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
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
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
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 sacked!!!!!!!!!!
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 always fan
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