Tim O'Shea (footballer)

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This article is about the former English football (soccer) player. For the Principal of the University of Edinburgh, see Timothy O'Shea. For the American basketball coach, see Tim O'Shea.
Tim O'Shea
Personal information
Full name Timothy James O'Shea
Date of birth (1966-11-12) 12 November 1966 (age 50)
Place of birth Pimlico, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1981–1983 Arsenal[1]
1983–1984 Tottenham Hotspur[1]
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1988 Tottenham Hotspur[2] 3 (0)
1986 Newport County (loan)[2] 10 (0)
1988–1989 Leyton Orient[3] 9 (1)
1989–1992 Gillingham[4] 112 (2)
1992 Brentford 0 (0)
1992 Hong Kong Rangers
1992–1995 Eastern AA
1995–1999 Instant-Dict
1999–2003 Farnborough Town 87 (1)
2003–2004 Welling United 32 (0)
National team
1987 Republic of Ireland U21[5] 2 (0)
Teams managed
2008 Grays Athletic
2008–2010 Croydon Athletic
2010–2011 Lewes
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:26, 25 September 2008 (UTC).

Timothy James "Tim" O'Shea (born 12 November 1966 in Pimlico)[1] is a former professional football player and manager.

He represented the Republic of Ireland at the 1985 FIFA World Youth Championship.[5]

His clubs included Tottenham Hotspur,[2] Leyton Orient[3] and Gillingham, where he made over 100 Football League appearances.[4]

While playing for Instant-Dict in the Hong Kong league, he played three matches for the Hong Kong League team in the Dynasty Cup. As the Hong Kong team consisted of top players in the local league, including foreigners such as O'Shea, it was not an official match of the Hong Kong FA.[6]

On 21 February 2008, Grays Athletic appointed O'Shea as a senior coach to assist Micky Woodward and Gary Phillips with fitness and tactics.[7] On 15 September 2008, he was appointed as manager after chairman Micky Woodward stepped down,[8] but held the post only until the arrival of Wayne Burnett as manager two weeks later.[9]

He moved from Grays to take the position at Croydon Athletic. Under O'Shea, the Rams were promoted to the Isthmian League Premier Division. O'Shea resigned from Croydon on 4 September 2010, after the team's owner Mazhar Majeed was alleged to have been involved in spot fixing in Pakistan cricket matches, resulting in HM Revenue and Customs officials investigating the club.[10][11] On 25 October 2010, O'Shea was appointed first-team manager of Lewes. He left at the end of the 2010–11 season after Lewes were relegated.[12]


  1. ^ a b c Triggs, Roger (2001). The Men Who Made Gillingham Football Club. Tempus Publishing Ltd. p. 240. ISBN 0-7524-2243-X. 
  2. ^ a b c Post War English & Scottish Football League A – Z Player's Database
  3. ^ a b Post War English & Scottish Football League A – Z Player's Database
  4. ^ a b Post War English & Scottish Football League A – Z Player's Database
  5. ^ a b http://www.fifa.com/worldfootball/statisticsandrecords/players/player=193012/index.html
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ "New Senior Coach". Grays Athletic F.C. 21 February 2008. Archived from the original on 7 August 2008. Retrieved 21 February 2008. 
  8. ^ "Clarification of Statement". Grays Athletic F.C. 15 September 2008. Archived from the original on 1 October 2011. Retrieved 15 September 2008. 
  9. ^ "Burnett with the Blues". Grays Athletic F.C. 23 September 2008. Archived from the original on 1 October 2011. Retrieved 26 September 2008. 
  10. ^ Cricket scandal leaves Croydon Athletic in a fix
  11. ^ Pakistan cricket team rocked by fresh fixing claims BBC News, 4 September 2010
  12. ^ [2]