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Carlton Palmer
Personal information
Full name Carlton Lloyd Palmer
Date of birth 5 December 1965 (1965-12-05) (age 44)
Place of birth    Rowley Regis, England
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
West Bromwich Albion
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
West Bromwich Albion
Sheffield Wednesday
Leeds United
Nottingham Forest
Coventry City
Watford (loan)
Sheffield Wednesday (loan)
Stockport County
Dublin City
Mansfield Town
121 0(4)
205 (14)
103 0(5)
045 0(3)
016 0(1)
030 0(1)
005 0(0)
022 0(0)
043 0(4)
00? 0(0)
001 0(0)
591 (32)    
National team2
England U21
England B
004 0(1)
005 0(0)
018 0(1)
Teams managed
Stockport County (player-manager)
Mansfield Town

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 30 October 2006.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 30 October 2006.
* Appearances (Goals)

Carlton Lloyd Palmer (born 5 December 1965 in Rowley Regis) is a former English professional football player who played as a midfielder, most notably for Sheffield Wednesday.


Playing career

Palmer started his career at West Bromwich Albion, joining as an apprentice in July 1983 before turning professional in December 1984.[1] He made his league debut in September 1985, as a substitute against Newcastle United.[1] He earned a move to Sheffield Wednesday in February 1989 for £750,000, where he made his name in the Premiership. This led to him being bought by Leeds United manager Howard Wilkinson for £2.6 million in June 1994.

In September 1997 he was signed by Southampton manager Dave Jones for a fee of £1.0 million. In the dressing room he was abrasive, awkward and argumentative but on the pitch he was determined, hard-working and persistent and his long legs made him difficult to play against. In January 1999 he was transferred to Nottingham Forest for a fee of £1.1 million and was replaced in Southampton's midfield by Chris Marsden.

He later played for Coventry City, who loaned him out to Watford for three months in 2000–01.[2] He also had a loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday,[3], before joining Stockport County in November 2001 as player-manager. Palmer also briefly played for Dublin City in Ireland, whom he joined in August 2004.[4]

Palmer won 18 caps for the English national team, scoring once against San Marino. He was a member of the England squad that went to the 1992 European Championships in Sweden. He was also capped 5 times for the England B team.

Management career

Palmer's management career began when he was appointed player-manager of Stockport County in November 2001.[5] He was sacked by the club in September 2003, following a poor start to the season.[6]

In November 2004, events involving Mansfield Manager Keith Curle resulted in Curle being suspended. With no manager, the Mansfield Chairman rang up Carlton and asked him if he would join The Stags temporarily as manager of the club, which Carlton accepted, without being paid. Keith Curle was later dismissed and Carlton Palmer signed a contract until 2006 as manager of Mansfield Town.[7] In September 2005, after Mansfield Town were beaten 2-0 by Rochdale and close to the League Two relegation zone, Carlton Palmer resigned as manager saying "I have had a good career and I don't need to take the abuse from the crowd. Keith Haslam, the Mansfield chairman, is a good mate of mine and I want to keep it that way so I will be stepping down as manager".[8]


Palmer now works as a pundit on the BBC show Final Score, and also provides match analysis for the Football Channel alongside Peter Reid. He represented Sheffield Wednesday in the 2006 Yorkshire Masters. He also owns the Dam House pub, near the Arts Tower in Sheffield.

Palmer owned an online estate agency in Sheffield called The Home Game which ceased trading in August 2008, and is a pundit on Ten Sports, the Mid-east Asian sports channel, that is broadcast in the UAE, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. He now works for Repton school Dubai and teaches football in P.E. and is sometimes guest presenter on Showsports with Rob McCaffrey and Derek Whyte. As of March 2009 he has been starring in a Paddy Power advert.[9]


Sheffield Wednesday
Leeds United

External links


  • Duncan Holley & Gary Chalk (2003). In That Number - A post-war chronicle of Southampton FC. Hagiology. ISBN 0-9534474-3-X.  

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