Tim Flowers

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Tim Flowers
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Tim Flowers (2001)
Surname Timothy David Flowers
birthday 3rd February 1967
place of birth KenilworthEngland
position goalkeeper
Years station
1981-1984 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Years station Games (goals) 1
1984-1986 Wolverhampton Wanderers 63 (0)
1986-1993 Southampton FC 192 (0)
1987 →  Swindon Town  (loan) 2 (0)
1987-1988 → Swindon Town (loan) 5 (0)
1993-1999 Blackburn Rovers 177 (0)
1999-2003 Leicester City 54 (0)
2001 →  Stockport County  (loan) 4 (0)
2002 →  Coventry City  (loan) 5 (0)
2003 →  Manchester City  (loan) 0 (0)
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
1987 England U21 3 (0)
1993-1998 England 11 (0)
Stations as a trainer
Years station
2010-2011 Stafford Rangers
2011 Northampton Town (interim)
2013 Northampton Town (interim)
2018-2020 Solihull Moors
2020– Macclesfield Town
1 Only league games are given.

Timothy "Tim" David Flowers (born February 3, 1967 in Kenilworth , Warwickshire ) is a former English football goalkeeper and current coach . In the course of almost two decades of active career, he had his most successful time first at Southampton FC and then at Blackburn Rovers . With the Rovers he won the English championship in 1995 and five years later he won the league cup with Leicester City . In addition, he completed eleven full international matches for England and was part of the squad at the Euro 1996 in his own country and the 1998 World Cup in France , but mostly remained a substitute for David Seaman .

Player career


Wolverhampton Wanderers (1981-86)

Flowers joined the Wolverhampton Wanderers' junior program in March 1981 as a student . After receiving a training contract in August 1983, he was promoted to the professional squad a year later. On October 25, 1984 he made his debut against Sheffield United (2-2) for the club, which had just been relegated back to the second division, and as the successor to John Burridge he was in a total of 44 competitive games between the posts in the 1984/85 season. The financially troubled club was passed through as the bottom of the table in the third division and in the following season 1985/86, when even the case followed in the fourth division , he shared the role of "number 1" with Scott Barrett . In June 1986, he moved at the age of 19 for a transfer fee of 70,000 pounds to the first division club Southampton FC , there to act primarily as a substitute for Peter Shilton .

Southampton FC (1986-93)

His start with the "Saints" was bumpy. He conceded five goals on his debut against Manchester United , broke his jaw on his second appearance and was overshadowed by Shilton and later by Burridge, which has now also arrived in Southampton. He was also loaned twice to Swindon Town , where Flowers came in the late stages of the 1986/87 season to two inserts and added five more games in the subsequent season. In the 1989/90 season he developed after moving from Burridge to Newcastle United to the goalkeeper in Southampton and at the same time one of the best goalkeepers in England. In the following three years he missed only five league games and in the 1991/92 season he had a big moment in the FA Cup when he parried decisively on penalties against Ryan Giggs . In November 1993, he went to the Blackburn Rovers , trained by Kenny Dalglish , who were investing heavily in new players at the time , for a record goalkeeping record of 2.4 million pounds - meanwhile matured in the English national team .

Blackburn Rovers (1993-99)

Flowers quickly justified the high purchase price, took over from Bobby Mimms as the goalkeeper and after winning the runner-up in his first season he won the English championship title in his second year . His performance in the penultimate game of the season against Newcastle United (1-0) was one of the key factors on the way to success. At the beginning of the 1997/98 season he lost his regular place under Roy Hodgson to the Australian John Filan before he injured himself in the fourth game and temporarily cleared the way for Flowers. However, he began to suffer from injury problems and in the 1998/99 season, which ended with Blackburn's relegation to the second division , he came behind Filan only in ten championship games to the train. In July 1999 Flowers then moved to Leicester City for 1.1 million pounds , which means he was also retained in the Premier League.

Leicester City (1999-2003)

With his new club, Leicester City, Flowers found their old strength and won his second important club title in 2000 with the English League Cup . He stayed there until 2003, but was increasingly ousted after a few periods of weakness by Ian Walker and each briefly loaned to Stockport County and Coventry City , before he ended his active career after the return of Leicester City to the Premier League.

