A 15-year career at Premier League and Championship level started at Aggborough for Lloyd Dyer
By Matty Paddock - 07/01/2017
Posted 3 years ago
If our past players have taught us that, say, that Ian Clarkson was reliable and Peter Wassall was prolific, we can for sure be certain that Lloyd Dyer was fast!
This speed-merchant of the wings only spent a one-month stint at Aggborough but that temporary spell now means he’s still even today used by many Harriers fans who saw him play in the red and white as the yardstick for all things to move at pace.
Ask those fans who is the quickest they’ve seen turn out for Harriers and even if Dyer is not automatically top of the tree, he’ll almost always be up there. So much so in fact that his exploits during one Premier League game for then parent club West Bromwich Albion saw him singled out for analysis by Alan Hansen on Match of the Day – and he knows a thing or two about tricky wingers.
Birmingham-born Lloyd was a Baggies boy when he signed on loan in October 2003 in time for a Harriers debut in Division Three against Bristol Rovers, the first of seven appearances he’d make in total before leaving after the initial month to force his way into the plans of the Albion.
He netted once for us, in a 2-1 home defeat to Lincoln City, but in terms of his development that’s all he needed. He returned to the Hawthorns to help them clinch promotion to the Premier League in 2004 with some blistering displays in what is now the Championship.
Whilst impressive in the top flight with Albion, their horses-for-courses requirements meant he was always a little too extravagant a body to risk and as such never nailed down a permanent place, leading to short spells with the likes of Coventry, QPR and Millwall.
Dyer had already cut ties with West Brom by the time he finally settled down at MK Dons in time for the 2006/07 and it wasn’t long before he was making headlines and picking up an early Player of the Month award.
In two years there he notched 16 times in 86 appearances and was a major part of the puzzle in their League Two Championship win in 2008. Creating major ripples of interest, it wasn’t long before his form alerted Leicester City who signed him in the summer of 2008 – beginning one of the most settled spells of this player’s career – a whopping 230 appearances made for the Foxes up until his departure in 2014 – a record hardly to be sniffed at in this day and age.
From City he moved on to Watford, Birmingham and Burton Albion. As recently as 2017, Dyer racked up 22 appearances for the Brewers as they secured survival in the Championship. He even chipped in with four goals – a terrific tally for what is the second best division in the entire country when you consider Dyer is now 34. It seems no matter what his age, he’s still as fast as he ever was!
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