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Tim Bredbury
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Personal information
Full name Timothy Aston Bredbury
Date of birth (1963-04-25) 25 April 1963 (age 59)
Place of birth Hong Kong
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Position(s) Striker
Club information
Current team
Kowloon Cricket Club
(head coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1982 Liverpool Reserves 6 (1)
1982 Ryoden 4 (13)
1982–1984 Seiko 34 (15)
1985–1986 Rangers (HKG)
1986–1990 South China (61)
1990–1991 Lai Sun 29 (21)
1991–1992 Sydney Olympic 24 (15)
1992 Selangor 18 (11)
1993 Sabah 10 (3)
1993 South China 3 (1)
1993–1994 Voicelink 11 (6)
1994–1995 Sing Tao 24 (8)
1995–1996 Frankwell 14 (3)
1996–1999 Instant-Dict
National team
1986–1999 Hong Kong 34 (14)
Teams managed
2006 Rangers (HKG)
2007 NT Realty Wofoo Tai Po
2007–2008 Rangers (HKG)
2011–2012 Biu Chun Rangers
2012–2013 Sun Hei
2007–2013 Kitchee (academy coach)
2012–2013 Tai Chung
2016–2017 HKFC U18 Team & HKFC Vets Team
(HKFC Soccer 7's 2016/2017)
2017–2018 Kitchee (U14 Team)
2018–2019 Kitchee (assistant technical director)
2019–2020/2020-2021 Kowloon Cricket Club - Dragons
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Tim Bredbury (Chinese: 巴貝利), born 25 April 1963 in Hong Kong is a former Liverpool FC professional player and Hong Kong International footballer. Bredbury is a UEFA A/AFC A licensed coach and is currently the head coach of Hong Kong Third Division club Kowloon Cricket Club.

Early life

Tim Bredbury was born in Hong Kong to British parents from Liverpool. His father John moved to Hong Kong as a fireman working for the Hong Kong Government. Bredbury went to Glenealy School and King George V School. As a talented sportsman, Bredbury represented Hong Kong Schools in rugby (1979 Rosslyn Park World Schools 7's), hockey and swimming. Bredbury has three siblings who have also represented Hong Kong at hockey and rugby.

Professional playing career

Bredbury began his professional football career with Liverpool in 1979, signing on as an apprentice professional. After two years Bredbury was offered full professional terms on a one-year contract.[1]

In total, Bredbury stayed at Liverpool for 3 years, winning the Central League (twice), Liverpool Senior Cup and the Nice International Invitation Tournament. In addition to representing the club's A and B sides in the early years.

At the end of his contract, Bredbury was then approached by Hong Kong side, Ryoden. He decided to take the offer and return home to Hong Kong. He scored 13 goals in 4 games and was soon signed up with Hong Kong soccer giants Seiko FC playing alongside the likes of Aarie Haan, Theo De Jong, Dick Naninga, Rene van der Kerkoff, Jonny Rep, Peter Bodak, Benny Wendt in a highly successful 2-year period winning the league twice.

Between 1982 and 1999, Bredbury held professional football contracts with football clubs based in Hong Kong, including Ryoden, Seiko, Hong Kong Rangers, South China, Lai Sun, Frankwell, Sing Tao and Instant-Dict and Australian Sydney Olympic FC and Malaysian Selangor FA and Sabah FA.[2][3]

Bredbury was the joint top goalscorer in Hong Kong on two separate occasions and finished tied (with Dale Tempest) in the Hong Kong First Division League with 21 goals during the 1990–1991 season with Lai Sun FC before leaving Hong Kong and signing for Sydney Olympic in Australia.

In his debut season Bredbury also finished as joint top scorer (with Kimon Taliadoros) in the National Soccer League with Sydney Olympic FC during the 1991–1992 season scoring 15 goals in 24 appearances.[citation needed]

Bredbury also had two successful seasons playing in Malaysia with giants Selangor FC and second division side Sabah FC. At Sabah, Bredbury helped the club reach the FA Cup Final, the first time a second division side had achieved this feat.

