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

Brian Tiler
Personal information
Date of birth (1943-03-15)15 March 1943
Place of birth Rotherham, England
Date of death 30 June 1990(1990-06-30) (aged 47)
Place of death Latina, Italy
Playing position Central Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1962–1968 Rotherham United 213 (27)
1968–1972 Aston Villa 107 (3)
1972–1974 Carlisle United 52 (1)
1974–1976 Wigan Athletic 11 (0)
1976 Portland Timbers 6 (0)
Teams managed
1974–1976 Wigan Athletic
1977 Portland Timbers
1978–1980 Zambia
1980 Miami Americans
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

At Aston Villa, Tiler had the misfortune of being a member of the side that were relegated to the Third Division for the 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 played eleven league games for Wigan before leaving the club in 1976. He would later return to Springfield Park as the coach of the Zambia national team, who Wigan played a friendly against in October 1978.[2]

He then moved to America to join the Portland Timbers, originally as a player before joining the coaching staff.[3] In 1980, he became assistant manager to Ron Newman at the Miami Americans in the franchise's only year of existence. After nine 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 collided head on with the minibus in which Tiler and Redknapp were travelling.[4][5]

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[permanent dead link], Ye Olde Tree and Crown - a Wigan Athletic fans site.
  2. ^ Hayes, Dean (1996). The Latics: The Official History of Wigan Athletic F.C. Harefield: Yore Publications. pp. 80–81. ISBN 1-874427-91-7.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 July 2010. Retrieved 1 August 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Book review: Hunck pack of West Ham, The Independent (6 December 1998)
  5. ^ The gains of Harry's game, The Independent (16 April 1995)

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