Aug 15 2013 by Nick Hilton, Wirral Echo
FORMER Tranmere goalkeeper Danny Coyne and the club’s current goalkeeper coach Dave Timmins are joining forces in a project to find and develop the best young prospects in the area.
The pair plan to run weekly goalkeeper coaching courses on the Wirral for eight to 16-year-olds, starting next month.
Coyne, who won 16 international caps with Wales and played more than 200 games in two spells at Prenton Park, says the idea is to coach goalkeeping skills to boys and girls and recommend the most talented recruits to Tranmere’s academy set up and the ladies and girls teams.
“We want to raise the standard of goalkeeping in the area with specialist coaching and it is also a talent scouting exercise,” Coyne said. “If we find any good prospects we will recommend them to Tranmere.”
Coyne and Timmins are following a path previously set by former Tranmere goalkeeper and goalkeeping coach John Achterberg half a dozen years ago.
Achterberg had to give up his popular courses after joining Liverpool, initially as a youth academy coach and then later as first-team coach.
Coyne said: “We don’t think there’s a lot of specialist goalkeeping coaching available in the area and we think there are lots of youngsters out there who would want to benefit from the coaching.
“Since John Achterberg stopped running his courses there has been a bit of a void. Now he’s at Liverpool he doesn’t have the time so we are taking over his mantle. He brought some very good young prospects through to Tranmere and we are looking to do the same thing.”
Coyne and Timmins came up with the idea of working together a year ago, when the Welshman was training at Prenton Park.
Coyne was between clubs after ending a three-year spell with Middlesbrough in the summer of 2012. He explained: “I went to Tranmere start of last season and Ronnie Moore allowed me to train with Dave Timmins and the rest of the keepers.
“I worked with him every day and we kept in touch.
“We had the idea about the coaching courses and a few thoughts of what we would like to do.”
Coyne subsequently joined Sheffield United as a backup goalkeeper later that season and this summer was appointed goalkeeper coach that Shrewsbury Town.
Timmins is in his third spell as goalkeeper coach with Tranmere, having previously worked at Shrewsbury, Stockport County and Stoke City.
Coyne, 39, was appointed goalkeeper coach at Shrewsbury this summer, succeeding another ex-Tranmere keeper, Gavin Ward, who left to join Nottingham Forest.
The Welshman said: “It was always in my mind to move into coaching and I been working towards getting all the qualifications.”
Coyne, from Prestatyn, began his career as a player in Tranmere’s youth development set-up. He turned professional in 1992 and benefit from the coaching of Joe Corrigan and Eric Nixon.
After leaving Tranmere in 1999, Coyne spent four seasons as a first-team regular with Grimsby Town and enjoyed a season in the Premier League in 2003/04 with Leicester City.
He spent three seasons at Burnley, then returned to Tranmere in 2007. During the 2008/09 campaign, Coyne won the League One Golden gloves prize, keeping 20 clean sheets as Tranmere narrowly missed out on a play-off spot.
Coyne’s impressive form during that second spell at Prenton Park earned him a move to Middlesbrough, where he spent three seasons.
He has played more than 500 senior games in a career spanning 20 years and is registered as a player at Shrewsbury for this season.
Coyne and Timmins plan to begin goalkeeping courses towards the end of next month, with the Woodchurch Leisure Centre the likely venue for the Friday evening sessions between 6pm and 7pm.
The pair plan to circulate junior and amateur clubs on the Wirral over the coming weeks with details of the courses.
THE funeral service for former Tranmere chairman Fred Williams will take place at St Saviour’s Church, Oxton, Birkenhead, next Tuesday (August 20) at 10.30am.
Williams, a director of the club through four decades and a lifelong Rovers supporter, died last week at the age of 83, nine years after suffering a stroke that left him partially paralysed.
A Tranmere fan since boyhood, he served on the board at Prenton Park during the 1960s through to and 90s and was chairman between 1998 and 1999.