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Michael Timlin was the feature for Saturday's matchday programme 'Roots Review' against Coventry City.
Blues ran out 3-1 winners and the midfielder opened up in the exclusive interview about making 200 appearances for the club, his relationship with Phil Brown, filling in at left back, his role in the squad and much more.
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Michael Timlin brought up his double century of appearances at Southend United on Tuesday night.
The tenacious midfielder has been at the club since 2012 after turning a loan move from Swindon Town into a permanent deal.
And Timlin is over the moon to have reached the milestone at the club.
“I think these days to play even a hundred games, especially in the lower leagues where players don’t tend to stay more than a year or two at a club, is a great achievement and a great honour,” he said.
“I’ve even missed out in two or three seasons over the years because of injury, so quite possibly I would have made a lot more if I hadn’t had so many injuries.
“But I’m still delighted to have reached 200 and, hopefully, long may it continue.
“When you join a club you never know how you’re going to settle in, whether you’re going to enjoy life there and then it comes down to whether you’re playing well enough to stay at the club.
“Then other factors come in like difference in opinions from managers, if a new manager comes in.
“We’ve had two managers in my time here. Phil Brown has been very committed to me and I fully trust him and would always make sure I do the best I can for him.
“It’s definitely benefitted me having Phil Brown as my manager.”
The 31-year-old was an integral member of Blues’ League Two promotion winning squad last year, memorably putting his body on the line in the semi-final against Stevenage and receiving a horrible head wound.
Timlin said it goes down as one of his best days in his career, let alone in his time at Roots Hall.
“I think that’s my best achievement and memory in football,” he added.
“It was a fantastic honour to play at Wembley for Southend.
“Everyone loves a day out at Wembley and some players can go their whole career without playing there. I was lucky enough to play there considering I missed out on two occasions with Southend and Swindon.”
Most of the time he has been deployed in his natural position in midfield, but most recently he has operated at left-back in the absence of Ben Coker.
As well as becoming an influential man in the changing room, he says he more than happy to do that job for the team.
“When I first joined the club I was wasn’t the oldest, but I was always someone who had a voice, spoke up in the changing room or gave advice to others in the squad.
“I’ve always been someone with an older head on younger shoulders.
“Now I’m classed as one of the senior boys and with that is the added responsibility of doing things right, making sure you apply yourself right, because it’s not just the first team boys that are looking at you, it’s the youth team boys as well.”
But he isn’t content with stopping at 200, and has set his sights on more.
“I know Kevin Maher has got up in the 400’s and he’s a coach at the club now. I remember playing against him when he was playing and that is a fantastic achievement.
“I would love to replicate that. it’s just about playing as many games as I can.
“I’ve been one of those versatile players that can fill in in different positions for the manager which I’m doing now at left back.
“I want to play as much as I can and long may that continue.”