a further contract extension to keep him at the club until the summer of 2013.[24] Following Pilkington's decision to join Notts County as goalkeeping coach in February 2012, Tyler played in all games, including another play-off final defeat, this time to York City at Wembley Stadium. He was named in the 2011–12 Conference Premier Team of the Year in recognition of his performances, alongside Luton teammate János Kovács.[25]

Tyler played for Luton 46 times during the 2012–13 season as the club finished in seventh place in the league and reached the FA Cup fifth round and FA Trophy quarter-finals. He kept clean sheets in both of Luton's 1–0 FA Cup victories over higher-league opponents Wolverhampton Wanderers and his boyhood club Norwich City.[26] Tyler signed a one-year extension to his contract in May 2013.[27]

Tyler played in every minute of every league game during the 2013–14 season, keeping a club-record 23 clean sheets, as Luton won the Conference Premier title and promotion to League Two.[28] Tyler triggered a contract extension during the season, keeping him at Luton until 2015.

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 18 October 2014.[29]
Season Club Division League FA Cup League Cup Football League Trophy Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1994–95 Peterborough United Second Division 5 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 7 0
1995–96 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1995–96 Billericay Town (loan) Isthmian League First Division ? ? ? ? ? ?
1996–97 Peterborough United Second Division 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
1996–97 Yeovil Town (loan) Isthmian League Premier Division 4 0 0 0 4 0
1997–98 Peterborough United Third Division 46 0 3 0 4 0 4 0 57 0
1998–99 27 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 31 0
1999–2000 35 0 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 40 0
2000–01 Second Division 40 0 5 0 2 0 0 0 47 0
2001–02 44 0 6 0 1 0 2 0 53 0
2002–03 29 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 32 0
2003–04 43 0 3 0 1 0 3 0 50 0
2004–05 League One 46 0 3 0 1 0 1 0 51 0
2005–06 League Two 40 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 44 0
2006–07 41 0 4 0 2 0 2 0 49 0
2007–08 17 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 21 0
2007–08 Hull City (Loan) Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008–09 Bury (Loan) League Two 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
Peterborough United Total 416 0 33 0 16 0 20 0 0 0 485 0
2009–10 Luton Town Conference Premier 37 0 1 0 2 0 40 0
2010–11 43 0 5 0 6 0 54 0
2011–12 34 0 0 0 10 0 44 0
2012–13 39 0 6 0 1 0 46 0
2013–14 46 0 0 0 0 0 46 0
2014–15 League Two 21 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 26 0
Luton Town Total 220 0 15 0 1 0 0 0 19 0 254 0
Career total 643 0 45 0 17 0 20 0 19 0 744 0

Honours[edit]

Peterborough United
Luton Town
Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2005). The PFA Premier & Football League Players' Records 1946–2005. Queen Anne Press. p. 623. ISBN 1-85291-665-6. 
  2. ^ "Peterborough United squad 1994–95". Up the Posh – The Peterborough United database. Retrieved 20 November 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "Mark Tyler official PFA interview". givemefootball.com. 23 July 2009. Retrieved 20 November 2009. 
  4. ^ "England U20 1–2 Argentina U20". FIFA. 26 June 1997. Retrieved 20 November 2009. 
  5. ^ a b "Mark Tyler career statistics". Soccerbase. Retrieved 20 November 2009. 
  6. ^ "Posh pull it off at Wembley". BBC Sport. 26 May 2000. Retrieved 20 November 2009. 
  7. ^ "PFA Divisional Award winners". The Daily Telegraph (London). 15 April 2002. Retrieved 24 November 2009. 
  8. ^ "Flown from the nest – Mark Tyler". ex-canaries.co.uk. 19 August 2009. Retrieved 20 November 2009. 
  9. ^ "Tyler return on hold". BBC Sport. 21 January 2003. Retrieved 20 November 2009. 
  10. ^ "McAnthony finalises Posh takeover". BBC Sport. 13 August 2007. Retrieved 20 November 2009. 
  11. ^ "Peterborough – players to watch". BBC Sport. 28 July 2009. Retrieved 20 November 2009. 
  12. ^ "Hull poised to sign keeper Tyler". BBC Sport. 17 January 2008. Retrieved 20 January 2008. 
  13. ^ "Watford sign two players on loan". BBC Sport. 30 September 2009. Retrieved 20 November 2009. 
  14. ^ "Peterborough loan Tyler to Bury". BBC Sport. 9 January 2009. Retrieved 20 November 2009. 
  15. ^ "Tyler ready to leave Peterborough". BBC Sport. 19 May 2009. Retrieved 20 November 2009. 
  16. ^ "Tyler's Posh contract cancelled". BBC Sport. 15 June 2009. Retrieved 20 November 2009. 
  17. ^ "Town swoop to tie-up Tyler deal". Luton Town F.C. 17 June 2009. Retrieved 18 June 2009. 
  18. ^ "Tyler: I've come here for promotion". Luton Town F.C. 17 June 2009. Retrieved 20 November 2009. 
  19. ^ "Fans are a real boost, says new boy Tyler". Luton Today. 8 September 2009. Retrieved 20 November 2009. 
  20. ^ "Oxford 2–0 Luton". BBC Sport. 8 September 2009. Retrieved 20 November 2009. 
  21. ^ "Altrincham 0–1 Luton". BBC Sport. 17 October 2009. Retrieved 20 November 2009. 
  22. ^ "Two trophies for Tyler". Luton Town F.C. 2 May 2011. Retrieved 2 May 2011. 
  23. ^ "Luton Town give deals to Pilkington and Tyler". BBC Sport. 10 June 2011. Retrieved 10 June 2011. 
  24. ^ "Mark Tyler earns extended Luton Town deal". BBC Sport. 8 December 2011. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  25. ^ "Kovacs and Tyler named in top team". Bedfordshire on Sunday. 12 June 2012. Retrieved 14 July 2012. 
  26. ^ "Tyler realises his boyhood dream at Carrow Road". Luton News. 2 February 2013. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  27. ^ "Tyler signs one-year deal". Luton Town F.C. 17 May 2013. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  28. ^ "Football: 'The most remarkable season ever' - Luton Town boss John Still hails his record breakers". Luton on Sunday (LD Express Newspaper Ltd). 27 April 2014. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  29. ^ "Mark Tyler Career Stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 18 October 2014. 

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