Tim Parkin

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Tim Parkin
Personal information
Full name Timothy John Parkin [1]
Date of birth (1957-12-31) 31 December 1957 (age 66) [1]
Place of birth Penrith, Cumberland, England [1]
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) [2]
Position(s) Defender
Youth career
1974–1976 Blackburn Rovers
Senior career*
1976–1980 Blackburn Rovers 13 (0)
1977Fort Lauderdale Strikers (loan) 4 (0)
1980–1981 Malmö FF 41 (1)
1981 Almondsbury Greenway 0 (0)
1981–1986 Bristol Rovers 206 (12)
1986–1989 Swindon Town 110 (6)
1989–1992 Port Vale 48 (1)
1991Shrewsbury Town (loan) 5 (0)
1992–1993 Darlington 40 (2)
1993–1994 Barrow
Managerial career
1993 Darlington (caretaker)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Timothy John Parkin (born 31 December 1957) is an English former footballer. A defender, he made 422 league appearances in a 14-year career in the English Football League, and also spent two years playing in Sweden.


He began his career at Blackburn Rovers in 1976, before moving to Swedish club Malmö FF in January 1980. He featured in the final of the Intercontinental Cup, won the Svenska Cupen in 1980, and helped the club to a second-place finish in the Allsvenskan. He returned to England to sign with Bristol Rovers via Almondsbury Greenway in August 1981. Five years later he moved on to Swindon Town for a £27,500 fee, and helped the club to win promotion out of the Third Division via the play-offs in 1987. He was purchased by Port Vale for £60,000 in December 1989, who loaned him out to Shrewsbury Town in October 1991. He joined Darlington on a free transfer in May 1992, and served as the club's co-caretaker manager in October 1993. He signed with non-League side Barrow the next month, before retiring due to injury. He later became a police officer.


Blackburn Rovers

Parkin passed a two-year apprenticeship to win a professional contract at Blackburn Rovers to earn a contract under manager Jim Smith in March 1976. [2] He made his competitive debut at Bristol Rovers on 8 March 1976. [2] Rovers finished 12th in the Second Division in 1976–77, before rising up to fifth place in 1977–78. The club suffered relegation under new boss John Pickering in 1978–79, before Howard Kendall took charge in his first job in management. In his three years at Ewood Park, Parkin made 13 league appearances, all but one of which were as a stand-in for the injured Glenn Keeley towards the end of the 1978–79 season. [2]

Malmö FF

In January 1980 he joined Swedish side Malmö FF, who were then managed by Englishman Bob Houghton. He played the second leg of the 1979 Intercontinental Cup final (played in March 1980), which ended in defeat to Paraguayan club Club Olimpia. He also featured in the 1980 Svenska Cupen final, which ended in a penalty shoot-out victory over IK Brage at the Råsunda Stadium. The "Blues" also finished second in the league in 1980, two points behind Östers IF.

Bristol Rovers

Parkin left Malmö Stadion and returned to England in August 1981 with Bristol Rovers, though had to spend a day as an Almondsbury Greenway player to get around rules governing Swedish transfers. [3] The "Pirates" finished 15th in the Third Division in 1981–82 under the stewardship of manager Bobby Gould. The "Gas" rose to seventh in 1982–83, before David Williams was put in charge. He led the club to fifth and sixth places finishes in 1983–84 and 1984–85. Bobby Gould was then re-appointed as manager, but could only lead Rovers to a 16th-place finish in 1985–86. In five years at Eastville Stadium, Parkin played 206 league games and was named as the club's Player of the Year for 1985 and 1986.

Swindon Town

He transferred to Swindon Town for a £27,500 fee in July 1986. [4] He formed a consistent centre-back partnership with Colin Calderwood, and played 48 games in 1986–87. [4] The "Robins" won promotion out of the Third Division after beating Gillingham 2–0 at Selhurst Park in the play-off final. He was voted Player of the Season after he scored four goals in 54 games in 1987–88, as Lou Macari's side secured a comfortable mid-table position. [4] He featured 36 times in 1988–89, as Swindon reached the play-offs, where they were beaten by Crystal Palace. [4] Osvaldo Ardiles then took charge at County Ground, who preferred to play Jon Gittens instead of Parkin. [4]

Port Vale

He was signed by Port Vale for £60,000 in December 1989. [1] Manager John Rudge used him only 12 times in the Second Division in 1989–90. [1] He became a regular in the first-team from October 1990, and played 32 times in 1990–91. [1] However, he lost his place in August 1991 and was loaned out to Shrewsbury Town the next month, featuring in five Third Division games for John Bond's "Shrews" at the Gay Meadow. He returned to Vale Park the next month only to be handed a free transfer in May 1992, having played just eight games for the "Valiants" in the 1991–92 relegation campaign. [1]


He moved onto Darlington, where he was made player-coach. The "Quakers" finished 15th in the Third Division in 1992–93. Parkin took caretaker control of the team in October 1993 (with Gerry Forrest) when Billy McEwan was dismissed; Forrest and Parkin took charge of the first-team for four matches before Alan Murray took over permanently. [5] Murray could only take the club to one place above the bottom of the English Football League in 1993–94. Parkin departed Feethams and moved on to Barrow of the Northern Premier League in November 1993, where he was made player-assistant manager, before retiring as a player following a broken leg.


After retiring, Parkin was appointed football in the community officer at Middlesbrough. [3] He then joined the Cumbria Constabulary in September 1994. [3]

Career statistics

Source: [6] [7]

ClubSeasonDivisionLeagueFA CupOtherTotal
Blackburn Rovers 1976–77 Second Division 10000010
1977–78 Second Division00000000
1978–79 Second Division1200000120
Fort Lauderdale Strikers (loan) 1977 [8] NASL 4040
Bristol Rovers 1981–82 Third Division 4020031433
1982–83 Third Division4133041484
1983–84 Third Division3923060482
1984–85 Third Division4333060523
1985–86 Third Division4324060532
Swindon Town 1986–87 Third Division32230130482
1987–88 Third Division40230112544
1988–89 Third Division3210040361
1989–90 Third Division61000061
Port Vale 1989–90 Second Division1210000121
1990–91 Second Division2902010320
1991–92 Second Division70001080
Shrewsbury Town (loan) 1991–92 Third Division50002070
Darlington 1992–93 Third Division4021030442
Career total4262122060450825



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