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 56)[1]
Place of birth Penrith, Cumbria, England[1]
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1976–1980 Blackburn Rovers 13 (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)
1991 Shrewsbury Town (loan) 5 (0)
1992–1993 Darlington 40 (2)
Barrow
Total 463+ (22+)
Teams managed
1993 Darlington (caretaker manager)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Timothy John "Tim" Parkin (born 31 December 1957) is an English former footballer. A defender, he made 422 league appearances in a 14-year career in the Football League,[2] 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.

Playing career[edit]

Parkin passed through the ranks at Blackburn Rovers to earn a contract under manager Jim Smith in 1976. 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.

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.

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.

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 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]

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 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.

Post-retirement[edit]

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

Honours[edit]

with Malmö FF
with Swindon Town

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 225. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. 
  2. ^ Stats from Neil Brown stat site
  3. ^ a b c "Where are they now?". swindon-town-fc.co.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Tim Parkin". swindon-town-fc.co.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2012. 
  5. ^ O'Hagan, Simon (24 October 1993). "Simon O'Hagan sees a class struggle as the club in a no-win situation thwart upwardly mobile visitors". The Independent. Retrieved 7 April 2010.