Mark Stimson was confirmed as the new manager of Thurrock on May 16, 2012.
Stimson has already achieved three promotions during his managerial career and has also won The FA trophy on three occasions. Previously, Stimson reinforced his rising stock in management by guiding Gillingham back into League One in 2009. It was a third promotion for Stimson, who previously lifted Grays Athletic two levels to the Conference.
Plaistow-born Mark - a Tottenham apprentice at the start of his career - also boasts a unique record in the FA Trophy, winning it four times as player and manager. The feat included a back-to-back hat-trick of managerial successes.
He took charge of Grays in 2002 following a period as coach. After a narrow escape from relegation in his first season, Stimson won promotion to the newly-formed Conference South.
Grays then stormed the division the following year, coming top by a margin of 23 points to reach the summit of non-league football for the first time in the club's history. Stimson's side also won the FA Trophy in that same 2004-05 season, beating Hucknall Town in a penalty shoot-out.
In 2006, Grays again lifted the FA Trophy with a 2-0 win over Woking. They finished third in the Conference, just missing promotion after losing to Halifax in the play-offs.
Stevenage Borough then swooped for his services and was rewarded when - alongside finishing 8th in the Conference - Mark managed a side to the FA Trophy for the third year running after a 3-2 victory over Kidderminster Harriers at the new Wembley.
Stimson was appointed by a struggling Gillingham on November 1st, 2007. They were relegated six months later but won promotion in his first full season, going up through the play-offs by seeing off Rochdale and then Shrewsbury at Wembley.Stimson, who has managed over 400 games during his career, then parted company with Gillingham at the close of the 2009/10 season. He had a brief spell in charge of League Two side Barnet, before he joined Kettering. Mark remained with the club until January 2012.
As a player, Mark had two loan spells with Gillingham. His league career peaked in four years at Newcastle. He also served Portsmouth, Southend and Leyton Orient before winning his first FA Trophy with Isthmian League Canvey Island. Stimson set up the only goal of the game in the final against Forest Green Rovers and also won the man of the match award.
Sessions by Mark Stimson
This session is about shooting from different angles in and around the box. It looks at how players can best negotiate space in what is the tightest, most controlled area of the pitch, while also explaining the benefits of reacting after each shot. MORE
A shooting session that really gets played in the mood to attack. It’s sometimes assumed that ‘distance’ attacking practices such as this one are just about getting laces behind the ball, but good technique is crucial, particularly with players getting their head over the ball. MORE