Tough guy Timlin targets promotion for Stevenage

PUBLISHED: 17:30 03 August 2018

Michael Timlin of Stevenage. Picture: DANNY LOO

Michael Timlin of Stevenage. Picture: DANNY LOO

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New Stevenage midfielder Michael Timlin is well-known to a large number of Boro fans – but for a painful reason.

Michael Timlin signs an autograph for a young fan at the Stevenage FC Open Day 2018. Picture: DANNY LOOMichael Timlin signs an autograph for a young fan at the Stevenage FC Open Day 2018. Picture: DANNY LOO

Timlin was Boro boss Dino Maamria’s fifth summer signing, as the 33-year-old joined after seven years and 253 appearances for Southend.

He comes with a deserved reputation for giving his all and his experience and clam head will be welcomed in the heart of the club’s battles in League Two next season.

However, the Boro faithful may remember Timlin from the League Two play-off semi-final 1-1 draw with Southend at the Lamex in 2015 – and courage and bravery in coping with a serious head wound.

The tie was stopped for eight minutes in the first half after Timlin clashed heads with Boro captain Bira Dembele. Timlin required 15 stitches to fix a gruesome head wound before being substituted.

The former Republic of Ireland under-23 international, who scored 14-goals for the Shrimpers last term spoke to CometSport on the first day of the club’s pre-season training.

Brave Timlin – still bearing the scar on his forehead of the clash which required 19 stitches – recalled: “I don’t recall too much about it. I wasn’t even sure I’d cut my forehead to start with.

“Once everyone realised it was a bit serious my main aim was to make sure I played the second leg.

“I managed to play and we got through to Wembley against a good Stevenage side. Thankfully we beat Wycombe on penalties and got promoted.

“I’d like to repeat that here with Stevenage now I’m playing for them, but yes it was a bit strange when people were saying they could see the cartilage under the skin on my forehead.

“I’d actually like to thank the Stevenage doctor at the time who did a really good job as the skin was split sideways and up and down.

“I’d definitely give him a hug if I saw him again.”

Timlin is hoping his blend of courage and experience will help guide Boro to a promotion push.

With the Broadhall Way outfit ending a disappointing season in 16th place Timlin is bullish about his new side’s chances next term.

He said: “I’m really looking forward to the challenge here at Stevenage. It’s great to be here.

“If you look at the facilities the club has to offer and the fact they are building a new stand for the fans it means this club is very much on the up.

“The boss made it very clear he wanted me and I’m delighted to join a great set of lads.

“I don’t see any reason why we can’t get promotion – either through the play-offs like I did with Southend or by finishing in the top three.

“We have very good players who will compete for everything.”

A repeat of his 2015 promotion, this time in North Herts would be very welcome – let’s just hope this season won’t leave any further scars for the courageous Timlin.

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