Tim Bredbury

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Tim Bredbury
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Personal information
Full name Timothy Aston Bredbury
Date of birth (1963-04-25) 25 April 1963 (age 60)
Place of birth British Hong Kong
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Position(s) Striker
Team information
Current team
Kowloon Cricket Club (head coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1982 Liverpool Reserves 6 (1)
1982 Ryoden 4 (13)
1982–1984 Seiko 34 (15)
1985–1986 Rangers (HKG)
1986–1990 South China (61)
1990–1991 Lai Sun 29 (21)
1991–1992 Sydney Olympic 24 (15)
1992 Selangor 18 (11)
1993 Sabah 10 (3)
1993 South China 3 (1)
1993–1994 Voicelink 11 (6)
1994–1995 Sing Tao 24 (8)
1995–1996 Frankwell 14 (3)
1996–1999 Instant-Dict
International career
1986–1999 Hong Kong 34 (14)
Managerial career
2006 Rangers
2007 Tai Po
2007–2008 Rangers
2011–2012 Rangers
2012–2013 Sun Hei
2007–2013 Kitchee (academy coach)
2012–2013 Tai Chung
2016–2017 HKFC U18 Team & HKFC Vets Team
(HKFC Soccer 7's 2016/2017)
2017–2018 Kitchee (U14 Team)
2018–2019 Kitchee (assistant technical director)
2019– Kowloon Cricket Club
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Timothy Aston Bredbury (Chinese: 巴貝利) (born 25 April 1963) is a former Hong Kongese professional footballer. Bredbury is a UEFA/AFC A-licensed coach and is currently the head coach of Hong Kong Third Division club Kowloon Cricket Club.

Early life[edit]

Bredbury was born in Hong Kong to British parents from Liverpool. His father John moved to Hong Kong as a fireman working for the Hong Kong Government. He went to Glenealy School and King George V School. As a talented sportsman, he represented Hong Kong in rugby sevens at the 1979 Rosslyn Park World Schools Sevens, as well as in field hockey and swimming. He has three siblings who have also represented Hong Kong at field hockey and rugby.

Professional football career[edit]

Bredbury began his football career with Liverpool in 1979, signing as an apprentice professional. After two years, he was offered full professional terms on a one-year contract.[1]

Bredbury stayed at the Liverpool reserve team for three years, winning the Central League twice, the Liverpool Senior Cup and the Nice International Invitation Tournament in France.

At the end of his contract, Bredbury was then approached by Ryoden. He decided to take the offer and return to Hong Kong. He scored 13 goals in 4 games and was soon signed up with Hong Kong league giants Seiko, playing alongside the likes of Arie Haan, Theo de Jong, Dick Nanninga, René van de Kerkhof, Johnny Rep, Peter Bodak and Benny Wendt in a highly successful 2-year period winning the league twice.

Between 1982 and 1999, Bredbury played for various clubs in Hong Kong, such as Hong Kong Rangers, South China, Lai Sun, Frankwell, Sing Tao and Instant-Dict, as well as Australian club Sydney Olympic FC and Malaysian clubs Selangor FA and Sabah FA.[2][3]

Bredbury was the joint top goalscorer in Hong Kong on two separate occasions and finished tied (with Dale Tempest) in the Hong Kong First Division League with 21 goals during the 1990–1991 season with Lai Sun FC before leaving Hong Kong and signing for Sydney Olympic in Australia.

In his debut season Bredbury also finished as joint top scorer (with Kimon Taliadoros) in the National Soccer League with Sydney Olympic FC during the 1991–1992 season scoring 15 goals in 24 appearances.[citation needed]

Bredbury also had two successful seasons playing in Malaysia with giants Selangor FC and second division side Sabah FC. At Sabah, Bredbury helped the club reach the FA Cup Final, the first time a second division side had achieved this feat.

At club level, Bredbury played against top club sides from around the world, including Corinthians, Lucky Gold Star (now Seoul), Odense, Sampdoria, A.C. Milan, Everton, Aston Villa, Coventry, Sparta Prague, Brøndby and Chelsea.

In 1986, Bredbury was invited to join the Hong Kong national team and, in a career that spanned over 10 years, he played in the World Cup qualifying rounds, Olympics qualifying rounds and Asian Games in Yokohama, Japan. He played over 30 representative games scoring 14 goals.

Bredbury was also a regular member of the Hong Kong League XI side competing in the Carlsberg Cup and Dynasty Cup tournaments playing against such sides as Denmark, Paraguay (where he was "Man of the Match"), Yugoslavia, Japan, South Korea, Nigeria, Sweden, Romania, Switzerland, China.

In addition to his professional playing career, Bredbury is also a fully qualified English Football Association coach and gained his UEFA A Licence in December 2011 through the English Football Association. In 2016, he also received recognition through the AFC and now holds the equivalent license.

Bredbury is a member of the English Football Association Coaches Association and also a former member of the English Professional Footballers Association.

Post-playing career[edit]

Bredbury worked as a marketing manager, professional coach, sports journalist, event organiser and television presenter on ATV's World channel.

Professional coaching career[edit]

La Salle College[edit]

In 2005, Bredbury was appointed head coach of the schools A, B and C grade teams. In that season, La Salle were the overall School Champions in football.


In 2006–07 season, Bredbury secured his first professional head coaching position with Rangers FC in the HKFA 1st division.

Tai Po FC[edit]

In 2007–08 season, Bredbury was appointed head coach of Tai Po in the Hong Kong First Division.

Second stint at Rangers[edit]

In 2007–08 season, Bredbury rejoined Rangers FC in the Hong Kong First Division. After his second stint with Rangers, Bredbury joined the highly successful Kitchee/FC Barcelona Escola program.

Third stint at Rangers[edit]

In 2011–12 season, Rangers announced that Bredbury would become head coach.[4] During his third stint, Biu Chun Rangers also won the HKFA Reserve League.

Sun Hei[edit]

In 2012/13 season, Sun Hei SC announced that Bredbury would take over as first team coach in preparation for the 2012–13 season and the AFC Cup Competition.

Tai Chung[edit]

In 2012/13 season Bredbury joined Tai Chung FC, a feeder club for Kitchee in the Hong Kong Second Division.


In 2016, Bredbury became head coach for the U18 HKFC Academy team playing in the HKFA Youth Leagues. Bredbury also coached the Hong Kong Football Club side in the 2016 Citibank International Soccer 7's Masters Tournament.


In 2017, Bredbury became head coach for the U14 Kitchee Football Club Academy team playing in the HKFA Youth Leagues. During his management Kitchee U14 won the HKFA U14 First Division.

Discovery Bay Masters FC[edit]

In 2018, Bredbury became head coach for the Discovery Bay FC Masters (DBFC) team playing in the HKFC International Soccer Sevens. DBFC won the Masters tournament without conceding a goal in the tournament. In 2019, DBFC Masters also reached the final of the HKFC International Soccer Sevens Plate tournament.

Kowloon Cricket Club[edit]

In 2019, Bredbury became head coach for the Kowloon Cricket Club Dragons team playing in the Yau Yee League 1st Division.



  1. ^ Shaw, Phil (22 October 2009). "Yeung must keep Super Promise International". ESPN Soccernet.
  2. ^ "Bredbury almost sure of Sabah". New Straits Times. 9 January 1993.
  3. ^ "Thailand International Soccer 7s - Football Sevens Tournaments - Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket - Thailand".
  4. ^ (in Chinese) 李輝立淡出流浪 巴貝利陳鴻平掌帥印 Wen Wei Po. 1 August 2011.

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