Michael Timlin

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Michael Timlin
Michael Timlin 22-02-2014 1.jpg
Timlin playing for Southend United in 2014
Personal information
Full name Michael Anthony Timlin[1]
Date of birth (1985-03-19) 19 March 1985 (age 32)[1]
Place of birth Lambeth, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Southend United
Number 8
Youth career
0000–2002 Fulham
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2008 Fulham 0 (0)
2006 Scunthorpe United (loan) 1 (0)
2006 Doncaster Rovers (loan) 3 (0)
2006–2007 Swindon Town (loan) 24 (1)
2008 Swindon Town (loan) 10 (1)
2008–2012 Swindon Town 86 (4)
2010 Southend United (loan) 8 (1)
2011 Southend United (loan) 16 (3)
2012– Southend United 164 (9)
National team
2002 Republic of Ireland U17 2 (1)
2006 Republic of Ireland U21 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:32, 12 May 2017 (UTC).

Michael Anthony Timlin (born 19 March 1985) is an English-born Irish professional footballer who plays for Southend United. A midfielder, he has made 262 appearances in the Football League, including 138 for Southend United.

Born in Lambeth, England, Timlin graduated through the Fulham Academy but failed to make his senior debut there. During this time he spent time on loan at Scunthorpe United, Doncaster Rovers and Swindon Town before joining Swindon permanently in 2008. In 2010, he moved to Southend United on loan, reuniting him with former Southend manager Paul Sturrock again having previously played under him at Swindon. In January 2012, Timlin made a permanent transfer to Southend United, after his second loan spell with them had ended. He helped the club to secure promotion out of League Two in 2014–15.

Timlin has played internationally for the Republic of Ireland eight times at under-21 level.

Club career[edit]


Timlin joined the Fulham Academy at a young age and has since spent loan spells at Scunthorpe United and Doncaster Rovers,[2] first-team opportunities being limited at Fulham. Since making his debut in a League Cup match against Boston United in 2004,[3] he has only played a few competitive games (four in total).

That debut season was otherwise one of frustration, as injuries to the back and metatarsal ruled the Irishman out for long period. Having initially played as a winger while at the Fulham Academy, he has now matured into central midfield, and captained the Ireland U-21s to victory in the 2006 Madeira Cup.[4]

Swindon Town[edit]

In November 2006, he joined League Two promotion chasers Swindon Town.[5] He made his debut for Swindon against Bury on 25 November. He scored his first goal for Swindon at home to Notts County, which earned them a point. Timlin's performances saw Paul Sturrock attempt to extend the loan deal. Chris Coleman agreed to the extension on the terms that Timlin extended his full contract with Fulham.[6][7]

On 13 March 2008, Timlin rejoined Swindon on loan for the remainder of the season, making 10 appearances.[8] On 3 May, hours after the conclusion of the 2007–08 League One season, it was announced that he had joined Swindon on a permanent two-year deal. He officially joined his new club on 1 July 2008.[9][10] Ahead of the 2008–09 season, Timlin was given number 4 shirt.[11]

Timlin began the 2008/2009 season in his preferred central midfield role. However, Maurice Malpas took Timlin out for the visit of Leeds United, and on his return to the squad a week later, he appeared on the left side of midfield. Towards the end of October, when Malpas' defensive-minded approach hadn't appeared to work, Timlin was moved to yet another new position on the left side of the defence to fill the gap of injured Jamie Vincent. Adapting well, Timlin also stood in as captain in the absence of Hasney Aljofree.[12] Maurice Malpas was sacked in November, and Timlin moved back to central midfield under caretaker manager David Byrne.[13]

As Danny Wilson took charge, Timlin was playing at left side of defence again, but after Wilson"s first game in charge, Timlin was moved to the left side of midfield and then back to central midfield. Timlin was ever-present in the middle of midfield for the remainder of the season, only missing two games through suspension.[14] The 2009–10 season was frustrating for Timlin, as he spent most of the season on the bench, which during the time, the club was making their attempt to the Championship losing out to Millwall in the Playoff Final at Wembley.Despite lack of first opportunities, Timlin signed a new one-year deal after being offered a new contract.[15][16]

At the start of the 2010–11 season, Timlin appeared on the bench for numbers of game before joining Southend United on loan. Upon his return from a loan spell with Southend United, Timlin made his return, where he made his first appearance since September, where Swindon Town played Brentford in the quarter final of Southern Section.

