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Mark Tyler
Mark Tyler Bury v. Aldershot Town 1.png
Personal information
Full name Mark Richard Tyler
Date of birth April 2, 1977 (1977-04-02) (age 32)
Place of birth    Norwich, England
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11+12 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Luton Town
Number 1
Youth career
Norwich City
Peterborough United
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Peterborough United
Billericay Town (loan)
Yeovil Town (loan)
Hull City (loan)
Watford (loan)
Bury (loan)
Luton Town
413 (0)
00? (?)
004 (0)
000 (0)
000 (0)
011 (0)
029 (0)   
National team
England U-17
England U-20

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 22:00 16 March 2010 (UTC).
* Appearances (Goals)

Mark Richard Tyler[1] (born 2 April 1977 in Norwich, Norfolk) is an English footballer who plays for Luton Town as a goalkeeper.




Peterborough United

Tyler started his career as a trainee, firstly at hometown club Norwich City, then later at Peterborough United, progressing from the youth team in 1994.

His first senior game for Peterborough came on 18 September 1994 in a 4-0 defeat away to Birmingham City. He made a further six appearances that season at the age of 17.[2] Tyler was sent on loan to non-league Billericay Town the next season, and played no part in the Peterborough first-team.[3] In the 1996–97 season, he played in three games for Posh before being loaned out to another non-league team – Yeovil Town, where he made four appearances.

He was included in the England under-20 squad for the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship, acting as substitute goalkeeper to David Lucas.[4]

Beginning from the 1997–98 season, with Peterborough now in the Third Division, Tyler established himself as the club's first-choice goalkeeper at the relatively young age of 20. He played in every game of the 1997–98 campaign, making a massive 56 appearances in all competitions over the season and keeping 16 clean sheets.[5]

Peterborough won promotion via the play-offs to the Second Division in a successful 1999–00 season, Tyler keeping a clean sheet in a 1–0 victory over Darlington at Wembley Stadium.[6]

By now an ever-present in the Peterborough side, Tyler regularly played in over 40 games per season[5], and was named in the 2001–02 PFA Second Division Team of the Year.[7] His career was not without injuries: a punctured lung sustained in 1999 kept him out of the team for a month, while a recurring wrist and hand fracture led to spells on the sidelines, particularly in early 2003.[8][9]

When Irish businessman Darragh MacAnthony became chairman and owner of Peterborough in August 2007, bringing money and ambition to the club[10], Tyler lost his first-team place to £400,000 record signing Joe Lewis[11], eventually becoming third choice goalkeeper behind youngster James McKeown. Tyler played 21 times, all before the signing of Lewis, as Peterborough won promotion as runners-up from League Two in the 2007–08 season. In January 2008, he was signed on loan by Hull City for two months as cover for City's Matt Duke, who underwent an operation to remove a testicular tumour.[12]

Posh won a second consecutive promotion the next season, though Tyler was to play no part, as he was rarely even on the substitutes bench. He signed an emergency loan deal with Watford in September 2008 to aid in their goalkeeping injury crisis, though he never played a game.[13] Tyler signed a one month loan deal, extended later for a further month, with League Two side Bury in January 2009[14], playing in 11 games, of which 7 resulted in wins.

Over the course of 15 years at London Road, Tyler made 483 appearances in all competitions. His loyal service to Peterborough resulted in a testimonial match organised by the club against Liverpool on 21 July 2007, in a game watched by over 9,000 fans.[3]

On 15 June 2009, with the realisation that the opportunity for first-team football at Peterborough was becoming increasingly rare, Tyler had his contract cancelled by mutual consent.[15][16]

Luton Town

Three days after his contract was cancelled, Tyler signed a two-year deal with Conference side Luton Town.[17] Many players from his time at Peterborough were now in the Luton dressing-room, including Shane Blackett, Claude Gnakpa, Liam Hatch, Adam Newton and Alan White, with Tyler admitting he would have no problems settling into his new club.[18]

Tyler became an instant fan favourite at Kenilworth Road[19], saving two penalties in his first few months at the club.[20][21]


Peterborough United


  1. ^ Hugman, Barry J. (2005). The PFA Premier & Football League Players' Records 1946-2005. Queen Anne Press. p. 623. ISBN 1852916656. 
  2. ^ "Peterborough United squad 1994-95". Up the Posh - The Peterborough United database. Retrieved 2009-11-20. 
  3. ^ a b "Mark Tyler official PFA interview". 2009-07-23. Retrieved 2009-11-20. 
  4. ^ "England U20 1-2 Argentina U20". FIFA. 1997-06-26. Retrieved 2009-11-20. 
  5. ^ a b "Mark Tyler career statistics". Retrieved 2009-11-20. 
  6. ^ "Posh pull it off at Wembley". BBC Sport. 2000-05-26. Retrieved 2009-11-20. 
  7. ^ "PFA Divisional Award winners". The Daily Telegraph. 2002-04-15. Retrieved 2009-11-24. 
  8. ^ "Flown from the nest - Mark Tyler". 2009-08-19. Retrieved 2009-11-20. 
  9. ^ "Tyler return on hold". BBC Sport. 2003-01-21. Retrieved 2009-11-20. 
  10. ^ "McAnthony finalises Posh takeover". BBC Sport. 2007-08-13. Retrieved 2009-11-20. 
  11. ^ "Peterborough - players to watch". BBC Sport. 2009-07-28. Retrieved 2009-11-20. 
  12. ^ "Hull poised to sign keeper Tyler". BBC Sport. 2008-01-17. Retrieved 2008-01-20. 
  13. ^ "Watford sign two players on loan". BBC Sport. 2009-09-30. Retrieved 2009-11-20. 
  14. ^ "Peterborough loan Tyler to Bury". BBC Sport. 2009-01-09. Retrieved 2009-11-20. 
  15. ^ "Tyler ready to leave Peterborough". BBC Sport. 2009-05-19. Retrieved 2009-11-20. 
  16. ^ "Tyler's Posh contract cancelled". BBC Sport. 2009-06-15. Retrieved 2009-11-20. 
  17. ^ "Town swoop to tie-up Tyler deal". Luton Town F.C.. 2009-06-17.,,10372~1695038,00.html. Retrieved 2009-06-18. 
  18. ^ "Tyler: I've come here for promotion". Luton Town F.C.. 2009-06-17.,,10372~1695077,00.html. Retrieved 2009-11-20. 
  19. ^ "Fans are a real boost, says new boy Tyler". Luton Today. (Johnston Press Digital Publishing). 2009-09-08. Retrieved 2009-11-20. 
  20. ^ "Oxford 2-0 Luton". BBC Sport. 2009-09-08. Retrieved 2009-11-20. 
  21. ^ "Altrincham 0-1 Luton". BBC Sport. 2009-10-17. Retrieved 2009-11-20. 

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