Tim Sills

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Tim Sills
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Personal information
Full name Timothy Sills
Date of birth (1979-09-10) 10 September 1979 (age 37)
Place of birth Romsey, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Blackfield & Langley
Youth career
1996–1997 Millwall
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1999 Camberley Town 47 (29)
1999–2002 Basingstoke Town 104 (33)
2000 Staines Town (loan) 5 (8)
2002 Kingstonian (loan) 16 (5)
2002–2003 Kingstonian 41 (21)
2003–2006 Aldershot Town 96 (43)
2006 Oxford United 13 (1)
2006–2007 Hereford United 36 (2)
2007–2010 Torquay United 107 (34)
2010–2011 Stevenage 18 (0)
2010 Rushden & Diamonds (loan) 11 (1)
2011 Aldershot Town 19 (2)
2011–2013 Basingstoke Town 77 (24)
2013 Bashley 10 (4)
2013–2014 Gosport Borough 19 (1)
2014–2016 Weymouth 51 (8)
2016– Blackfield & Langley
National team
2003 England C 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 03:30, 7 October 2016 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 04:41, 15 January 2010 (UTC)

Timothy "Tim" Sills (born 10 September 1979) is an English footballer who plays as a striker for Blackfield & Langley.[2]

Sills was a product of Millwall's youth system and was a regular in the club's youth team up until he left in 1997. He then joined part-time outfit Camberley Town, spending a year and a half at the club, before moving to Basingstoke Town towards the end of the 1998–99 season. Sills spent three seasons with Basingstoke, playing over 100 games for the club. During his time at the club, he was loaned out twice; to Staines Town and Kingstonian respectively – joining the latter permanently ahead of the club's 2002–03 campaign. After a successful first season at Kingstonian, he joined Aldershot Town in order to ply his trade in the highest tier of non-league football. He spent two and a half years with the Hampshire club, scoring regularly, before signing for Football League side Oxford United in January 2006 for £50,000. He struggled for first-team appearances, as well as goals, and was released at the end of the season.

Sills subsequently joined Hereford United in June 2006 and spent one season at the club before being released. At the start of the 2007–08 season he signed for Torquay United, and scored in the game that earned Torquay promotion to the Football League a year later. He struggled for games during the 2009–10 season as manager Paul Buckle went about reshaping his squad mid-season and Sills was deemed surplus to requirements at Plainmoor. He signed for Hertfordshire side Stevenage in January 2010 for an undisclosed fee, playing an important part in the club's end of season run, as Stevenage won promotion to the Football League for the first time in the club's history.

Club career[edit]

Sills began his career as a trainee at Millwall and, after he left, opted to combine university studies with non-League football. He began at Camberley Town and moved to Basingstoke Town towards the end of the 1998–99 season. He also had loan spells at Staines Town and Kingstonian before signing for the K's for the 2002–03 season. One season later he made the step up to Conference football with Aldershot Town.[3]

In two and a half seasons with the Shots, Sills scored 46 goals from 112 appearances. In his first season, he helped them to the Conference play-off final, although he was left out of the starting XI for the final itself. He continued to work as an event team coordinator until July 2004. It was then he began to play football full-time.[4] He signed for League Two club Oxford United in January 2006 for £50,000.[5] He scored only one goal from 13 league appearances for Oxford.

Sills was released at the end of the season and looked set to join Conference side Exeter City,[6] but signed a two-year deal with Hereford United in June 2006. He scored four times on his debut, a 10–0 friendly win against Ludlow Town,[7] and started the first 13 matches of the season but only managed to score once, against Hartlepool. His only other goal of the season came away at Notts County in December, and the season progressed into a frustrating one for Sills. A controversial sending off against Swindon Town,[8] only minutes after coming on as a substitute, did not do him any favours.

At the end of the season he was linked with several other clubs, including former club Aldershot, and on 28 June 2007 he signed for Torquay United.[9] He was the club's top scorer in the 2007–08 season scoring 20 goals in 48 league and Cup appearances. In May 2009, Sills scored the second goal against Cambridge United in the Conference National play-off final to send Torquay United back into the Football League. Sills scored a total of 47 goals in two-and-a-half-years at Plainmoor, and was the first Gulls player for 44 years to score 20 goals in two successive seasons.[10]

