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He played them both - Villa: Carl Tiler

He played them both - Villa: Carl Tiler
It's hard to imagine a worse footballer than Carl Tiler. It's a name that strikes fear into the hearts of many football fans especially those of Pompey.

The Graham Rix era won't be remembered with much affection at Fratton Park. Not surprising really considering that he considered 250,000 spent on Tiler in March 2001 as good business.

Rix told the press, "He's a good solid professional and a great capture for us. He's also left-footed which is a bonus in any team." Tiler was also upbeat about the move. "Obviously Graham Rix has a reputation as a good coach. I understand he was very instrumental in what was happening at Chelsea. There's no such thing as guaranteed first-team football because if you don't produce you won't be in the team, but it would appear I have a good chance of regular football here if I play well enough. I wasn't getting that - and probably wouldn't in the near future - at Charlton."

As if 250k wasn't enough to waste, the deal was said to be worth a further 200k if Tiler made 100 appearances for the Fratton Park club. Many fans held their breath and prayed it never happened. His debut came in a 1-0 loss at Crewe. He played the full 90 in the next six matches, all of which Pompey failed to win.

Then came a huge relegation six-pointer at home to Crystal Palace. I was there that night. I've tried to forget it but just can't. It was the stuff of nightmares. Palace took a two-goal lead in just 25 minutes. Their fans, who took over the entire Milton End, couldn't believe it. Pompey fans looked on in disbelief. Relegation seemed a certainty. On the stroke of half time Lee Mills scored to give us hope. Unfortunately while the Pompey fans were still celebrating, Crystal Palace steamed forward and Dougie Freedman left the defence for dead before scoring into a stunned Fratton End no more than twenty seconds after kick off. I can remember fans trying to get on the pitch, it was horrible. We lost 4-2 eventually and only stayed up by somehow beating Barnsley 3-0 a few days later with Tiler helping keep a clean sheet.

The following season saw Tiler improve slightly. He then played a full part in the humiliating 4-1 home defeat by Orient in the FA Cup, even giving the fans a one fingered salute as they booed the team off at full time. He also got sent off in the next league match, a 3-1 defeat at Bradford as Rix's era came to a bloody end. Luckily my memories of him run out there.

He finally retired from the game in 2003 due to injury having had almost 5m spent on him during his career, not including wages. It was a day that many football fans had dreamed of for years.

Football was finally safe.

Written by The Rabbi.

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Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Thursday December 6 2007
Time: 8:09AM

Comments

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the rix and tiler eras - not too many happy memories there were there, makes me shudder thinking about it... fantastic article The Rabbi, another that i really enjoyed reading - even if it might leave me traumatised...
pompeyrug
06/12/2007 08:12:00
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How can a player pull the wool so many times with so many people to make a lucrative career out of it? The guy should be thoroughly ashamed with himself.
Et_tu_Pompeii
06/12/2007 08:42:00
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its frightening isnt it - thankfully, even tho i clearly missed the football at the time - the vast majority of the rix and tiler eras were confined to 'radio' commentary, as work comitments - and lack of funds - meant going to football was a very, very rare thing... tiler was awful tho wasnt he, he has got to be one of the worst defenders ever!
pompeyrug
06/12/2007 09:05:00
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Good God, unhappy memories, cheers for that Rabbi!! The funny thing is, I can remember him playing some good matches in his second season (as was mentioned), but it really never improved my overall opinion of the guy (just dyeing turd a different colour really). That defeat to the Orient will forever be remembered as a low point for me.....and a reminder of just how far we've come since....(did we really only sign him about 6 and a half years ago!!!!)
Tantona
06/12/2007 11:26:00
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In the last 20 years, CT has to be in my top 10 'worst ever' players. For the odd good pass & 99% pure ****e he opitmised the awful mid-late 90s. Sadly I had a home season ticket for the entitre 90s & very much suffered for my cause.
storagematt
06/12/2007 12:31:00
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true Tantona - looking back at people like tiler and the defeat we suffered to teams like orient shows how far we have come, and in such a short space of time... hopefully the days of the likes of the 'carl tilers' and so on are long gone...
pompeyrug
06/12/2007 13:21:00
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He was terrible for Villa too. Makes you wonder how guys like this make a decent career for themselves.
DeanoVilla
06/12/2007 14:25:00
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He is right up ther with Scott McGarvey in my book, if I recall didn't he score Pompeys other goal in the 4-2 defeat against Palace?
paultsmouth
06/12/2007 20:59:00
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He helped get Forest, Sheff Utd and Charlton get relegated, was in an Everton team that escaped by the skin of their teeth, and did the same at Pompey. Him and Quashie must be the biggest bad luck charms in football?
The Rabbi
06/12/2007 21:54:00
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the 'relegator' did he go out on loan to stoke in the end from west ham as i heard he might... we should start a new feature - 'he got them relegated too!'
pompeyrug
06/12/2007 23:42:00
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