Tim Jolly was a mainstay of the Boro’ setup during the 1980s, having started out in the Football League with Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham. He later moved to Welwyn Garden City and would be part of the Citizens’ South Midlands League championship-winning side in 1974. In 1980, however, it was his time to shine at Broadhall Way. 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 to us.
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 runs cold after he left the club in 1982. Boro’ had tried to get him involved with the management of the side, though. The player admitted in 1981 that he’d “like to get involved in the management of a side like Boro'”.
Jolly 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.
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