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Brian Tiler
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Full name Brian Tiler
Date of birth 15 March 1943(1943-03-15)
Place of birth    Rotherham, England
Date of death    30 June 1990 (aged 47)
Place of death    Italy
Playing position Central Defender
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Rotherham United
Aston Villa
Carlisle United
Wigan Athletic
Portland Timbers
213 (27)
107 0(3)
052 0(1)

06 0(0)   
Teams managed
Wigan Athletic
Miami Americans

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Brian Tiler (15 March 1943 – 30 June 1990) was an English footballer. Tiler, a central defender, began his career at his hometown club Rotherham United where he made his debut in 1962-63. He spent seven seasons at Millmoor, playing more than 200 league games, before moving on to Aston Villa in December 1968.

At Aston Villa, Tiler had the misfortune of being a member of the side that were relegated to the Third Division for first and only time in the club's history in 1969-70. However, he was also a member of the Villa side that won promotion two years later. In October 1972, he was transferred to Carlisle United, where he finished his Football League career. In 1974, he was appointed player-manager of non-league Wigan Athletic, where he spent two years, and won the Northern Premier League in 1974-75.[1]

He moved to America in the mid 1970's to join the Portland Timbers, originally as a player before joining the coaching staff. In 1980, he became assistant manager to Ron Newman at the Miami Americans in the franchise's only year of existence. After 9 games Newman quit to take over as coach at the San Diego Sockers, and Brian Tiler stepped up to become Head Coach until the team's demise at the end of the season.

Tiler later became managing director at AFC Bournemouth, where he helped engineer Bournemouth's first-ever promotion to the Second Division in 1986-87 along with his friend, team manager Harry Redknapp. In June 1990, Tiler was killed in a car accident in Italy when a car smashed head-on into the minibus where Tiler and Redknapp were travelling.[2][3] Redknapp was also badly injured in the accident, but survived and went on to make a full recovery. The pair were in Italy watching that summer's World Cup.


  1. ^ The non-league memories of Micky Worswick, Ye Olde Tree and Crown - a Wigan Athletic fans site.
  2. ^ Book review: Hunck pack of West Ham, The Independent (6 December 1998)
  3. ^ The gains of Harry's game, The Independent (16 April 1995)

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