Tim Flowers

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Flowers in 2020
Personal information
Full name Timothy David Flowers [1]
Date of birth (1967-02-03) 3 February 1967 (age 56) [1]
Place of birth Kenilworth, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) [2]
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Senior career*
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 56 (0)
2001Stockport County (loan) 4 (0)
2002Coventry City (loan) 5 (0)
2002Manchester City (loan) 0 (0)
International career
1987 England U21 3 (0)
1993–1998 England 11 (0)
Managerial career
2010–2011 Stafford Rangers
2011 Northampton Town (caretaker)
2013 Northampton Town (caretaker)
2018–2020 Solihull Moors
2020 Macclesfield Town
2020–2021 Barnet
2021–2022 Stratford Town
2023 Gloucester City
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Timothy David Flowers (born 3 February 1967) is an English football manager and former player who was most recently the manager of National League North side Gloucester City.


He played as a goalkeeper from 1984 until 2003, notably in the Premier League for Blackburn Rovers where he was part of side that won the 1994–95 FA Premier League. He also played in the top flight for Southampton and Leicester City as well as a brief stint at Manchester City that yielded no appearances. He also played in the Football League for Wolverhampton Wanderers, Swindon Town, Stockport County and Coventry City. He earned eleven caps for England and was part of their Euro 1996 and 1998 World Cup squads.

Following on his retirement, Flowers has largely worked as a goalkeeping coach in the professional game or as a manager in Non-League. He has managed Stafford Rangers, Solihull Moors, Macclesfield Town, Barnet and Gloucester City, as well as working on the coaching staff at Leicester City, Manchester City, Coventry City, Queens Park Rangers. Northampton Town, Kidderminster Harriers, Nottingham Forest and Cheltenham Town

Club career

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Flowers was born in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, [1] 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 ]


Flowers 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

Flowers left Southampton on 4 November 1993 when a £2.4 million move to Blackburn Rovers made him the most expensive goalkeeper in Britain. [3] His excellent goalkeeping was not quite enough to win Blackburn the Premier League title in the 1993–94 FA Premier League, 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

Flowers in 2001 Flowers, Tim.jpg
Flowers in 2001

Flowers was transferred to Leicester City, where he collected a Football League Cup winner's medal in his first season. [4] In August 2002 he went on loan to Manchester City to provide cover for Carlo Nash after injuries to Peter Schmeichel and Nicky Weaver. [5] 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, manager Micky Adams ignored the fans and ordered Trevor Benjamin to take it, who scored. [6]

International career

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

Coaching and managerial career

Following a spell as goalkeeper coach for both Leicester City and Manchester City, on 19 February 2007 Flowers 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, [8] as well as mentoring Dean Coleman and Yasbir Singh at Kidderminster Harriers. [9]

On 17 March 2010, he re-joined Dowie when he was appointed as assistant manager at Premiership club, Hull City. [10]

On 14 October he was appointed manager of Conference North team Stafford Rangers. [11] However, Flowers resigned on 11 January 2011 after just nine games in charge. [12]

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. [13]

In July 2014, Flowers started working as a goalkeeper coach at Nottingham Forest under his former teammate, Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce. [14] Flowers left Forest following the dismissal of Pearce in February 2015. [15]

On 11 September 2015, it was reported that Flowers had replaced Gary Whild as manager of Kidderminster Harriers, [16] but he left the club within a fortnight [17] [18] to be replaced by Dave Hockaday. [19]

On 20 June 2018, he returned to management with Solihull Moors replacing Mark Yates, who had joined newly promoted Football League side Macclesfield Town. [20] He left Solihull Moors by mutual consent on 28 January 2020. [21]

On 28 August 2020, Flowers was appointed as manager of then newly relegated Macclesfield Town, [22] but the club was wound-up on 16 September 2020, [23] before playing a competitive first team game.

Flowers was appointed manager at Barnet on 14 December 2020. [24] He left Barnet by mutual consent on 10 March 2021 after losing 11 of his 12 games in charge. [25] [26]

On 25 November 2021, Flowers was appointed manager at Stratford Town. [27]

On 19 May 2023, Flowers was announced as manager of National League North side Gloucester City. [28] On 17 September 2023, Flowers left Gloucester City by mutual agreement. [29]

Career statistics

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition [30] [31] [32] [33] [34]
ClubSeasonLeague FA Cup League Cup OtherTotal
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1984–85 Second Division 380204000440
1985–86 Third Division 25000102 [lower-alpha 1] 0280
Southampton (loan) 1985–86 First Division 00000000
Southampton 1986–87 First Division90000090
1987–88 First Division900020110
1988–89 First Division7000001 [lower-alpha 2] 080
1989–90 First Division3503070450
1990–91 First Division37050601 [lower-alpha 2] 0490
1991–92 First Division41070506 [lower-alpha 2] 0590
1992–93 Premier League 4201030460
1993–94 Premier League 1200020140
Swindon Town (loan) 1986–87 Third Division20000020
1987–88 Second Division50000050
Blackburn Rovers 1993–94 Premier League2904000330
1994–95 Premier League39020403 [lower-alpha 3] 0480
1995–96 Premier League37020307 [lower-alpha 4] 0490
1996–97 Premier League3602030410
1997–98 Premier League2503030310
1998–99 Premier League11010102 [lower-alpha 5] 0150
Leicester City 1999–2000 Premier League2902060370
2000–01 Premier League22000002 [lower-alpha 5] 0240
2001–02 Premier League40000040
2002–03 First Division10000010
Stockport County (loan) 2001–02 First Division40000040
Coventry City (loan) 2001–02 First Division50000050
Manchester City (loan) 2002–03 Premier League00000000
Career total50403405002406120
  1. Appearances in Associate Members' Cup
  2. 1 2 3 Appearances in Full Members' Cup
  3. Appearances in Charity Shield and UEFA Cup
  4. Appearances in Charity Shield and UEFA Champions League
  5. 1 2 Appearances in Europa League



Blackburn Rovers

Leicester City


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