English national team

Flowers had convinced with consistently good performances for Southampton in the 1992/93 season and so he made his debut for England's senior team on June 13, 1993 during a trip to the USA . The friendly against Brazil ended with a 1-1 respectable win. As early as 1987 he had stood between the posts three times for the English U21s , and on September 8th there was also a comparison with the West German junior team . Immediately after the Brazil game, coach Graham Taylor experimented with the aspiring Nigel Martyn after another competitor, Chris Woods, had fallen out of favor shortly before . In the following years, Flowers was regularly represented in the squad for a long time without having any notable ambitions for a regular place. In 1996 he was in the national team for the European Championships in 1996 in his own country, but - as otherwise during his active career - did not get past the goalkeeper David Seaman . At the 1998 World Cup in France , Flowers was nominated again for England, just like two years earlier, but was not used in the tournament itself and should not play another game for his country. He was last active for his country shortly before the World Cup, in the preparatory game on May 27, 1998 against the team from Morocco .

Coaching career

After his playing career, Flowers was goalkeeping coach at Leicester City and Manchester City before Northern Irishman Iain Dowie brought him to Coventry City as an assistant coach on February 19, 2007 . When the club separated from Dowie in early 2008 and introduced John Harbin and Frankie Bunn as interim coaches, Flowers also left the "sky blue". When Dowie found a new club with the Queens Park Rangers in May of the same year , the former goalkeeper followed him. However, the paths parted again in October 2008 and Flowers was hired again as goalkeeping coach. In March 2010 Dowie hired the relegation-threatened Premier League team Hull City . In addition to Steve Wigley , he brought Flowers again to his assistant coaching team to create relegation.

In the 2010/11 season he worked in the amateur field as head coach for the Stafford Rangers and then in the coaching staff of the Kidderminster Harriers , before he was active for three years as an assistant for Northampton Town - twice as head coach on an interim basis. In March 2014 he joined the Kidderminster Harriers as a cotrainer under Gary Whild. Shortly afterwards he stopped this activity to work under Stuart Pearce at Nottingham Forest . After Pearce's resignation in February 2015, he returned to the Kidderminster Harriers, before his work there ended shortly after Whild's release in September 2015. For the 2018/19 season , Flowers took over the coaching position at the fifth division Solihull Moors , previously he had been assistant coach under Mark Yates at the club since November 2017 . Flowers led the club into the second main round of the 2018/19 FA Cup , in which they lost to third division club Blackpool in the replay. In the league he finished second with the team at the end of the season, in the subsequent promotion play-offs they lost 1-0 in the semi-finals against AFC Fylde . In January 2020, the contract was terminated by mutual agreement.

At the end of August 2020 he was introduced as the new coach of fourth division relegated Macclesfield Town .

Title / Awards

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Hugman, Barry J .: Premier League: The Players - A Complete Guide to Every Player 1992-93 . Tony Williams Publishing, 1992, ISBN 978-1-869833-15-2 , pp. 171 .
  2. Mike Jackman: Blackburn Rovers - The Complete Record . Breedon Books, 2009, ISBN 978-1-85983-709-2 , pp. 189 f .
  3. ^ Statistics from Tim Flowers on thefa.com
  4. "Tim FLOWERS - ENGLAND - Biography of his England football career." (Sporting Heroes)
  5. "Tim Flowers: Kidderminster boss Gary Whild brings in new coach" (BBC Sport)
  6. "Tim Flowers interview: Leicester City was a good club from top to bottom" ( Memento of the original from August 3, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (Leicester Mercury) @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.leicestermercury.co.uk
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  8. bbc.com: Tim Flowers: Solihull Moors appoint ex-Blackburn and England keeper as boss (June 20, 2018) , accessed June 20, 2018
  9. bbc.com: Solihull Moors appoint Mark Yates as manager, assisted by Tim Flowers (Nov. 15, 2017) , accessed June 20, 2018
  10. bbc.com: Tim Flowers: Solihull Moors manager leaves club by mutual consent (January 28, 2020) , accessed on January 28, 2020
  11. bbc.com: Tim Flowers: Macclesfield Town appoint ex-England keeper as manager (August 28, 2020) , accessed on August 28, 2020