Johnny Flynn (footballer)
|Full name||Jonathan Flynn|
|Date of birth||18 November 1989|
|Place of birth||Belfast, Northern Ireland|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|2009||→ Chester City (loan)||4||(1)|
|2009||→ Accrington Stanley (loan)||8||(0)|
|Northern Ireland U19||10||(0)|
|2008-2010||Northern Ireland U21||10||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 December 2014.
Jonathan "Johnny" Flynn (born 18 November 1989) is a footballer currently playing as a defender for Cliftonville in Northern Ireland, having left Falkirk after a two-year in spell in 2014. Flynn began his career at Ballymena United, and later moved to Blackburn Rovers, where he failed to make a first-team appearance. He spent a short loan spell at Accrington Stanley in League Two, and between 2010 and 2012, played for Ross County in the Scottish First Division before later moving to Falkirk.
Flynn began his professional career in his native Northern Ireland with Ballymena United, after being spotted by Belfast-based scout Dominic McEnhill playing in the Down and Connor League for Newhill U16s. He was then spotted by Blackburn Rovers club scout Barry Hunter in late 2007, signing for the Lancashire club in January 2008.
The defender spent 2 years at Blackburn and during this time failed to make a competitive appearance for the club. Flynn had two loan spells at Chester City and Accrington Stanley in the 2009–2010 season.
Flynn signed for Ross County in the summer of 2010 but only managed to make 23 appearances in his two seasons at Victoria Park, scoring 4 goals., including one that secured County's First Division status in the 2010–2011 Season against Falkirk, who he would eventually sign for in the summer of 2012.
Flynn was a first-team regular in his first season at Falkirk, and after a nervy first few games, developed a solid defensive partnership with the vastly experienced club captain Darren Dods. In his second season, with the arrival of Will Vaulks and David McCracken, he found himself more frequently as back-up on the bench. Flynn did however start all four of Falkirk's Scottish Premiership Play-Off games; he was heavily praised for his performances in these matches, in particular the Quarter Final Second Leg 3-1 victory after extra time (4-3 agg.) against Queen of the South on 10 May 2014. Fans were widely impressed and grateful for Flynn's professionalism in the play-off matches, having been on the bench for most of the season and having already agreed a deal to sign for Cliftonville for the following season. Flynn's last appearance in a Falkirk shirt was to be in the Play-Off Semi-Final Second Leg defeat to Hamilton Academical on 18 May 2014.
Flynn signed a pre-contract with Cliftonville in March 2014 and will join them for the 2014–15 season. Flynn was also to set up his own football coaching business 'JF Football Fitness' on his return to Northern Ireland.
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