Our Coaches

Tom Laxton - Technical Director

Home town: Buckhurst Hill, Essex, U.K.

Playing History: Tottenham Hotspur Academy, Leyton Orient FC, Dagenham and Redbridge FC, Redbridge FC, Waltham Abbey FC, Potters Bar FC, Mitchelton FC, Northstar FC.

Coaching History: Leyton Orient Academy, Wycombe Wanderers Academy, Watford Academy, Brisbane City FC

NPL history: 2016 season as Technical Director BCFC

Coaching Aims for the 2017 Season: To continue the progress of the Brisbane City FC programme and senior team.

Coaching Aims: Continue to develop and learn through formal qualifications and personal growth at Brisbane City FC

Favourite Player to Watch: Zinedine Zidane

Favourite Team: West Ham United

Dream Player to Coach: Lionel Messi – Easy day at the office coaching him!

Dream Team to Coach: Brisbane City of course!

Best Experience in Football: This past season has been amazing – I’ve learnt loads in developing our teams.

Best Ground Visited: Nou Camp (FC Barcelona)

Best Ground Played In: Highbury (Arsenal) or White Hart Lane (Tottenham Hotspur)

Favourite Movie: Godfather

Favourite Album: Channel Orange – Frank Ocean.

Favourite Pizza: Hawaiian- yes pineapple on pizza is ok!

Billy Lumley - Goalkeeper Academy Coach

Home town: Loughton, Essex, UK.

Playing History: Tottenham Hotspur FC, Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, Glenn Hoddle Academy, Northampton Town FC, Jerez CF (Spain), Eastleigh FC, Maidenhead United, Billericay Town FC.

Coaching History: Saves Galore (UK), Brisbane City Football Club Goalkeeper Academy.

Coaching Aims for the 2017 Season: To get all my PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues goalkeepers state recognised and win the PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues Queensland.

Coaching Aims: To be the best coach I can possibly be and have the best GK academy in the world.

Favourite Player to Watch: Hugo Lloris (Spurs/France), David de Gea (Manchester United/Spain).

Favourite Team: Tottenham Hotspur.

Dream Player to Coach: Hugo Lloris (Spurs/France).

Dream Team to Coach: England.

Best Experience in Football: Making my professional football debut.

Best Ground Played In: Emirates Stadium (Arsenal).

Favourite Movie: Bad Boys.

Favourite Album: Ministry of Sound.

Favourite Pizza: Meat Lovers.

Mitch Edwards - PS4 NPL Under 15 Coach
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Home town: Pottsville, NSW.

Playing History: Variety of levels, However never good enough to play professionally or semi-pro.

Coaching History: Churchie (Anglican Church Grammar School), Nudgee Boys College, Eastern Suburbs FC, Brisbane City FC.

NPL history: U12 – 2014, U13 – 2015 & 2016.

Coaching Aims for the 2017 Season: Develop the players to the best of their ability while playing an attractive style of football.

Coaching Aims: Learn from previous years sessions and teams and improve on areas that I feel were not good enough.

Favourite Player to Watch – Was Thierry Henry when we was running around for Arsenal, Now I like the South American type of players such as Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) or Luis Suarez (Barcelona) type of player.

Favourite Team: Arsenal FC.

Dream Player to Coach: Any player who wants to listen, improve and is willing to commit themselves.

Best Experience in Football: Playing in the top team for the club I played for from the age of 6.

Best Ground Visited / Played In: Wish I could say played at but it was just a visit – Santiago Bernabeu (Real Madrid).

Favourite Movie: Any Quentin Tarantino movie.

Favourite Album: I like a variety of music.

Favourite Pizza: Pepperoni.

David Minnis - PS4 NPL Under 13 and Under 14 Coach

Home town: Born in Liverpool, grew up Maidstone, Kent, UK.

Playing History: Ashford Town FC, St Leonards FC, Bearsted FC.

Coaching History: Brisbane City Academy, SAP and NPL.

NPL history: 2015 U12’s, 2013 & 2016 U14’s and 2012 & 2014 U15’s.

Coaching Aims for the 2017 Season: Get as many boys in the U13’s and U14’s in the Queensland State team.

Coaching Aims: Continue to improve and develop each player to the best of their ability.

Favourite Player to Watch: It was Steven Gerrard.

Favourite Team: Liverpool FC.

Dream Player to Coach: Steven Gerrard.

Dream Team to Coach: Liverpool FC.

Best Experience in Football – Organising and taking a group of boys on a Tour of Spain and Japan with JDFA. Best experience watching football was Liverpool winning the Champions League Final in 2005.

Best Ground Visited / Played In: Watched Nou Camp (FC Barcelona). Best ground I’ve played in was The Valley, Charlton Athletic.

Favourite Movie: Anchorman or Dumb and Dumber

Favourite Album: Hedkandi or Oasis – What’s the story.

Favourite Pizza: Pepperoni.

Craig Collins - PS4 NPL Under 20 Coach

Home town: Brisbane, Queensland

Playing History: Brisbane Premier League 1988-2011, Brisbane United (National Soccer League), Sydney Olympic (National Soccer League), Liverpool (trial), Brisbane Roar.

Coaching History: Brisbane Strikers – Player Coach (1997)

NPL history: Brisbane Strikers and Brisbane City

Coaching Aims for the 2017 Season: To learn everything I possibly can and make sure the Under 20’s improve and get the most out of the season

Coaching Aims: Take it as far as it will take me.

Favourite Player to Watch: Luis Suarez (Barcelona) and Adam Lallana (Liverpool)

Favourite Team: Liverpool

Dream Player to Coach: Lionel Messi aged 16

Dream Team to Coach: Brisbane City Under 20’s

Best Experience in Football: Playing at a good level and being part of teams with lifelong friends.

Best Ground Played In: Anfield (Liverpool)

Favourite Movie: Old School

Favourite Album: Don’t listen to music much – so anything current

Favourite Pizza: Pepperoni

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