There's only one Carlton Palmer. And he smokes... well...nothing
of course - he's a professional footballer.
The gangly centre-back/midfielder has plenty of critics out there,
but in a career with numerous clubs he's managed to pick up some
England caps (okay, under Graham Taylor but they still count) and
managers have been keen to have him in their teams for his all-round
ability. His arrival at Leeds wasn't exactly popular: having sold
David Batty to Blackburn, we spent the money on buying Palmer
notionally as a centre back but almost immediately (after more than a
few costly free kicks were conceded around the area) started using him
in Batty's position in midfield.
In his time at Leeds, he did what he always does: give 100%, win
the ball and get tangled up with the opposition to concede a foul. He
frequently looked amazed as the ref gave decisions against him, and
you could sometimes see why - particularly when a typically whinging
performance from Alan Shearer got Carlton a red card at Elland Road.
Like several others, he found himself being used less and less by
GG and it was no surprise to see him leave Elland Road in 1997. He's
since had a couple of decent seasons at Southampton (but picking up a
red card at Elland Road) and Cov, and linked up with former England
boss Taylor on loan at Watford. He returned briefly to Coventry but
was released on a free to return to Hillsborough in early 2001.
In November 2001 he was announced as the new manager of struggling
Stockport County - his first managerial role and it will be
interesting to see how he gets on and how much he feels he needs to
play himself. The club was in serious financial problems apart from
any on-field problems and after being forced to sell two of his best
players almost immediately, Carlton set out planning on how to
organise the team to get back into Division 1 since relegation was
inevitable following record-breaking runs of defeats.
luke beckett says: carlton palmer is a rubbish manager
Dave Harris says: He's very tall.
Laila Palmer says: Carlton is my cousin he a great guy and a great
football player despite what people say.
James Leighton says: I met Carlton Palmer playing golf at Bruntwud
park in Cheadle. The whole team were there. He didn't have a clue and
he was as useless at golf as he was at football. Thank god he's been
Palm top says: Carlton palmer a nice bloke meet him ages ago in
doncaster sighning in a sports shop hope he gets a new job.
Tapha Diop says: hello mister palmer I'am very happy to write you
I'am your biggest fan in Senegal (west africa)since 1990. you are one
of the best player in the world i have ever seen . I don't know where
you play now I will be very happy when you write me see you soon your
Ste says: What has Tapha Diop been smokin?? best player in the
world!! Ha! Old Carlton did score a blinder every now and again though
- oddly enough.
Rob Clark says: Is it true Carlton Palmer was sent off whilst
playing for at least 5 different Premiership clubs??
Swamps says: I thought he looked good in a headband or have I got
the wrong player. Aren't there any piccies of Carlton in a