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Full name  Paul Norman Telfer
Years  Team
Weight  72 kg
Current team  None
Height  1.75 m

Playing position  Right-back
Role  footballer
Name  Paul Telfer
Position  Defender
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Number  26 (Leeds United F.C. / Defender)

Place of birth  Edinburgh, Scotland

Date of birth   (1971-10-21) 21 October 1971 (age 49)

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Paul Norman Telfer (born 21 October 1971) is a Scottish former professional footballer.


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Telfer made over 300 league appearances in the Premier League for Coventry City and Southampton between 1995 and 2005, whilst with Coventry he was capped once by Scotland and had also previously played just under 150 times for Luton Town. In 2005, he signed for Scottish Premier League side Celtic where he made 57 appearances in two seasons in his native country. He has since gone on to feature for Bournemouth and Leeds United before finishing his career with non-league side Slough Town in 2009.

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In 2011, he joined the coaching staff at Sutton United and also agreed to make a return to the playing side of the game.

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Football career

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Telfer was born in Edinburgh, but began his career at Luton Town as a right-sided midfielder. In the summer of 1995, he was signed by Coventry City, where he began his long association with Gordon Strachan, who at the time was player-coach at the club, and later became manager. While at Coventry, Telfer won his only senior Scotland cap, playing in Scotland's 2–0 friendly defeat against France on 29 March 2000 at Hampden Park.

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In 1992, Telfer and then Luton teammate Darren Salton were involved in a horrific car crash. Telfer suffered only minor injuries and went on to make a full recovery, while Salton almost died and was forced to quit football following the accident.


In October 2001, Telfer joined Southampton, who had appointed Strachan as manager just over a month earlier. At Southampton, Telfer was converted from midfielder to right-back, and was a member of the side that reached the 2003 FA Cup Final. He scored once during his spell at Southampton, in a 3–1 win over Newcastle in May 2002.


In 2005, Strachan became manager at Celtic, and again made Telfer one of his first signings. Telfer played just under two years at Parkhead, where he won two Scottish League championships and scored once in the league against Aberdeen. However, his family had difficulty settling in Glasgow, and on 3 December 2006, Telfer announced he would not renew his contract with Celtic because he wished to spend more time with his family in Winchester. On 2 April 2007, Telfer brought forward his retirement and officially left Celtic to be with his family in England.


On 13 July 2007, Telfer came out of retirement, signing a one-year contract with League One side Bournemouth. On 12 December 2007, Telfer cancelled his contract with Bournemouth to help their financial problems. A few days earlier, he had been ruled out for the season with a foot injury that required surgery and retired again.

Leeds United

On 8 August 2008, Telfer came out of retirement for a second time and joined Leeds United on a non-contract basis after initially training with Leeds to keep fitness. He signed a 1-year deal with the club at the end of August. Impressing his former teammate Gary McAlliser who was managing Leeds at the time. Telfer was expected to act as cover for right back Frazer Richardson.

But after some poor performances by Leeds' centre backs, Telfer found himself playing in an unfamiliar centre back role after impressing for Leeds in the position in a League Cup game against Crystal Palace. Telfer at first put in some assured performances, but as the season went on Leeds became very vulnerable, with Telfer's lack of pace being exposed. Most notably in injury time against Huddersfield Town after Leeds conceded a goal, where Telfer's lack of pace was badly exposed. Gary McAllister was sacked in December, and new manager Simon Grayson left Telfer out of all of his first team squads during his first month at the club. On 2 February 2009, his contract was cancelled by mutual consent with Telfer saying he didn't want Leeds to spend money paying his wages whilst he wasn't going to play.

Slough Town and Sutton United

In April 2009, Telfer signed for non-league Slough Town, but failed to appear in the 2009–10 season. In the 2011 close-season, it was announced that Telfer would be joining Sutton United in a player/coach capacity.

Indy Eleven

In May 2014, Telfer joined the North American Soccer League team Indy Eleven as an assistant coach working under head coach Juergen Sommer who was a team-mate during his time at Luton Town F.C.. On 2 June 2015, Telfer was released from the coaching staff of Indy Eleven along with Sommer


  • FA Cup runner-up: 2003
  • Celtic;
  • Scottish Premier League: 2006, 2007
  • Scottish League Cup: 2006
  • Personal life

    Telfer is a nephew of Eamonn Bannon, who also played for Scotland.

    Telfer is a keen player of golf. As of June 2009, his handicap was two shots.


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