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Steve Tilson
Steve Tilson Meet the blues day 2009.jpg
Personal information
Full name Stephen Brian Tilson
Date of birth 27 July 1966 (1966-07-27) (age 43)
Place of birth    Wickford, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Midfielder/striker
Club information
Current club Southend United (manager)
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Witham Town
Southend United
Brentford (loan)
Canvey Island
Southend United

239 (26)
002 0(0)
143 (58)
004 0(0)   
Teams managed
2003–present Southend United

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Stephen Brian "Steve" Tilson (born 27 July 1966 in Wickford, England) an English football manager and former player. He is currently in charge of Southend United, who play in League One.



Tilson began his footballing career with non-league side Witham Town before being signed by then Southend manager David Webb. During the 1990s, Tilson appeared in just under 250 matches and played in the side that won two consecutive promotions in the early part of the decade. Tilson played continually for Southend, except for a loan spell at Brentford, until 1998, when he signed for Canvey Island, serving as club captain during his 4-year spell with the team.

In 2002, Tilson moved back to Southend, this time to head a newly created "Centre of Excellence". Tilson worked to develop Southend's youth until the sacking of Steve Wignall in November 2003. With the club in danger of relegation to the Football Conference, Tilson was named caretaker-manager by chairman Ron Martin and proceeded to take Southend clear of danger. Also in the same season, Tilson led Southend to the first ever national cup final in the club's history, losing to Blackpool 2–0 in the Football League Trophy Final. In March 2004 Tilson was offered the job of manager on a full-time basis, and accepted the offer.[1]

In the following two seasons, Tilson took Southend to two consecutive promotions from League Two to the Championship. Southend also reached another Football League Trophy Final in 2005, but lost to Wrexham. Tilson's success saw him linked with jobs at West Bromwich Albion and Norwich City, but he remained with Southend. In November 2006, Southend achieved a notable victory over eventual Premier League champions Manchester United in the League Cup,[2] but were relegated from the Championship at the end of the 2006–07 season.

On 3 January 2009, Tilson led Southend to a 1-1 FA Cup third round draw away at Chelsea. Peter Clarke scoring a very late birthday equaliser. On 28 October 2009, following the club being threatened with administration and on-loan midfielder Lee Sawyer returning to Chelsea, Tilson came out of retirement to play for Southend in the Essex Senior Cup.[3]

Managerial stats

As of 01 November 2009

Team Nat From To Record
G W L D Win %
Southend United England 20 November 2003 Present 326 137 109 80 42.02


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