In January 2010, Sills signed for Stevenage on an 18–month contract.[11][12] He made his debut for the Hertfordshire side in a 2–0 win against Kettering Town, coming on as a substitute and setting up the first goal.[13] A week later, in his first start for the club, Sills scored his first goal for Stevenage in a 4–1 victory over Dover Athletic in the FA Trophy.[14] It was to be Sills' only goal of the season, as the striker featured a total of 19 times.[15] Ahead of the 2010–11 season, Sills scored the only goal of the game in the club's 1–0 win against Yeovil Town in a "behind closed doors" match.[16] He made his first appearance of the 2010–11 league campaign in September 2010, starting the match in Stevenage's 1–0 loss at Cheltenham Town.[17]

In September 2010, Sills joined Rushden & Diamonds on a three-month loan deal.[18]

In January 2011, Sills signed with Aldershot Town until the end of the season following his release from Stevenage.[19][20] Tim rejoined Basingstoke in the summer of 2011 from Aldershot Town, having originally played for 'Stoke between March 1999 and March 2002, arriving from Camberley Town along with brother Julian. He scored 44 goals in his first spell in the blue and yellow. He went on to appear for Kingstonian, Aldershot Town (twice), Oxford United, Hereford United, Torquay United, Stevenage and Rushden & Diamonds.

On July 27, 2013, it was announced that Sills has agreed to sign for Southern League Premier Division side Bashley.[21][22]

On 17 October 2013, Sills left Bashley for Conference South side Gosport Borough.[23] Nine days later, he made his debut for Gosport in a 2-1 win over Chelmsford City, scoring one goal.[24]

International career[edit]

Sills was called up to play for the England C team, who represent England at non-league level, in a game against the Belgium U23 squad in Ostend in February 2003.[25]

Personal life[edit]

Before becoming a full-time footballer, Sills graduated at Portsmouth University, earning a degree in Sports science, whilst he was also playing part-time football with Basingstoke Town.[26][27] And, even after graduating, Sills continued to lead his 'double life', playing football for Kingstonian while he was working as a Sports Council development officer. At the age of 24, Sills became a full-time professional footballer, giving up his job as a marketing executive.[27][28] In February 2009, Sills appeared as a contestant on the game show Wogan's Perfect Recall, finishing as runner-up.[26]

Honours[edit]

Stevenage

Career statistics[edit]

As of 2 June 2015.
Club Season League[A] FA Cup League Cup Other[B] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Camberley Town 1997–98 19 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 21 7
1998–99 28 22 5 2 0 0 0 0 33 24
Total 47 29 7 2 0 0 0 0 54 31
Basingstoke Town 1998–99[29] 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 2
1999–00[29] 37 12 1 0 0 0 2 1 40 13
2000–01[29] 38 14 1 0 0 0 3 1 42 15
2001–02[29] 23 5 2 0 0 0 2 2 27 7
Total 104 33 4 0 0 0 7 4 115 37
Staines Town (loan) 2000–01 5 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 8
Total 5 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 8
Kingstonian (loan) 2001–02[30] 16 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 5
Total 16 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 5
Kingstonian 2002–03[31] 41 20 2 1 0 0 3 1 46 22
Total 41 20 2 1 0 0 3 1 46 22
Aldershot Town 2003–04[32] 38 18 3 1 0 0 5 1 46 20
2004–05[33] 37 15 2 1 0 0 3 0 42 16
2005–06[34] 21 10 1 0 0 0 1 0 23 10
Total 96 43 6 2 0 0 9 1 111 46
Oxford United 2005–06[35] 13 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 1
Total 13 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 1
Hereford United 2006–07[36] 36 2 4 0 2 0 1 0 43 2
Total 36 2 4 0 2 0 1 0 43 2
Torquay United 2007–08[37] 44 19 2 0 0 0 5 2 51 21
2008–09[38] 45 13 5 4 0 0 4 1 54 18
2009–10[39] 18 2 3 0 1 1 2 1 24 4
Total 107 34 10 4 1 1 11 4 129 43
Stevenage 2009–10[40] 17 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 19 1
2010–11[41] 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
Total 18 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 21 1
Rushden & Diamonds (loan) 2010–11[42] 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 1
Total 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 1
Aldershot Town 2010–11 19 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 2
Total 19 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 2
Basingstoke Town 2011–12[43] 41 12 5 1 0 0 3 0 49 13
2012–13[44] 37 11 2 1 0 0 1 0 39 12
Total 78 23 7 2 0 0 4 0 88 26
Bashley 2013–14 10 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 3
Total 10 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 3
Gosport Borough 2013–14[45] 19 1 0 0 0 0 7 4 26 5
Total 19 1 0 0 0 0 7 4 26 5
Career totals 620 205 40 11 3 1 45 15 707 233

