Sean Flynn (footballer)

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Sean Flynn
Personal information
Full name Sean Flynn
Date of birth (1968-03-13) 13 March 1968 (age 46)
Place of birth Birmingham, England
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
000?–1991 Halesowen Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1995 Coventry City 97 (9)
1995–1997 Derby County 59 (3)
1997 Stoke City (loan) 5 (0)
1997–2000 West Bromwich Albion 109 (7)
2000–2002 Tranmere Rovers 66 (6)
2002–2003 Kidderminster Harriers 51 (2)
2003–2004 Evesham United
2004–2005 Redditch United
2005 Evesham United
2005–2008 Redditch United
2008–2009 Bodmin Town
2009 Mullion
2009–2011 Falmouth Town
2011–2012 Penzance
2012 Falmouth Town
Total 387 (27)
Teams managed
2009 Mullion
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Sean Flynn (born 13 March 1968) is a former English footballer who played as a midfielder.

Flynn notably played in the Premier League for Coventry City and Derby County, and in the Football League for Stoke City, West Bromwich Albion and Tranmere Rovers. He finished his professional career with Kidderminster Harriers, before moving into non-league appearing part-time for Evesham United, Redditch United, Bodmin Town and Penzance. He was briefly player/manager of Mullion as well as holding various coaching roles at other clubs he has played for in recent years.

Playing career[edit]

Coventry City[edit]

Flynn signed for Coventry City from non-league Halesowen Town in December 1991 and made his debut in August of the following year as a second half substitute for Davis Smith in a 2–1 Premier League victory over Middlesbrough at Highfield Road, eventually going on to record 105 games and 10 goals for the Sky Blues over the next 5 years. In August 1995, after being told by then-Coventry manager Ron Atkinson, that he was no longer required at the club.

Derby County[edit]

Flynn dropped a division to Division One to become one of Jim Smith's first signings at Derby County for a fee of £250,000.[1] Flynn's time at Derby proved to be successful as he was part of the side which finished runner-up to Sunderland in the 1995–96 Division One table and earn promotion to the FA Premier League for the first time. Flynn started the Premier League campaign in the Derby first team, scoring an 80th minute winner at Blackburn Rovers in Derby's 5th game of the season to earn them their maiden win of a season which saw the Rams eventually finish 12th, but eventually found himself pushed to the fringes of the Derby squad and joined Stoke City on loan in March 1997 where he made five appearances. After 65 games and 3 goals for Derby.

Later career[edit]

Flynn made the switch to his boyhood club West Bromwich Albion for a fee of £260,000 in August 1997.

As a West Bromwich Albion fan one of the highlights of his career was when he captained the team. He played 122 games and scored 8 goals for the Baggies. In July 2000 Flynn moved on a free transfer to Tranmere Rovers and spent 2 years there playing 82 games and scoring 11 goals in all competitions before leaving to sign for Kidderminster Harriers in August 2002 again on a free transfer and Flynn made 57 appearances scoring 2 goals before leaving in the September 2003.

Non League[edit]

Flynn played 436 games and scored 34 goals in his years as a pro footballer. He joined Evesham United in 2003, staying until 2004 when he moved to Redditch United. He had moved back to Evesham and then back again to Redditch by 2005 and eventually stayed with Redditch until 2008 when he moved to Cornwall to open a caravan park.

As well as running his business he joined Bodmin Town in 2008 where he went on to win a league and cup domestic treble, as well as player of the year, managers player of the year and supporters player of the year. In 2009 he joined Mullion as player/manager but left shortly afterwards to team up with former Bodmin manager Alan Carey at Falmouth Town. Carey appointed Flynn as player/assistant manager and he remained with the club until joining Penzance in 2011. He returned to Falmouth as a player in March 2012.

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Coventry City 1991–92 First Division 22 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 22 2
1992–93 Premier League 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
1993–94 Premier League 36 3 1 0 2 0 0 0 39 3
1994–95 Premier League 32 4 2 0 3 1 0 0 37 5
Total 97 9 3 0 5 1 0 0 105 10
Derby County 1995–96 First Division 42 2 1 0 3 0 0 0 46 2
1996–97 Premier League 17 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 19 1
Total 59 3 3 0 3 0 0 0 65 3
Stoke City (loan) 1996–97 First Division 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Total 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
West Bromwich Albion 1997–98 First Division 35 2 1 0 4 0 0 0 40 2
1998–99 First Division 38 2 1 0 2 0 0 0 41 2
1999–2000 First Division 36 4 0 0 5 1 0 0 41 5
Total 109 7 2 0 11 1 0 0 122 7
Tranmere Rovers 2000–01 First Division 35 1 4 0 5 0 0 0 44 1
2001–02 Second Division 31 5 4 3 3 2 0 0 38 10
Total 66 6 8 3 8 2 0 0 82 11
Kidderminster Harriers 2002–03 Third Division 45 2 1 0 1 0 3 0 50 2
2003–04 Third Division 6 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 7 0
Total 51 2 1 0 2 0 3 0 57 2
Career Total 387 28 17 3 33 4 3 0 440 35
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Football League Trophy.

Personal life[edit]

Flynn has owned an ran his own caravan park in Cornwall since 2008

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ridley, Ian (13 August 1995). "Club-by-club guide: The prospects, the players to watch, the arrivals and departures". The Independent (London). Retrieved 30 April 2013.