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Paul Tisdale
Personal information
Full name Paul Robert Tisdale
Date of birth 14 January 1973 (1973-01-14) (age 37)
Place of birth    Valletta, Malta
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Exeter City (Player-Manager)
Number 17
Youth career
1987–1991 Southampton
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Northampton (loan)
Huddersfield (loan)
Bristol City
Exeter City (loan)
Dundee United (loan)
Yeovil Town
Exeter City
16 (1)
05 (0)
02 (0)
06 (0)
10 (1)
00 (0)
 ? (?)
18 (1)
15 (1)
00 (0)   
Teams managed
Team Bath
Exeter City

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

Paul Robert Tisdale (born 14 January 1973 in Malta) is a professional footballer, and the current player-manager of Exeter City.


Playing career



A former England youth international, Tisdale came through the youth system at Southampton. He signed as a professional in June 1991. He was loaned out to Northampton Town at the end of the 1991-92 season, where he made 5 league appearances.

He eventually made his Southampton debut in a League Cup game against Huddersfield Town on 5 October 1994. Unfortunately, at this time Southampton were enduring frequent changes of manager and, as a result, Tisdale never had a settled run in the first team. Having played his last senior game for Southampton on 27 April 1996, he again went out on loan in the 1996-97 season, this time to Huddersfield Town, where he made only two appearances.

In his time at Southampton he made a total of 18 first team appearances, scoring once, against Manchester City on 16 March 1996, when he took one touch and delicately lifted the ball over goalkeeper Eike Immel. Following the departure of mentor David Merrington, Tisdale moved to Bristol City in August 1997.

Bristol City and after

At Bristol City his appearances were limited. It was while at Bristol City that Tisdale got his first taste of life at Exeter, on a 3 month loan in the 1997-98 season. He left Ashton Gate after just one year, and began a globe-trotting career, playing for FinnPa (Finland) and Panionios (Greece) before returning to spend a year with Yeovil Town.

Coaching and management

Team Bath

Injury forced him to end his career early, and he took a coaching role with Team Bath in 2000. His time at the University of Bath side is best remembered for the FA Cup run in the 2002-03 season, in which they became the first university team to enter the competition since Gonville & Caius in 1881. Team Bath entered in the preliminary round and advanced through four qualifying rounds to the first round proper, before losing to Mansfield Town. At Team Bath, he had a great deal of success, earning four promotions.

Exeter City

Paul Tisdale's achievements at Team Bath prompted Exeter City to appoint him as their manager on 26 June 2006.

Following a major summer clearout under predecessor Alex Inglethorpe, three of Tisdale's four pre-season signings were defenders. Classy centre-half Rob Edwards was the one key first-teamer, but the transfer window closed with City boasting just three strikers and no winger, much to the alarm of many Grecians.

However, Tisdale's neat footballing style was warmly welcomed at St James Park, with his side's patient approach and desire to pass the ball in all areas of the pitch catching the eye amid the rough and tumble of the Conference.

Late in 2006, Tisdale finally got himself a winger by re-signing Wayne Carlisle, and in the January 2007 transfer window he recruited full-back Steve Tully, wide man Lee Elam and striker Richard Logan from Weymouth, financing the signings with the sale of Danny Woodards to Crewe.

The new blood gave City a boost, and in April 2007, Tisdale led The Grecians to their eighth appearance in the post-season playoffs, where they played Oxford United. They lost the first leg at St James Park 1-0; however, they recorded a thrilling 2-1 victory at Oxford and reached the play off final with a 4-3 win on penalties, where they met Morecambe at Wembley on 20 May, losing 2-1.

Tisdale re-registered himself as a player for the beginning of the 2007-08 season, giving himself the squad number 17, but he did not feature in the first team.

In the summer of 2007, Tisdale’s moves in the transfer market seemed more notable for players sold or released than those signed.

Lee Phillips (£17,500) and Chris Todd (£7,500) were both sold to Torquay, while Billy Jones (£65,000) went to Crewe. Jon Challinor, Patrick Ada and Martin Rice were also allowed to leave, as was player / assistant-boss Paul Buckle.

Experienced keeper Andy Marriott was brought in, and he played a key part in Exeter’s success in 2007–08, before handing the gloves to Paul Jones near the season’s end.

Matt Taylor joined from Team Bath, and excelled in an often-inexperienced defence alongside local youngsters George Friend and Danny Seaborne, whom Tisdale had promoted to first team duties.

Steve Basham was the only high profile signing and, although injuries limited the number of appearances he made, Basham’s touch of quality helped add a further creative edge to City’s play.

However, Tisdale’s side were still an outside bet for the play-offs in January 2008 when leading scorer Jamie Mackie was sold to Plymouth for £145,000 – taking Tisdale’s total transfer income raised to more than £250,000.

To the astonishment of fans, there was no rush to replace Mackie, with only midfielder Ryan Harley brought in from Weston-super-Mare and later striker Ben Watson signed from Grays.

However, Tisdale’s City side continued to play smart, tidy football and held their nerve in a tense climax to the season to qualify for the play-offs with a game to spare.

As with the previous year, Exeter lost the home play-off first leg to a freak goal, but won away - this time against Torquay - to win a return to Wembley.

This time, Tisdale led Exeter City to promotion via the play-offs in his second season in charge, after a 1-0 win against Cambridge United at Wembley on 18 May 2008. He is one of only four managers to lead The Grecians to promotion.

With Exeter back in the Football League, Tisdale was able to bring in former Ipswich Town legend Marcus Stewart from Yeovil Town. However, in true Tisdale fashion, there were departures too. Lee Elam, Wayne Carlisle, Jon Richardson and Andy Taylor left in the summer and, early in the 2008/09 season, George Friend was sold to Wolves for £350,000.

In October 2008, Exeter City confirmed that Tisdale has signed a two year contract.

City started brightly back in the League, maintaining their place in the play-off zone until the turn of the year despite sticking - Stewart aside - largely with the play-off winning squad.

In naming Paul Tisdale among the League's top ten managers, the website wrote in October 2008: "Tisdale is renowned for ensuring his sides play short, tidy football."

In December 2008, Exeter City extended their record of league (including Conference) games without back to back defeats to 125 matches, including the first 120 under Paul Tisdale's management. This shatters the club's previous record of 53 league games without consecutive defeats. Defeats against Brentford in the last game of 2008 and at Notts County in the first of 2009 ended the run.

Tisdale cemented his place as one of Exeter City's most successful managers ever by guiding the club to second place in their first season back in the Football League, in so doing becoming the first Exeter City manager to win successive promotions.

In Coca Cola League 1, his Exeter team are stable at 14th place.

Managerial stats

Team Nat From To Record
G W L D Win %
Exeter City England 26 June 2006[1] Present 167 80 48 49 47.9

As at 14 November 2009


As a Manager



  1. ^ "Manager Profile: Paul Tisdale". League Managers Association. Retrieved 2009-08-10.  

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