Tim Jolly was a mainstay of the Stevenage Borough setup during the 1980s, having started his career at Football League outfits Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham. He later moved to Welwyn Garden City; forming part of The Citizens’ South Midlands League championship-winning side, before joining our fledgling side in 1980.
According to matchday programme accounts of the time, his time at Sunday league side Twin Foxes – a team he also managed for a period – led him towards Broadhall Way. He linked up with Danny Dance and Jimmy Daintree in that side, before helping form Boro’s first senior side with that duo. Unfortunately, we can’t tell you too much about what came next for Tim Jolly; our trail running cold after he left the club in 1982.
Boro’ had tried to get Jolly involved with the management of the side; the player admitting in 1981 that he’d “like to get involved in the management of a side like Boro'”. He even did his bit for Derek Montgomery by helping to bring fresh faces in. But, as he admitted, doing both isn’t easy: “Combining that role with one as a player is difficult, which is why it’s best to concentrate on one or the other”.
He also went close to winning the FA Sunday Cup with Twin Foxes in 1982; beaten 2-1 in the final by Dingle Rail.