Footnotes[edit]

A. ^ The "League" column constitutes appearances and goals (including those as a substitute) in the Football League, Football Conference, and Isthmian League.
B. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals (including those as a substitute) in the FA Trophy, Football League Trophy, Hampshire Senior Cup and play-offs.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tim Sills profile". ESPN Soccernet. 2010-01-15. Retrieved 2010-01-15. 
  2. ^ http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/sport/14567818.Blackfield_swoop_for_former_Football_League_striker/?ref=rss
  3. ^ "Aldershot snap up Sills". BBC Sport. 2 July 2004. Retrieved 2008-12-02. 
  4. ^ "Sills to decide on future". BBC Sport. 29 May 2003. Retrieved 2008-12-02. 
  5. ^ "Oxford Utd snap up striker Sills". BBC Sport. 27 January 2006. Retrieved 2008-12-02. 
  6. ^ "Sills set for Grecians switch". BBC Sport. 6 June 2006. Retrieved 2008-12-02. 
  7. ^ "Sills stars as Bulls beat Ludlow". BBC Sport. 12 July 2006. Retrieved 2008-12-02. 
  8. ^ "Hereford 0-0 Swindon". BBC Sport. 7 April 2007. Retrieved 2008-12-02. 
  9. ^ "Torquay capture Hereford's Sills". BBC Sport. 28 June 2007. Retrieved 2008-12-02. 
  10. ^ "'Goal-den moments' we will all remember". This Is South Devon. 2010-01-21. Retrieved 2010-01-29. 
  11. ^ "Sills Deal Completed". Stevenage F.C. 15 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-15. [dead link]
  12. ^ "Stevenage sign striker Tim Sills from Torquay United". BBC Sport. 2010-01-15. Retrieved 2010-09-16. 
  13. ^ "Stevenage Borough 2-0 Kettering Town". Stevenage F.C. 2010-01-23. Retrieved 2010-01-23. [dead link]
  14. ^ "Stevenage Borough 4-1 Dover Athletic". Stevenage F.C. 2010-01-30. Retrieved 2010-01-30. [dead link]
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  16. ^ "Glovers slip to friendly loss". Yeovil Town F.C. 2010-07-13. Retrieved 2010-09-16. 
  17. ^ "Cheltenham 1-0 Stevenage". BBC Sport. 2010-09-11. Retrieved 2010-09-16. 
  18. ^ "Sills out on loan". Stevenage F.C. 2010-09-24. Retrieved 2010-09-24. 
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  20. ^ "Former Stevenage striker Tim Sills signs for Aldershot". BBC. 2011-01-17. Retrieved 2011-01-17. 
  21. ^ Tim Sills completes his signing for Bashley FC
  22. ^ Bashley agree deal for striker Tim Sills
  23. ^ Sills arrives at Privett Park
  24. ^ Sills nets on debut as ten men beat City
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  26. ^ a b "Mike Walters Meets Torquay star Tim Sills". The Mirror. 2009-05-12. Retrieved 2010-01-26. 
  27. ^ a b "Success by degrees for the serious soccer star". This Is South Devon. 2008-08-19. Retrieved 2010-01-26. 
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  31. ^ "Appearances for Tim Sills 2002/03". Soccerfactsuk. Retrieved 2010-09-16. 
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  33. ^ "Aldershot Town 2004/2005 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2010-09-16. 
  34. ^ "Aldershot Town 2005/2006 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2010-09-16. 
  35. ^ "Oxford Utd 2005/2006 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2010-09-16. 
  36. ^ "Hereford 2006/2007 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2010-09-16. 
  37. ^ "Torquay United 2007/2008 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2010-09-16. 
  38. ^ "Torquay United 2008/2009 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2010-09-16. 
  39. ^ "Torquay United 2009/2010 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2010-09-16. 
  40. ^ "Stevenage Borough 2009/2010 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2009-08-17. 
  41. ^ "Stevenage 2010/2011 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2010-09-16. 
  42. ^ "Rushden 2010/2011 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2010-09-24. 
  43. ^ "Basingstoke Town – Player Stats – 2011–12". Basingstoke Town F.C. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  44. ^ "Basingstoke Town – Player Stats – 2012–13". Basingstoke Town F.C. Retrieved 2013-07-30. 
  45. ^ "Gosport Borough - Player Stats - 2013-14". Gosport Borough F.C. Retrieved 2013-10-27. 

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