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Paul Telfer
Personal information
Full name Paul Norman Telfer
Date of birth 21 October 1971 (1971-10-21) (age 38)
Place of birth    Edinburgh, Scotland
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Right-back/Centre-back
Club information
Current club Slough Town
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Luton Town
Coventry City
Leeds United
Slough Town
144 (19)
191 0(6)
127 0(1)
057 0(1)
018 0(0)
014 0(0)
002 0(0)   
National team2
Scotland U21
003 0(0)
001 0(0)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 20:35, 14 December 2008 (UTC).
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 16:08, 8 August 2008 (UTC).
* Appearances (Goals)

Paul Norman Telfer (born 21 October 1971) is a Scottish footballer who plays for Slough Town. He is the nephew of former Scotland, Heart of Midlothian, Chelsea and Dundee United midfielder Eamonn Bannon. He joined Slough Town on 2 April 2009, and will be under the management of former Luton team mate Darren Salton.[1]


Football career

Telfer was born in Edinburgh, but began his career at Luton Town as a right-sided midfielder. In the summer of 1995, he was signed by Coventry City, where he began his long association with Gordon Strachan, who at the time was player-coach at the club, and later became manager. While at Coventry, Telfer won his only senior Scotland cap, playing in Scotland's 2-0 friendly defeat against France on 29 March 2000 at Hampden Park.

In 1992, Telfer and then Luton teammate Darren Salton were involved in a horrific car crash. Telfer suffered only minor injuries and went on to make a full recovery, while Salton almost died and was forced to quit football following the accident.[2]



In October 2001, Telfer joined Southampton, who had appointed Strachan as manager just over a month earlier. At Southampton, Telfer was converted from midfielder to right-back, and was a member of the side that reached the 2003 FA Cup Final. He scored once during his spell at Southampton, in a 3-1 win over Newcastle in May 2002.[3]


In 2005, Strachan became manager at Celtic, and again made Telfer one of his first signings. Telfer played just under two years at Parkhead, where he won two Scottish League championships and scored once in the league against Aberdeen.[4] However, his family had difficulty settling in Glasgow, and on 3 December 2006, Telfer announced he would not renew his contract with Celtic because he wished to spend more time with his family in Winchester.[5] On 2 April 2007, Telfer brought forward his retirement and officially left Celtic to be with his family in England.[6 ]


On 13 July 2007, Telfer came out of retirement, signing a one-year contract with League One side Bournemouth.[7][8]. On 12 December 2007, Telfer cancelled his contract with Bournemouth to help their financial problems. A few days earlier, he had been ruled out for the season with a foot injury that required surgery and retired again.

Leeds United

On 8 August 2008, Telfer came out of retirement for a second time and joined Leeds United on a non-contract basis after initially training with Leeds to keep fitness. He signed a 1 year deal with the club at the end of August. Impressing his former teamate Gary McAlliser who was managing Leeds at the time. Telfer was expected to act as cover for right back Frazer Richardson.

But after some poor performances by Leeds' centre backs, Telfer found himself playing in an unfamiliar centre back role after impressing for Leeds in the position in a Carling Cup game against Crystal Palace. Telfer at first put in some assured performances, but as the season went on Leeds became very vulnerable, with Telfer's lack of pace being exposed. Most notably in injury time against Huddersfield Town after Leeds conceded a goal, where Telfer's lack of pace was badly exposed. Gary McAllister was sacked in December, and new manager Simon Grayson left Telfer out of all of his first team squads during his first month at the club. On 2 February 2009, his contract was cancelled by mutual consent with Telfer saying he didn't want Leeds to spend money paying his wages whilst he wasn't going to play. The gesture was widely praised by Simon Grayson who wished Telfer well.

Slough Town

In April 2009, Telfer signed for non-league Slough Town[9], managed by Darren Salton.





  1. ^ "Bateman goes Wild as four sign on". [1]. 2 April 2009. Retrieved 3 April 2009.  
  2. ^ "Salton rescued by Robertson". The Scotsman. 12 February 2005. Retrieved 2006-09-29.  
  3. ^ "Dyer World Cup doubt". BBC. 11 May 2002. Retrieved 27 October 2009.  
  4. ^ "Aberdeen 1-3 Celtic". BBC. 2 December 2005. Retrieved 27 October 2009.  
  5. ^ "Telfer to quit Celtic in summer". BBC. 3 December 2006. Retrieved 2006-12-03. ""My contract is up and, even if there was an offer of another year, I won't be staying...I feel fit enough to play on, but my family couldn't settle and are already back down south. So, if a club came in, I'd look at that.""  
  6. ^ "Telfer brings forward Celtic exit". BBC Sport. 2007-04-02. Retrieved 2007-04-02.  
  7. ^ "Telfer agrees deal with Cherries". 13 June 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-13.  
  8. ^ "Telfer Joins Bond Revolution". 13 June 2007.,,10324~1072450,00.html. Retrieved 2007-06-13.  
  9. ^ "Paul Telfer signs for Slough Town". 3 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-13.  

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