Ecclesall, Sheffield born centre half Herbert Tyler began his football career with Birley Carr, playing for Firth’s Works of Tinsley in 1908, from where he joined Midland League club Castleford Town in 1909. He signed for Sheffield Wednesday in May 1910, but never made their first eleven, and how long he stayed at Hillsborough is uncertain, however his career was then interrupted by the First World War, during which he came to prominence in wartime league football with Manchester City, where he scored 3 goals in 28 matches in their 1917-18 campaign.
After the conclusion of the War, Tyler signed permanently for Manchester City in July 1919, making his Football League debut in a First Division match at Oldham Athletic at the start of September. Having missed the season opener he was an ever present for the rest of the season as City finished sixth in the League Championship, but he lost his regular place after 3 matches in September 1920 and only played once more for Manchester City as they bettered their previous season’s performance, finishing runners up.
In May 1921, released by Manchester City after 47 appearances for The Citizens, Tyler joined newly elected Third Division (North) club Stalybridge Celtic and missed only a handful of matches during their two seasons as a League club, but when they resigned their League status he joined Chesterfield in May 1923 after his only career goal, in a 1-1 draw at Lincoln City in September 1922, in 81 appearances for The Celts. He helped Chesterfield finish third in the division in 1923-24 having come into the team in November, but he lost his place in September 1924, finishing his football career after 34 appearances for The Spireites.