Paul Tisdale

07 May 2011

Sport/Event > Football

Date and Place of Birth > 1973, Malta

Biography >
Paul is an ex-professional footballer, and the current manager of Exeter City F.C.

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 made his senior 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 2 appearances. In his time at Southampton he made a total of 18 first team appearances, scoring 1 goal, 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.

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 1 year, and began a globe-trotting career, playing for FinnPa (Finland) and Panionios (Greece) before returning to spend a year with Yeovil Town. Injury forced him to end his career early, and he took a coaching role with Team Bath in 2000.

As head coach 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 in a game televised live on Sky.

At Team Bath, he had a great deal of success, earning four promotions, which prompted Exeter City to appoint him as their manager on 26th June 2006.

Biographed sourced from wikipedia

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