Dick Tydeman

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Dick Tydeman
Personal information
Full name Richard Tydeman
Date of birth (1951-05-26) 26 May 1951 (age 66)
Place of birth Chatham, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
?–1969 Gillingham
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1969–1976 Gillingham 295 (13)
1976–1981 Charlton Athletic 158 (7)
1981–1983 Gillingham 76 (2)
1983–1984 Peterborough United[1] 29 (0)
1984–1985 Chatham Town ?
1985 Dover Athletic ?
1985–1987 Bromley ?
1987–1989 Canterbury City ?
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 June 2007.

Richard "Dick" Tydeman (born 26 May 1951) is an English retired Association football player who played professionally for Charlton Athletic and Peterborough United but is best known for his time with Gillingham where, in two spells, he made over 370 Football League appearances.


Tydeman came through the ranks with Gillingham and was playing for the reserves at the age of fifteen. He broke into the first team at eighteen and was a first choice in the Gills' midfield for the next seven years, although in 1971 he briefly contemplated quitting the game to become a teacher.[2]

In 1976 Tydeman followed his former manager Andy Nelson to Charlton Athletic for a fee of £70,000 and stayed with the Addicks for five years before returning to Gillingham as one of new manager Keith Peacock's first signings. After two seasons at Priestfield Stadium he moved to Peterborough United before seeing out his career with a number of Kent non-league teams.[2]

After retirement he became a taxi driver. His son Sam was a trainee with Gillingham but failed to make the grade.[2]


  1. ^ Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Transfer Database
  2. ^ a b c Triggs, Roger (2001). The Men Who Made Gillingham Football Club. Tempus Publishing Ltd. p. 322. ISBN 0-7524-2243-X.