Norwich born shot
stopper Mark Tyler has long been a favourite with the Peterborough
fans since his arrival as a teenager. Kit Carson
spotted his talent when playing for a local team as a 10 year-old
and promptly took him to Carrow Road where he spent four years with
the Canaries before requesting a move. Carson introduced him to
Ipswich Town and Cambridge United before he joined Posh shortly
before Carson himself arrived at London Road. ĎI enjoyed my time
at Norwich, it was my home town and the team were doing really well
at the time, but after a while, I was going to training sessions
and feeling like I wasnít doing too much. Kit got me a trial with
Ipswich Town but the club said I was too short and a visit to Cambridge
United didnít go any better. I was delighted Posh gave me the chance
and I made my senior debut as a 17 year-old at Birmingham on September
18th 1994 - I remember because it was my brotherís birthday,í added
Tyler. He was an instant hit with the fans and manager John Still,
and before long, Tyler earned himself England Youth honours when
he was called up for the Under 20s prior to the Toulon Tournament.
Then as a 20 year-old, his consistent displays paved the way for
him to keep goal for a representative Nationwide team that took
on the Italian Serie B eleven, where he kept a clean sheet and was
the only Third Division player taking part.
Mark Tyler celebrated his 100th senior appearance in a Posh jersey
during the 1999-2000 Nationwide Division Three season curtain raiser
with Hartlepool United at London Road. However his career was nearly
curtailed by a punctured lung suffered against Hull City in January
1999. In February 2000, it was revealed that Tyler was playing through
the pain barrier in recent weeks amidst fears that he could have
suffered a career-ending wrist injury. The former England U-21 international
had x-rays which revealed there could be a serious problem with
the bones in his wrist, but he has now been given the all-clear
to continue playing, by the specialists. Posh kept the problem a
secret while they had medical experts checking into the matter.
Manager Barry Fry has now been quoted as saying: "We had a very
anxious few days because an X-ray indicated there may have been
a serious problem in Mark's hand. "I was told it may have been career
threatening, but a specialist assures me it's a very old injury
that is unlikely to cause Mark any future problems." Understudy
Bart Grieminck left the club last week to start a two month loan
spell at Swindon, leaving young Dan Connor as the next in line in
case Tyler was unable to play.
In April 2001, Nigel Worthington and
his staff were said to have watched Mark in order to evaluate him
as a replacement for Andy Marshall who is expected to leave the
Canaries on a Bosman Free Transfer. Mark would be following in the
footsteps of Adam Drury who also began his
career at Norwich, joined Peterborough and returned to Norwich.
Tyler's form during the 2001/02 season saw him selected for the
PFA Division Two representative side. It also led to transfer speculation
in the summer of 2002 with Ipswich said to be preparing a £1million
bid to replace the departed Matteo Sereni.
Following the signing of Joe Lewis in
January 2008, it was reported that Tyler would be joining Hull City
on loan. Mark was loaned out again at the end of September 2008
when he joined Watford. In January 2009, Tyler was loaned to Bury.
Tyler was put on the transfer-list at the end of the 2008/9 season.
He has been linked with a return to Bury or a switch to Luton. The
Luton switch became fact in mid-June 2009 with Tyler signing a two
year deal with the Hatters. He had made 468 appearances for Peterborough.
Tyler rejoined Peterborough on 8th March 2016 having played 297 games for Luton. He joins on a three month loan with a view to a permanent move as player-coach. However Tyler, whose Luton deal expires in June 2016, is unlikely to play this term due to a back injury.