Ryan Flynn (footballer)
Flynn playing for Sheffield United in 2013
|Full name||Ryan Flynn|
|Date of birth||4 September 1988|
|Place of birth||Edinburgh, Scotland|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Current club||Sheffield United|
|2008–2009||→ Wrexham (loan)||25||(4)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:00, 16 November 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Ryan Flynn (born 4 September 1988) is a Scottish professional footballer, who currently plays for Sheffield United as a midfielder. Born in Edinburgh he started his career with Liverpool before having spells at both Wrexham and Falkirk and has also represented Scotland at under-19 level.
Flynn's first club was Falkirk, but he signed for Liverpool in 2005 for £50,000. He helped Liverpool win successive FA Youth Cup victories in the 2005–06 and 2006–07 seasons, with Flynn scoring the winner against Manchester City in the 2007 final. In his third season at the club, he helped them win the Northern Premier Reserve League Title, in the 2007–08 season.
Flynn was loaned to Conference National club Wrexham for the latter part of the 2008–09 season. He scored an equalising goal against Harrow on his début; in all, Flynn scored four goals in 25 appearances for Wrexham.
Flynn was then loaned back to his first club, Falkirk, for the 2009–10 season. He made his Falkirk début in a UEFA Europa League tie against FC Vaduz, and Flynn scored the only goal of the game, becoming the first Falkirk player to score a goal in European competition. In mid September it was announced that his move had been made permanent and he signed a three-year contract with Falkirk. Flynn won the Scottish Premier League award for Young Player of the Month for March 2010, having scored six goals in 33 games for Falkirk. He also won the Young Player of the Round award in the second round of the CIS Cup 10/11, in which he scored the only goal to put Falkirk through against Partick Thistle In the third round of the same cup he was part of the Falkirk team that were voted 'Team of the round', a game in which he scored the third goal against Hearts and which ended up 4–3 to Falkirk.
On 14 July 2011, Flynn signed for Sheffield United for an undisclosed fee on a three-year deal and made his competitive club début on the first day of the 2011–12 season, starting the Football League match against Oldham Athletic. He was in and out of the side during his first season at Bramall Lane but finished the campaign having made thirty four appearances and scored three goals.
- FA Youth Cup: 2005–6, 2006–7
- Team of the round: Falkirk – September 2010
- "Professional retain list & free transfers 2012/13" (PDF). The Football League. 18 May 2013. p. 44. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
- "Ryan Flynn". Liverpool FC website. 30 June 2009. Retrieved 15 July 2011.
- "Ryan Flynn set for another season on loan". Liverpool Echo. 30 June 2009. Retrieved 15 July 2011.
- "Falkirk 1–0 Vaduz". BBC Sport. 16 June 2009. Retrieved 15 July 2011.
- "Young player prize for Falkirk's Ryan Flynn". BBC Sport. 8 April 2010. Retrieved 8 April 2010.
- "United capture mighty Flynn". Sheffield United F.C. 14 July 2011. Retrieved 14 July 2011.
- "Oldham 0–2 Sheffield Utd". BBC. 6 August 2011. Retrieved 6 August 2011.