At club level, Bredbury played against top club sides from around the world, including Corinthians (Brazil), Lucky Gold Star (S Korea), Odense (Denmark), Sampdoria (Italy), A.C. Milan (Italy), Everton (UK), Aston Villa (UK), Coventry (UK), Sparta Prague (Czch) and Brøndby (Denmark), Chelsea (UK)

In 1986, Bredbury was invited to join the Hong Kong National Team and, in a career that spanned over 10 years, he played in the World Cup qualifying rounds, Olympics qualifying rounds and Asian Games in Japan (Yokohama). He played over 30 representative games scoring 14 goals.

Bredbury was also a regular member of the Hong Kong League XI side competing in the Carlsberg Cup and Dynasty Cup tournaments playing against such sides as Denmark, Paraguay (where he was "Man of the Match"), Yugoslavia, Japan, South Korea, Nigeria, Sweden, Romania, Switzerland, China.

In addition to his professional playing career, Bredbury is also a fully qualified English Football Association coach and gained his UEFA A Licence in December 2011 through the English Football Association. In 2016, he also received recognition through the AFC and now holds the equivalent license.

Bredbury is a member of the English Football Association Coaches Association plus a former member of the English Professional Footballers Association.

Post-playing career

Bredbury worked as a marketing manager, professional coach, sports journalist, event organiser and television presenter on ATV's World channel.

Professional coaching career

La Salle College

In 2005, Bredbury was appointed head coach of the schools A, B and C grade teams. In that season, La Salle were the overall School Champions in Football.

Rangers FC

In 2006/07 season, Bredbury secured his first professional head coaching position with Rangers FC in the HKFA 1st division. Played 3 games - W 1, D 1, L1.

Tai Po FC

In 2007/08 season, Bredbury was appointed head coach of Tai Po FC in the HKFA 1st division. Played 5 games - W 2, D 1, L2.

Rangers FC (2nd time)

In 2007/08 season, Bredbury rejoined Rangers FC in the HKFA 1st division. Played 16 games - W 2, D 9, L 5. Bredbury joined the highly successful Kitchee/FC Barcelona Escola program.

Rangers

In 2011/12 season, Rangers announced that Bredbury would become head coach.[4] Played 18 games - W 6, D 4, L8. BC Rangers also won the HKFA Reserve League - Played 18 - W 15, D 2, L1.

Sun Hei

In 2012/13 season, Sun Hei SC announced that Bredbury would take over as 1st team coach in preparation for the 2012–13 season and the AFC Cup Competition. Played 6 games - W 0, D 3, L3.

Tai Chung

In 2012/13 season Bredbury joined Tai Chung FC a feeder club for Kithchee FC in the HKFA 2nd Division. Played 20 games - W 12, D 3, L 5.

HKFC

In 2016, Bredbury became head coach for the U18 HKFC Academy team playing in the HKFA Youth Leagues. Bredbury also coached the HK Football Club side in the 2016 Citibank International Soccer 7's Masters Tournament.

Kitchee

In 2017, Bredbury became head coach for the U14 Kitchee Football Club Academy team playing in the HKFA Youth Leagues. Kitchee U14 won the HKFA U14 1st Division.

Discovery Bay Masters FC

In 2018, Bredbury became head coach for the Discovery Bay FC Masters (DBFC) team playing in the HKFC International Soccer Sevens. DBFC won the Masters tournament without conceding a goal in the tournament. In 2019, DBFC Masters reached the final of the HKFC International Soccer Sevens Plate tournament.

Kowloon Cricket Club (Dragons)

In 2019, Bredbury became head coach for the KCC Dragons team playing in the Yau Yee League 1st Division. 2019/2020 Played 14. W5, D 5, L4. 2020/2021 Played 22. W 7, D5, L10

Honours

References

  1. ^ Shaw, Phil (22 October 2009). "Yeung must keep Super Promise International". ESPN Soccernet.
  2. ^ "Bredbury almost sure of Sabah". New Straits Times. 9 January 1993.
  3. ^ "Thailand International Soccer 7s - Football Sevens Tournaments - Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket - Thailand".
  4. ^ (in Chinese) 李輝立淡出流浪 巴貝利陳鴻平掌帥印 Wen Wei Po. 1 August 2011.