Tim Flowers

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Tim Flowers
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Flowers in 2001
Personal information
Full name Timothy David Flowers
Date of birth (1967-02-03) 3 February 1967 (age 52)
Place of birth Kenilworth, Warwickshire, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Solihull Moors (Manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1986 Wolverhampton Wanderers 63 (0)
1986–1993 Southampton 192 (0)
1987Swindon Town (loan) 7 (0)
1993–1999 Blackburn Rovers 177 (0)
1999–2003 Leicester City 54 (0)
2001Stockport County (loan) 4 (0)
2002Coventry City (loan) 5 (0)
2002Manchester City (loan) 0 (0)
Total 500 (0)
National team
1987 England U21 3 (0)
1993–1998 England 11 (0)
Teams managed
2010–2011 Stafford Rangers
2011 Northampton Town (caretaker)
2013 Northampton Town (caretaker)
2018– Solihull Moors
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Timothy David Flowers (born 3 February 1967) is an English former professional footballer and goalkeeping coach who is currently the manager of Solihull Moors.

He played as a goalkeeper from 1984 until 2003. He was notably part of the Blackburn Rovers side that won the Premier League in 1995 and earned 11 caps for England. He also played for Wolverhampton Wanderers, Southampton, Swindon Town, Leicester City, Stockport County, Coventry City and Manchester City.

In May 2014 Flowers became goalkeeping coach of championship club Nottingham Forest. He was hired as part of Stuart Pearce's backroom staff. In February 2015 Flowers left the club after the departure of Pearce and appointment of Dougie Freedman - he left alongside Steve Wigley and Brian Eastick, who had worked alongside him as colleagues.

Club career[edit]

Wolverhampton Wanderers[edit]

Flowers was born in Kenilworth and began his career with Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1984. He quickly broke into the first team, becoming their regular goalkeeper by his 18th birthday, but his breakthrough came at the bleakest time in the club's history, as the two seasons he spent there both ended in relegation (in 1984–85) to the Third Division and in 1985–86 to the Fourth. After Wolves fell into the Fourth Division to complete a hat-trick of successive relegations, they had to sell Flowers as part of the effort to avoid bankruptcy.[citation needed]


He joined First Division club Southampton for £70,000 in June 1986.[citation needed] He was understudy to Peter Shilton in 1986–87, but managed nine league appearances (the first in a 5–1 defeat to Manchester United in mid September) and also played a further nine games on loan to Swindon Town in the Third Division.[citation needed] He made another nine league appearances in 1987–88 (by which time Shilton had joined Derby County) and returned to Swindon for a five-match loan spell, before becoming Southampton's regular goalkeeper in the 1989–90 season.[citation needed] Within a couple of years of becoming Southampton's first choice goalkeeper, Flowers was regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the English league and inevitable rumours of a transfer to a bigger club began.[citation needed]

Blackburn Rovers[edit]

He finally left Southampton on 4 November 1993 when a £2.4million move to Blackburn Rovers made him the most expensive goalkeeper in Britain.[1] His excellent goalkeeping was not quite enough to win Blackburn the Premier League title that season, but they did finish second to Manchester United, and went one better the following year when they won their first top division title since 1914. He remained at Ewood Park for another four seasons before Blackburn were relegated in 1999.

Leicester City[edit]

He was transferred to Leicester City, where he collected a Football League Cup winner's medal in his first season.[2] In August 2002 he went on loan to Manchester City to provide cover for Carlo Nash after injuries to Peter Schmeichel and Nicky Weaver.[3] He stayed with Leicester for one season after their relegation to Division One two years later before retiring as a player. His final appearance for Leicester City was against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux in May 2003. It was the final game of the season, and with Leicester 1–0 down, Flowers came on as a late substitute for Ian Walker. Leicester were awarded a late penalty, and despite shouts from the travelling Leicester fans for Flowers to take the penalty, and Flowers himself signalling to the bench, Micky Adams (then Leicester manager) ignored the fans, and allowed Trevor Benjamin to take it, who scored.[4]

International career[edit]

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.[5] He retired following the 2002–03 season.

Coaching and management[edit]

Following a spell as goalkeeper coach for both Leicester City and Manchester City, on 19 February 2007 he was appointed as assistant manager to Iain Dowie at Coventry City. Flowers left Coventry on 11 February 2008 after Dowie was sacked, before joining him again at Queens Park Rangers. He left the assistant manager's role at QPR as well after Dowie was sacked again.

