Paul Telfer

Paul Telfer is a Scottish defender/midfielder who was born in Edinburgh on 21st October 1971. Telfer began his career at Luton, making his debut in 1991. He was involved in a horrific car crash in 1992, which forced his teammate Darren Salton out of football for good. Telfer recovered and helped the Hatters reach the semi-finals of the 1994 FA Cup. The following season the Scot continued to perform well on the right hand side of midfield, scoring 9 goals from 46.

In July 1995 Telfer signed for Coventry City. He made his debut in a 3-0 defeat at Newcastle on 19th August 1995, and three days later scored his first goal for the club in a 2-1 win over Manchester City. Telfer was signed by Ron Atkinson, but spent the majority of his time at Highfield Road working under Gordon Strachan, who took over in 1996. Strachan said in his autobiography Telfer was one of the best players he ever coached "He is a very well-rounded player. His passing, shooting and heading are good. On top of this, he is one of the fittest players I have ever known and he had a tremendous football brain". Telfer helped Coventry win a number of relegation battles in the late 1990s. He popped up with the odd goal here in and there too, including one in the famous 3-1 FA Cup win at Anfield in January 1998. Telfer left the club in 2001 not long after they were relegated from the Premiership.

In October 2001 Telfer followed Gordon Strachan to Southampton. He made his debut on 3rd November 2001 in a 2-1 home defeat to Blackburn. Telfer divided opinion amongst the St Marys crowd. Some believed he was an underrated player, who worked hard to make the team tick, while others saw him as a limited footballer. Results did improve soon after Telfer joined, with Saints climbing away from the drop zone to a comfortable mid table finish. He scored a terrific lob in the last day 3-1 victory over Newcastle on 11th May 2002. Telfer was a key component in the Saints side that reached the FA Cup final in 2002/03. The following campaign he missed just a single league game. Telfer's form dipped during 2004/05 as Southampton were relegated to the Championship. He left the club in the summer of 2005.

Telfer linked up with Gordon Strachan yet again in July 2005 when he signed for Celtic. He made his debut in the humiliating 5-0 loss at Artmedia Bratislava on 27th July. After a slow start, Telfer recovered to help the Hoops win a League and League Cup double in his first campaign at Parkhead. He won a second title in 2006/07, and was a surprise success at the club. Telfer made what turned out to be his final appearance in a 1-0 Champions League second round loss to Milan. The Scottish full back acquitted himself well against the likes of Kaka and Clarence Seedorf, putting in a brave performance.

Telfer signed for Bournemouth in August 2007, but failed to make any real impact and was forced to retire through injury at the end of the year. He returned to football for the start of the 2008/09 season, signing for Leeds United who were managed by former Coventry teammate Gary McCalister. Telfer played in the unfamiliar position of centre back, before losing his place in the side when McCalister was replaced as boss by Simon Grayson.

In 2009 Telfer had a brief spell with Slough Town. He joined Sutton United as a coach in the summer of 2011.