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Timothy Richard George Stimpson (born 10 September 1973 in Liverpool) is a former rugby union international full back (and occasional wing). During his career he played for Wakefield, West Hartlepool, Perpignan, Leeds Tykes, Newcastle Falcons, Leicester Tigers, and Nottingham, England and the British Lions. His international career was a start-stop affair; however he excelled at a club level. In particular, during his five year spell at Leicester Tigers between 1998-2003, as a goalkicker, he was an important part of the Leicester side that won the league four times in succession to add to back-to-back Heineken Cup, becoming the Premierships top points scorer in process (his points total has now been overtaken by both Jonny Wilkinson and Andy Goode.)



Stimpson was educated at Silcoates School, Wakefield. In 1992, he went to the University of Durham, where he studied anthropology at Grey College, graduating in 1995.


He went on the 1997 British Lions tour to South Africa and would have played in the tests as first choice full back were if not for the better goal-kicking of Neil Jenkins that would be essential to the Lion’s series victory.


Newcastle’s management including Rob Andrew, during the 1997-98 season choose to not pick him resulting in, signing at the end of the year for Leicester Tigers. After the retirement of Joel Stransky Stimpson became Leicester Tiger’s principal goalkicker.


In the 2001 Heineken Cup Final against Stade Francais he converted Leon Lloyd’s last minute try to take the match from 32-30 to 34-30 to Leicester. This meant that to win the match, Stade would have to score a try rather than the easier task of their fly-half Diego Dominguez, who kicked all of Stade’s points, landing a goal. There were no further scores.


A year later, in the 2002 Heineken Cup Leicester Tigers went to win the final against Munster, Stimpson kicking a penalty and a conversion.


In 2003 after the worst kept secret! Stimpson was linked to French club Perpignan despite having time left on his contract at Leicester. He moved to France after the 2003 World Cup, Tigers releasing him from his contract. However, he failed to play for Perpignan and in 2004 returned to England to play for Leeds Tykes. He decided to retire from playing for Leeds Tykes to pursue a career in coaching in January 2006. In the summer of 2006 his services were used by Nottingham Rugby Club.

Stimpson won a record five consecutive Premiership titles with Newcastle Falcons and Leicester Tigers.


Tim Stimpson received 19 English caps scoring 35 points 1 British Lions cap

He played 154 club games scoring 1580 points


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