He signed a new two-year contract extension with Swindon on 23 June 2011.[17] Timlin revealed he never considered leaving the Robins despite recurring interests from Southend United.[18] Ahead of the 2011–12 season, Timlin praised newly manager Paolo Di Canio for his influence.[19]

Southend United[edit]

On 15 September 2010, Timlin joined League Two side Southend United on a one-month loan.[20] After making his debut, Timlin scored his first goal from a 30-yard free-kick, in a 3–1 win over Hereford United on 25 September 2010.[21] Timlin make an impressive performance for Southend United that he's keen to extend his loan with Southend United beyond, as well as the club agreeing with him.[22][23] However, the club changed their mind by recalling him back to Swindon Town.[24]

On 31 August 2011, Timlin rejoined Southend United on loan for a 4-month spell for the second time.[25] His last match on loan to Southend United was on Monday 2 January 2012 against Dagenham and Redbridge.[26] In the evening of Thursday 5 January, three days after his loan spell came to an end, it was confirmed that he would be moving to Southend for an 'undisclosed fee'[27]

On 5 February 2013, in a match against Leyton Orient, Timlin suffered a broken leg and was out of action for 8–9 months. He then missed the second leg of that game, the JPT Area Final, and the subsequent Wembley final.[28] It was hoped that he would be back for the start of the next season 2013–14. Despite the injury, Timlin was offered a new contract and signed a two-year contract.[29][30] He made his return after appearing on the bench for three match, where he came on as a substitute in the 83rd minute, in a 2–1 loss against Chesterfield on 24 August 2013.[31] At the end of the 2014–15 season he played for Southend in the League Two play-off final against Wycombe Wanderers. Southend won in a penalty shoot-out and were promoted to League One.

On 2 July 2015 Timlin signed a new 2-year contract at Southend.

Personal life[edit]

On 5 June 2013, Timlin was sentenced to an 84-day prison sentence for perverting the course of justice in regards to traffic offences, although he was told he would only serve half. He was also given an £80 fine and four points on his driving license. On 17 July, Timlin was released from prison having served his 42 days. He linked up with the Southend squad to continue his rehabilitation on his broken leg and opened talks with manager Phil Brown about a new contract[32]


Southend United


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  2. ^ "Timlin joins Donny". Fulham Official Website. 24 March 2006. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Boston 1-4 Fulham". BBC. 22 September 2004. Retrieved 30 October 2015. 
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  5. ^ "Timlin joins Swindon". Fulham Official Website. 25 November 2006. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
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  7. ^ "Timlin's Loan Extended". Fulham Official Website. 5 January 2007. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "Timlin loaned". Fulham Official Website. 13 March 2008. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  9. ^ "Deal us in part one – Timlin". Swindon Advertiser. 5 May 2008. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  10. ^ "BREAKING NEWS: Duo sign on at Town". Swindon Advertiser. 3 May 2008. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  11. ^ "Town's squad numbers announced". Swindon Advertiser. 30 June 2008. Archived from the original on 14 April 2014. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
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  13. ^ "Left back role nothing new for Timlin". Swindon Advertiser. 24 October 2008. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  14. ^ "Timlin to miss key Swindon games". BBC Sport. 15 April 2009. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  15. ^ "Swindon Release duo". Sky Sports. 1 June 2010. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  16. ^ "Mixed News For Robins". Sky Sports. 2 July 2010. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  17. ^ "Timlin set for new Robins deal". Sky Sports. 22 June 2011. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  18. ^ "Michael Timlin never considered Swindon Town exit". BBC Sport. 23 June 2011. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  19. ^ "Timlin hails Di Canio influence". Sky Sports. 21 July 2011. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  20. ^ "Swindon's Michael Timlin makes Southend loan move". BBC Sport. 15 September 2010. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  21. ^ "Match Report: Hereford United 1 – 3 Southend United". BBC Sport. 25 September 2010. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  22. ^ "Timlin eyes Southend stay". Sky Sports. 14 October 2010. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  23. ^ "Robins want Timlin to stay". Sky Sports. 18 October 2010. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  24. ^ "Timlin goes back to Robins". Sky Sports. 3 November 2010. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  25. ^ "TIMLIN MAKES LOAN MOVE". Southend United Official Website. 31 August 2011. Archived from the original on 3 June 2012. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  26. ^ "Southend 1–1 Dag and Red". BBC News. 
  27. ^ "Southend sign Martin and Timlin". BBC News. 
  28. ^ "Major Timlin blow for Southend". Sky Sports. 7 February 2013. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  29. ^ "Brown hopes to keep quartet". Sky Sports. 29 July 2013. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  30. ^ "Timlin extends Southend stay". Sky Sports. 29 July 2013. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  31. ^ "BBC Match Report: Chesterfield 2–1 Southend". BBC Sport. 24 August 2013. Retrieved 16 April 2014. 
  32. ^ "Timlin back in training with Blues". Southend United Official Website. 17 July 2013. Archived from the original on 16 April 2014. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 

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