In February 2010, he was appointed part-time goalkeeper coach at Northampton Town,[6] as well as mentoring Dean Coleman and Yasbir Singh at Kidderminster Harriers.[7]

On 17 March 2010, he re-joined Dowie when he was appointed as assistant manager at Premiership club, Hull City.[8]

On 14 October he was appointed manager of Conference North team Stafford Rangers.[9] However, Flowers resigned on 11 January 2011 after just nine games in charge.[10]

On 22 November 2011, Flowers become manager of his second club, this time being appointed caretaker manager of Northampton Town on 22 November 2011. He only managed the club for one game, losing 4–1 to Plymouth Argyle, before Aidy Boothroyd became permanent manager at the club, although Flowers remained as goalkeeping coach.

When Boothroyd was sacked by Northampton in January 2014, Flowers continued on the coaching staff under caretaker boss Andy King, but he left the club on 30 January 2014 following the appointment earlier that week of Chris Wilder as the new manager of Northampton Town.

On 6 March 2014 he was appointed first-team coach at Kidderminster Harriers.[11]

In July 2014, Flowers started working as a goalkeeper coach at Nottingham Forest under his former teammate, Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce.[12] Flowers left Forest following the dismissal of Pearce in February 2015.[13]

On 11 September 2015, it was reported that Flowers had replaced Gary Whild as manager of Kidderminster Harriers,[14] but he left the club within a fortnight[15][16] to be replaced by Dave Hockaday.[17]

On 20 June 2018, he returned to management with Solihull Moors replacing Mark Yates, who had joined newly promoted Football League side Macclesfield Town.[18]



Blackburn Rovers

Leicester City



  1. ^ Field, Pippa (10 October 2018). "Tim Flowers' journey from England duty to non-league management: 'It is grassroots but it doesn't matter to me, it's football'". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Leicester triumph at Wembley". BBC Sport. 27 February 2000. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  3. ^ "Flowers joins Man City". BBC Sport. 16 August 2002. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  4. ^ Milledge, Adrian (5 May 2003). "Wolves strike mood of hungry belief". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  5. ^ 1998 FIFA World Cup: England Squad FIFA. Retrieved 22 January 2010.
  6. ^ "Cobblers appoint Flowers as coach". Northampton Town Mad. 16 February 2010. Retrieved 18 March 2010.
  7. ^ "Flowers Takes Role". Kidderminster Harriers F.C. 8 February 2010. Archived from the original on 12 February 2010. Retrieved 18 March 2010.
  8. ^ "Iain Dowie confirmed as new Hull City manager". BBC Sport. BBC. 17 March 2010. Retrieved 18 March 2010.
  9. ^ "Tim Flowers appointed Stafford Rangers boss". BBC Sport. BBC. 14 October 2010. Retrieved 14 October 2010.
  10. ^ "Tim Flowers quits as Stafford Rangers manager". BBC Sport. BBC. 14 January 2011. Retrieved 14 January 2011.
  11. ^ "Tim Flowers: Kidderminster boss Gary Whild brings in new coach". BBC Sport. 6 March 2014. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  12. ^ "Nottingham Forest: Tim Flowers & John Marshall join backroom team". BBC Sport. BBC. 1 July 2014. Retrieved 1 July 2014.
  13. ^ Tanner, Rob (4 July 2015). "Tim Flowers interview: Leicester City was a good club from top to bottom". Leicester Mercury. Archived from the original on 3 August 2015. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  14. ^ "Kidderminster Harriers: Tim Flowers to take charge of first team". BBC Sport. BBC. 11 September 2015. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  15. ^ "Gary Whild departs Harriers". Kiddderminster Harriers FC. 21 September 2015. Archived from the original on 27 September 2015. Retrieved 10 October 2015. The club can also confirm that Tim Flowers was recently offered the position as Head Coach of the team but has declined that offer.
  16. ^ "We must get this right..." Kidderminster Harriers FC. 29 September 2015. Archived from the original on 2 October 2015. Retrieved 10 October 2015. Harriers are in need of a new man to take charge of first-team affairs after the departure of Gary Whild and Tim Flowers last week.
  17. ^ "Dave Hockaday named new Kidderminster Harriers Head Coach". Kidderminster Harriers FC. 9 October 2015. Archived from the original on 10 October 2015. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  18. ^ "Tim Flowers: Solihull Moors appoint ex-Blackburn and England keeper as boss". BBC Sport. 20 June 2018. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  19. ^ Holley, Duncan; Chalk, Gary (2003). In That Number – A post-war chronicle of Southampton FC. Hagiology Publishing. p. 301. ISBN 0-9534474-3-X.
  20. ^ a b "Tim Flowers: Overview". Premier League. Retrieved 27 September 2018.

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