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|Full name||Timothy David Flowers|
|Date of birth||3 February 1967|
|Place of birth||Kenilworth, Warwickshire, England|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|1987||→ Swindon Town (loan)||7||(0)|
|2001||→ Stockport County (loan)||4||(0)|
|2002||→ Coventry City (loan)||5||(0)|
|2002||→ Manchester City (loan)||0||(0)|
|2011||Northampton Town (caretaker)|
|2013||Northampton Town (caretaker)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Timothy David "Tim" Flowers (born 3 February 1967) is an English former professional footballer.
As a player he was a goalkeeper from 1984 until 2003. He was notably part of the Blackburn Rovers side that won the Premier League in 1995 and earnt 11 caps for England. He also played for Wolverhampton Wanderers, Southampton, Swindon Town, Leicester City, Stockport County, Coventry City and Manchester City.
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.
He joined First Division club Southampton for £70,000 in June 1986. 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. 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. 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.
He finally left Southampton on 4 November 1993 when a £2.4million move to Blackburn Rovers made him the most expensive goalkeeper in Britain. His excellent goalkeeping wasn't 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.
He was transferred to Leicester City, where he collected a Football League Cup winner's medal in his first season. He stayed with them 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. 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. It seemed harsh on Flowers, as Leicester were already promoted to the Premiership, and he could have ended his career with his only goal.
Coaching and management
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.
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.
- Blackburn Rovers
- Leicester City
- Tournoi de France 1997: winner
- Umbro Cup 1995: runner-up
- 1998 King Hassan II International Cup Tournament: runner-up
- 1998 FIFA World Cup: England Squad FIFA. Retrieved 22 January 2010.
- "Cobblers appoint Flowers as coach". Northampton Town Mad. 16 February 2010. Retrieved 18 March 2010.
- "Flowers Takes Role". Kidderminster Harriers F.C. 8 February 2010. Retrieved 18 March 2010.
- "Iain Dowie confirmed as new Hull City manager". BBC Sport. BBC. 17 March 2010. Retrieved 18 March 2010.
- "Tim Flowers appointed Stafford Rangers boss". BBC Sport. BBC. 14 October 2010. Retrieved 14 October 2010.
- "Tim Flowers quits as Stafford Rangers manager". BBC Sport (BBC). 14 January 2011. Retrieved 14 January 2011.
- "Nottingham Forest: Tim Flowers & John Marshall join backroom team". BBC Sport (BBC). 1 July 2014. Retrieved 1 July 2014.
- Tim Flowers career stats at Soccerbase
- Englandstats.com profile
- Profile on "Sporting Heroes" website