Tilson Up For England Job
Former Southend United & Lincoln City boss Steve Tilson has thrown his hat into the ring for the vacant England Ladies’ job. Head coach Hope Powell was relieved of the post last week. Steve has a wealth of experience in the game. After 239 league appearances for Southend United (26 goals) the marauding midfielder moved to Canvey Island banging in 58 goals in 143 appearances in four seasons, before captaining the side to FA Trophy Final success against FGR at Villa Park in 2001. Southend then brought him back in a player coach role where he made 4 appearances before finally hanging up his boots and moving into management.
Tilson had phenominal success at Southend after taking over from Steve Wignall in November 2003. He took the club from League Two to the Championship in successive seasons two LDV Vans Finals and knocked Manchester United out of the League Cup at an ecstatic Roots Hall in 2006. Two relegations in three seasons saw Tilson placed on gardening leave in July 2010 after 7 years at the helm. His tenure at Lincoln City got us relegated – three times a charm – yet despite a reprieve he went last October after a nightmare start to the season. Tilson managed 14 wins, 10 draws and 27 defeats in 51 games with a 27.5% success rate.
The man who took Lincoln down moved into ladies football with C & K Basildon Ladies in 2012 after an unsuccessful year at Canvey Island following his Lincoln stint. Steve holds the UEFA “A” and Pro Licence. He started with 6 straight wins and his ladies went on to win the League in style with 10 points to spare. They completed the double by beating Colchester Utd 1-0 in the final. This season sees them pit his whits against the Ladies sides of Norwich City, MK Dons, Ipswich and Luton Town. With one game played in the Women’s South East Combination League the side have started with a 3-2 win over Luton Town.
For sure….Whether Steve gets the job or not he is certainly showing that his coaching skills are still capable of creating winning sides in either the ladies or men’s versions of the game.
|FULL NAME||Stephen Brian Tilson|
|DATE OF BIRTH||27 July 1966 (age 45)|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Wickford, England|
|HEIGHT||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|SENIOR PLAYING STATS|