Carl Tiler

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Carl Tiler
Personal information
Date of birth (1970-02-11) 11 February 1970 (age 49)
Place of birth Sheffield, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1991 Barnsley 71 (3)
1991–1995 Nottingham Forest 69 (1)
1994Swindon Town (loan) 2 (0)
1995–1997 Aston Villa 12 (1)
1997 Sheffield United 23 (2)
1997–1998 Everton 21 (1)
1998–2001 Charlton Athletic 45 (2)
2001Birmingham City (loan) 1 (0)
2001–2003 Portsmouth 19 (1)
Total 263 (11)
National team
1990–1991 England U21 13 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Carl Tiler (born 11 February 1970) is an English former footballer who played as a central defender. He made more than 250 appearances in the Football League and Premier League, representing nine different clubs.

Playing career[edit]

Tiler was born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. A tough central defender, he started his career at Barnsley, where his form attracted interest from top clubs, before a £1.4million move to Brian Clough's Nottingham Forest in the summer of 1991.

He played regular first team football for his first two seasons at Forest but then sustained a serious ankle injury, around the time of Forest's relegation in 1993, which kept him out for the whole of the following season, when Forest won promotion. He regained fitness and went on loan to Swindon Town in the 1994–95 season, with his place in the centre of defence at the City Ground now occupied by Colin Cooper.[1]

Having played a total of 85 games for Forest, Tiler joined Aston Villa for £750,000 in October 1995. He sustained a ruptured hamstring after 70 minutes of his debut against Everton which took a full 10 months to heal. He then played a further 14 games for Villa before sealing a £500,000 move back to his home town team Sheffield United. With Sheffield United he reached the 1996–97 First Division playoff final at Wembley against Crystal Palace, which the Blades lost in the last minute 1-0. After a short spell of 23 games and a £750,000 transfer fee the commanding defender Tiler followed his old Blades boss Howard Kendall to Everton, where he played the remainder of that season helping keep the Goodison Park outfit in the Premiership. Walter Smith took over the reins the following season and his first team appearances were limited. He scored his only goal for Everton in a 2-1 loss at Southampton on 7 March 1998.[2]

In 1998 Tiler moved to Premiership side Charlton Athletic, again for £750,000. He played 47 games for the club and spent a brief period on loan at Birmingham City before in March 2001 signing for Graham Rix at Portsmouth for £250,000, where he stayed for a couple of seasons, scoring once in the league against Crystal Palace,[3] before finally retiring from the game in 2003 due to injury. In his final season he contributed two appearances as Portsmouth won the First Division Championship and promotion to the Premier League.[4]


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  2. ^ "Football: Defenders still crazy after all these years". Independent. 9 March 1998. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Palace push Pompey towards drop". BBC. 2 May 2001. Retrieved 29 October 2009.
  4. ^ "Games played by Carl Tiler in 2002/2003". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 25 June 2019.

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