Dudley Tyler

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Dudley Tyler
Personal information
Date of birth (1944-09-21) 21 September 1944 (age 74)
Place of birth Salisbury, England
Playing position Winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1969–1972 Hereford United
1972–1973 West Ham United 29 (1)
1973–1977 Hereford United 102 (10)
Malvern Town
Pegasus Juniors
Teams managed
Malvern Town
Pegasus Juniors
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Dudley Tyler (born 21 September 1944) is an English former footballer, born in Salisbury, who played as a winger in the Football League for West Ham United and Hereford United.[1]


John Charles signed Tyler for Hereford United in 1969 from amateur football in Swindon;[2][3] he had previously been rejected by several clubs due to him having a hole in his heart. He was part of the team that famously knocked Newcastle United out of the FA Cup,[4] and gained election to the Football League in 1972. Tyler subsequently signed for West Ham United for a then non-league record fee of £25,000.[5] He made just 29 league appearances in one-and-a-half seasons,[1] his only league goal for the club scored against Peter Shilton. He returned to Hereford in November 1973, eventually reaching a total of 329 competitive appearances for the club with 69 goals scored.

After retiring from professional football, he joined non league Malvern Town, eventually becoming player-manager, followed by stints at Westfields and Pegasus Juniors in Hereford, both playing and managing. He worked as a salesman for a plastics company.[4] As of 2016, Tyler still lived in Hereford.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Dudley Tyler". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 18 November 2009.
  2. ^ "Tributes Paid To Legendary Charles". Malvern Gazette. 23 February 2004. Retrieved 26 November 2011.
  3. ^ "1970s and 1980s". Hereford United F.C. Archived from the original on 3 July 2008. Retrieved 18 November 2009.
  4. ^ a b Struthers, Greg (11 November 2007). "Caught in time: Hereford United, giantkillers in the FA Cup, 1972". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 18 November 2009.
  5. ^ "West Ham offer record fee". The Times. 18 May 1972. p. 12. West Ham United will sign Dudley Tyler, one of the stars of Hereford United's gallant FA Cup run, for £25,000 before the end of May. It will be a record fee for a non-League player. Tyler, 26, recently played in a testimonial for West Ham at Millwall and despite undergoing an operation as a child for a hole-in-the-heart, has passed a medical at Upton Park.
  6. ^ Broome, Paul (2016-03-11). "Former giantkiller celebrates 50 years of marriage". Hereford Times. Archived from the original on 2018-07-17. Retrieved 2018-07-17.

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