Tim Lees

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Tim Lees
Personal information
Full name Timothy Martin Lees
Date of birth (1986-01-24) 24 January 1986 (age 31)
Place of birth Billinge, Merseyside, England
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1996–1999 Everton
1999–2000 Bolton Wanderers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004– Atherton Collieries[1]
2006 Stalybridge Celtic 29 (8)
–2007 Leek Town 12 (2)
2008–2009 Wingate & Finchley 41 (9)
2009– AFC Hayes 27 (6)
Teams managed
2009–2010 Watford (Youth Coach)
2010–2014 Wigan Athletic (Youth Coach)
2014– Liverpool (coach)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:51, 18 August 2014 (UTC).

Timothy Martin Lees (born 24 January 1986) is an English football player, football coach and football skills performer.

Football skills performer[edit]

Tim Lees finished second in the 2004 World Nike Freestyle Competition receiving 54,000 votes losing out convincingly to the Brazilian champion in Rio de Janeiro. He later appeared in the Channel 4 2006 TV series The Pepsi Max World Challenge, chosen from a pool of 17,000 UK entrants.[2] The series had a $100,000 prize for the winning team involving David Beckham, Ronaldinho, Thierry Henry and Alessandro Nesta. Lees has performed and choreographed several football commercials and advertisements.

Club career[edit]

Lees was released from Everton and Bolton Wanderers academies failing to make the grade as a youth player.[2] His recorded semi professional clubs include Stalybridge Celtic,[3] Leek Town, Maryland (USA),[4][5] Wingate & Finchley, AFC Hayes, Harlow Town [6] and Radcliffe Borough.[7]

Other career[edit]

Lees was chosen to represent England semi professional side at the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany, managed by Jamie Redknapp.[2][8] He was refused a work permit by Portuguese Vitoria Setubal after being recommended by ex-Portugal Internationals Dimas and Sao Pinto.

Coaching career[edit]

Lees worked at Watford[2] and Wigan Athletic's academies – the latter where we was, until August 2014, Youth Development Manager overseeing the coaching programmes and philosophy under Roberto Martinez.[2] In August 2014 he announced on his personal Twitter feed he would be leaving Wigan and was joining Liverpool as part of their Academy revamp.[9]

He is Academy Director of Soccer School UK, based in Warrington.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Lees has a BSc Hons in Sports Psychology at London Metropolitan University.


  1. ^ http://www.rammyunited.co.uk/stats/matchdetails.php?id=200
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Meet Tim Lees". International Football Development Academy. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Tim Lees profile". Stalybridge Celtic. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "College soccer star's USA goal". Wigan Today. 7 May 2008. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "one last kick for soccer ace tim". Wigan Today. 1 June 2007. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "New faces set to join Hawks". Harlow Herald. 2 July 2009. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "Club snippets". Radcliffe Borough. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "Tim's on top of the world". Wigan Today. 8 June 2006. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  9. ^ https://twitter.com/timlees10/status/501116113103900672