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    Stratford Town appoint ex-Premier League and England player as new manager

    Stratford Town appoint ex-Premier League and England player Tim Flowers as their new manager, and it’s quite a big name for the club’s level.

    The 54-year-old former goalkeeper has revealed that he is looking forward to managing at the seventh tier outfit, who was most recently knocked out of the FA Cup First Round when hosting League One outfit Shrewsbury Town.

    It comes after he took some time out of managing following his departure from National League side Barnet in March earlier this year.

    CLUB STATEMENT:

    We are delighted to announce Tim Flowers as the Bards first team manager!

    Tim enjoyed a stellar playing career as a goalkeeper making 286 Premier League appearances for Leicester City, Southampton, and Blackburn Rovers with whom he won the Premier league title in the 94/95 season playing alongside the likes of Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton.

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    He also represented the England national side winning 11 international caps between 1993 and 1998 and was a member of both the 1996 European Championship and the 1998 FIFA World Cup finals squads.

    After his glittering playing career ended Tim moved into coaching and joined Northampton Town as goalkeeper coach where he stayed for just over two years before briefly joining Kidderminster Harriers in 2014 as first-team coach.

    He then had a spell with Stuart Pearce at Nottingham Forest as their goalkeeping coach before joining Championship side Fulham as goalkeeping coach.

    In November 2017 he was appointed as assistant manager at National Premier league Solihull Moors and was then promoted to manager in June 2018. Tim guided the Moors to a best-ever finish of second place in the National League as well as reaching the second round of the FA Cup leaving the Moors in January 2020 by mutual consent with the team just one point off a play-off place.

    He made a return to football in August 2020 when he briefly joined Macclesfield Town before being appointed as Barnet’s new manager in December 2020.

    On news of his appointment a delighted Tim outlined what Bards fans can expect from his Stratford team.

    “Bards fans can expect an honest, humble and hardworking team that tries to create chances and endeavours to entertain our supporters”

    Look out for a video interview with Tim on Bards media soon.

    We’re sure the Bardy Army will wish to join us in giving a Big Bards welcome to Tim who’s first game in charge will be when we entertain Nuneaton Borough on Tuesday 30th November 7.45pm KO.

    – STATEMENT ENDS –

    Head coach Paul Davis said on Twitter he was asked to work alongside Flowers, but was undecided on what his plans were.

    He wrote: “Just to confirm the club have asked me to stay & work with Tim but I have not even had 24 hours to think about it! So I am still undecided on what I am doing! I will let everyone know in due course! Thank you for the messages of support!”

    Flowers now hopes to help the Bards climb the Southern Premier Central table, currently sitting 14th, picking up 18 points after 15 games played.

    FLOWERS’ CAREER:

    1984–1986 – Wolverhampton Wanderers – 63 games
    1986–1993 – Southampton – 192 games
    1987 → Swindon Town (loan) – 7 games
    1993–1999 – Blackburn Rovers – 177 games
    1999–2003 – Leicester City – 54 games
    2001 → Stockport County (loan) – 4 games
    2002 → Coventry City (loan) – 5 games
    2002 → Manchester City (loan)
    Total – 500 games

    National team
    1987 – England U21 – 3 games
    1993–1998 – England – 11 games

    Flowers won 11 caps with England between 1993 and 1998. He was in the squads for both Euro 96 in England and the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France. He then retired following the 2002–03 season.

    HONOURS:

    Southampton
    Full Members’ Cup runner-up: 1992

    Blackburn Rovers
    Premier League: 1994–95
    FA Charity Shield runner-up: 1994, 1995

    Leicester City
    Football League Cup: 2000

    Individual
    Premier League Player of the Month: January 1997, September 2000

    Teams managed
    2010–2011 – Stafford Rangers
    2011 – Northampton Town (caretaker)
    2013 – Northampton Town (caretaker)
    2018–2020 – Solihull Moors
    2020 – Macclesfield Town
    2020–2021 – Barnet
    2021-

    Twitter users reacted as Stratford Town appoint the ex-Premier League and England player as their new manager…

    @richthorndike: Good luck Tim. Huge coup for the Bards. Tremendous pedigree lots of experience at higher levels and a very decent man.

    @TheDB30: So now you’ll see Stratford filled with giant shithouses that repeatedly surround the referee and go down like they’ve been shot every time someone goes within 3 metres of them.

    @sambo_mt: Welcome Tim. Looking forward to what the future holds. #bardyarmy

    @MattGWard44: Hope Tim is allowed to do his job without interference; otherwise, his stay will be short.

    @rob_slatts: Good luck Tim 🧤- whatever fans opinions are on Paul Davis, it took a lot of commitment driving over from Bicester 3 times a week for training & match days. Good luck moving forward Paul, glad you bowed out on a win!

    @peterwealdstone: Blimey I didn’t recognise him at all.

    @72jamesk: Good appointment Tim knows the local scene very well

    @alekscz1: I reckon he’ll talk to them about his time at Solihull

    @tjd01_: Anti football hoofball merchant has found his level then

    @YouYeltz: Great appointment!

    Featured article image credit – Stratford Town / tyjenner94 on Instagram



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