Les Tibbott

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Les Tibbott
Personal information
Full name Leslie Tibbott[1]
Date of birth (1955-08-25) 25 August 1955 (age 63)[1]
Place of birth Oswestry, England[1]
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1]
Playing position Defender / Midfielder
Youth career
Ipswich Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1973–1979 Ipswich Town 54 (0)
1979–1982 Sheffield United 78 (2)
1985 TP-Seinäjoki
National team
Wales U21 2 (0)
Teams managed
1985 TP-Seinäjoki
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Leslie "Les" Tibbott (born 25 August 1955) is a Welsh former footballer who played primarily as a Left back. Born in Oswestry, England, Tibbott came through the Ipswich Town youth team before making his league debut in 1976.[1] Tibbott contributed to Ipswich's victorious 1977-78 FA Cup campaign, making one appearance during the run against Cardiff City in the third round.[2] However he wasn't part of the squad for the final itself. Winning two Wales under-21 caps while at Portman Road, Tibbot eventually signed for Sheffield United for £100,000 in March 1979.[1]

Tibbott became a regular in the United side, playing in either defence or midfield, but the club were in decline and suffered two relegations during the period he was with them.[1] With United now in Division Four, Tibbott started the 1980–81 season as first choice in midfield but becoming increasingly injury prone he was sidelined in September 1980 and failed to make another competitive appearance for the club.[1]

Tibbot retired from playing in 1981 but made a brief return in 1985 when he became player-manager of Finnish side TP-Seinäjoki.[1] He returned to Suffolk, playing for Stowmarket Town,[3] before becoming assistant manager at Hadleigh United,[4] also running a taxi firm in the town.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Denis Clarebrough & Andrew Kirkham (2008). Sheffield United Who's Who. Hallamshire Press. pp. 317–318. ISBN 978-1-874718-69-7.
  2. ^ "Games played by Les Tibbott in 1977–78". prideofanglia.com. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  3. ^ a b Les Tibbott Ipswich Town Talk
  4. ^ History Hadleigh United F.C.