Frank McGlynn

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Frank McGlynn
Personal information
Irish name Frainc Mac Ghlionn
Sport Gaelic football
Position Right Half Back
Born Cloghan, County Donegal
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Occupation Teacher
Years Club
? - present Glenfin
Years County Apps (scores)
2006 - present Donegal 100+ (1-4+)
Inter-county titles
Ulster titles 3
All-Irelands 1
All Stars 1

Frank McGlynn (born 1986) is an Irish sportsperson. He plays Gaelic football with his local club Glenfin and has been a member of the Donegal senior inter-county team since 2006. In 2015, Pat Spillane included McGlynn in his top 40 footballers in the game today.[1]

Among other accolades, he has one All Star to his name (2012), one All-Ireland Senior Football Championship (2012), three Ulster Senior Football Championships (2011, 2012 and 2014). He was shortlisted for All Stars Footballer of the Year in 2012, but the award went to team-mate Karl Lacey.

Playing career[edit]


McGlynn played association football for Drumkeen United as a youngster.[2] He has also played soccer for Finn Harps at underage level.[3] His talent earned him trials with Wolverhampton Wanderers, Leeds United, Preston North End in soccer's English Football League. He played and scored for Everton in the Milk Cup - in a team which also featured Wayne Rooney, who went on to become one of the most-capped players and highest goalscorers in England team history.[2]


McGlynn made his senior inter-county debut in 2006.

A prominent part of the inter-county teams of the Jim McGuinness era, McGlynn won his first Ulster Senior Football Championship winners' medal with Donegal on 17 July 2011, becoming the first man from the Glenfin club to achieve this.[4] He had a terrific game on 22 July 2012 as Donegal retained the Ulster title for the first time in its history with a 2-18 to 0-13 victory over Down.[5] His goal that day sealed the win and remains the only goal he has scored for his county as of December 2017.[2]

Indeed, McGlynn's first Championship point only came in the 2012 Ulster Senior Football Championship. This was against Cavan; he followed this with a point against Derry, that goal against Down in the provincial final and yet another point in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship semi-final victory against Cork. He added another point against Mayo in the 2012 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final, bringing his 2012 championship season total to 1-04.[6] For a player in the left-full-back position this is considered a remarkable achievement at senior level.[7]

His next Championship match against Down was memorable for different reasons. Coming in the 2013 Ulster Senior Football Championship, McGlynn was concussed, as was team-mate Ryan Bradley, causing manager McGuinness to voice fears that one of his players would receive a spinal injury or a neck injury if the behaviour of their opponents continued in this way.[8][9]

McGlynn made his 100th inter-county appearance against Armagh in the 2014 Dr. McKenna Cup.[2]

Personal life[edit]

McGlynn is married to Diane, who also plays for their club Glenfin. They have three children: Harry, Gracie and Lucas. A teacher by profession, he has taught at Stramore National School, Glendowan, Churchill, Glenswilly. He enjoys darts and cards.[2]




  1. ^ "Spillane names Murphy as 'most complete footballer in the game'". 27 October 2015. Retrieved 27 October 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Bogue, Declan (13 September 2014). "Kerry offer a bigger threat than Dublin, to be Frank". The Belfast Telegraph. Independent News & Media. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "Finn Harps to take on All-Ireland champions". Ocean FM. 15 November 2012. Archived from the original on 19 November 2012. Retrieved 15 November 2012. Donegal goalkeepers Paul Durcan and Michael Boyle both spent some time on the books at Finn Park, while forward Patrick McBrearty and defender Frank McGlynn have turned out for Harps underage teams in the past. 
  4. ^ "Donegal easily beat poor Antrim team". Retrieved 2011-05-16. 
  5. ^ "History makers! Donegal double champions as Jim's boys retain Ulster title". Donegal Daily. 22 July 2012. Retrieved 22 July 2012. Ryan Bradley, Frank McGlynn and Leo McLoone had terrific games for Donegal. 
  6. ^ "Live updates from the All-Ireland finals at Croke Park". RTÉ Sport. RTÉ. 23 September 2012. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  7. ^ Campbell, John (19 September 2012). "Donegal put their faith in McGlynn to play a dual role and make the hard yards". The Belfast Telegraph. Independent News & Media. Retrieved 19 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "The hits are bigger than ever… but what is the GAA doing to manage concussion?". The Score. 3 August 2013. Archived from the original on 29 September 2013. Retrieved 3 August 2013. 
  9. ^ Roche, Frank (29 July 2013). "McGuinness hits out at physical impact". Evening Herald. Independent News & Media. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "An All-Star night to remember for Donegal". Donegal Democrat. Johnston Press. 27 October 2012. Retrieved 27 October 2012. Lacey pipped Colm McFadden and Frank McGlynn for the top award. The other two had already picked up two individual awards with Colm named as Irish News Player of the Year and Frank picking up the Star Player of the Year last weekend, which just shows how close the selection process must have been. 
  11. ^ "Donegal team clean up on Sunday Game Team of the Year". Donegal Daily. 23 September 2012. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  12. ^ McNulty, Chris (26 July 2012). "Frank McGlynn – June 2012 Donegal News Sports Personality Winner". Donegal News. Retrieved 26 July 2012. 

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