The Ryman Football League
Published 12th July 2012
.....Division club`s new first-team manager.
Tilson famously played for the club between 1997-2002, scoring over 100 goals and captaining the side to FA Trophy Final success against Forest Green Rovers at Villa Park in 2001.
After finishing playing he took a coaching role with Southend United, and was eventually promoted to first-team manager in November 2003 following the departure of Steve Wignall.
Tilson went on to be one of Southend’s most successful managers ever, taking the club from League Two to the Championship in successive seasons between 2004-2006.
He also guided the Shrimpers to the LDV Vans Final on two occasions at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, and knocked a Manchester United side including Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo out of the League Cup at Roots Hall in 2006.
Tilson will join the club in a full-time capacity, with the appointment being made with a long-term position in mind.
On the appointment, Gulls’ chairman George Frost commented: “I am extremely pleased that Steve has decided to accept our offer, and I see this as a huge milestone on the road to achieving our long term ambitions for the club.
“Steve’s experience and knowledge of the game will be a tremendous asset, and the fact that he is somewhat of a legend at Canvey means that I am sure this will be a popular decision with our supporters.”
Tilson will be joined by another Canvey `legend' in the form of Craig Davidson, who returns to the club as assistant-manager.