Steve Tilson

Steve Tilson was most recently the manager of Canvey Island.

Previously, Tilson was the 5th longest serving manager in English football before parting with Southend United in July 2010.

He joined Roots Hall in November 2003, and he was also the second longest serving manager in the Football League.

Having been appointed initially as caretaker manager, he saved Southend from relegation in his first season at the helm and led the same squad to promotion from League Two.

The LMA members recognised his achievement by voting him League Two Manager of the Season in June 2005.

Steve Tilson took the reins from Caretaker Manager Dave Webb after previously enjoying nine years as a player at Roots Hall, in two spells, and had risen up the ranks from Youth Team to Assistant Manager and then to Manager.

Following his appointment, Steve's initial challenge was to lead the Shrimpers away from the danger of relegation at the foot of League Two. He got off to a good start with four wins from his first five games in to help pull them away from the League Two drop-zone.

With no additional resources to strengthen the squad, Steve Tilson and then Assistant Manager, Paul Brush, put together an unbeaten eighteen game run which took Southend to promotion via the play-offs. They finished in fourth place in 2004-2005 and clinched a tense play-off final victory over Lincoln City at the Millennium Stadium.

Tilson has also successfully completed the League Managers Association's Certificate in Applied Management course, run in conjunction with Warwick University, in June 2005.

In 2005/06, his impressive run continued. Southend embarked on the season with a record breaking eight game run of wins which has seen them head the league more than once.

On 29 April 2006 the Shrimpers were promoted to the Championship, the second highest tier of English football. Southend were then crowned League One champions on 6 May 2006.

For Southend United the championship title, the club's first in 25 years, was just part of an amazing three year journey from the depths at the bottom of the Football League to just one level below the Premier League, a journey that not only saw two successive promotions but also three visits to the Millenium Stadium, Cardiff.

On 6 May 2006 manager Steve Tilson was named as LMA Manager of the Season for League One.

One of Tilson's most memorable victories was in the fourth round of the League Cup against trophy holders Manchester United on 7 November 2006 where the shrimpers beat United 1-0 at Roots Hall. United fielded a side with 10 internationals including Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney.

With this meeting being the only ever between the two sides, it left Southend as the only team in English football to have a 100% record against the Red Devils.

Southend United recorded impressive victories in the 2006-07 season beating Stoke City, Sunderland, Southampton, WBA, Cardiff, QPR and Birmingham City despite relegation.

Southend were able to finish sixth in League One at the end of 2007-08 thus qualifying for a play-off place, where the side missed out to Doncaster Rovers.

In the 2008/09 season, Tilson led Southend to another solid position of eight place in Coca-Cola League One.

He then parted company with Southend at the close of the 2009/10 season after a year of the club experiencing financial difficulties, before joining Lincoln into the 2010/11 season.

Honours (6)
  • promotions
    • Southend United:
      • Promotion to Coca Cola Championship, (2006-05-06)
      • Promotion to Coca Cola League One, (2005-05-30)
  • personal-awards
    • Southend United:
      • Manager of the Year, League One, (2006-05-06)
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet League One, (2005-09-01)
      • Manager of the Year, League Two, (2005-06-01)
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet League Two, (2005-03-01)
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