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Brian Tiler

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Full nameBrian Tiler
Place of birthRotherham, England
Playing positionCentral Defender

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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 hometown club Rotherham United where he made his debut in 1962-63. He spent seven seasons at Millmoor, playing more than 200 league games, before moving on to Aston Villa in December 1968.

At Aston Villa, Tiler had the misfortune of being a member of the side that were relegated to the Third Division for 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.

He moved to America in the mid-1970s to join the Portland Timbers, originally as a player before joining the coaching staff.

In 1980, he became assistant manager to Ron Newman at the Miami Americans in the franchise's only year of existence. After 9 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 smashed head-on into the minibus where Tiler and Redknapp were travelling. 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.

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