Michael Flynn (footballer)

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Michael Flynn
Personal information
Full name Michael John Samuel Flynn[1]
Date of birth (1980-10-17) 17 October 1980 (age 36)
Place of birth Newport, Wales
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Newport County (caretaker manager)
Number 23
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2000 Newport County 20 (4)
2000–2001 Barry Town 8 (12)
2000–2001 Newport County 3 (1)
2001–2002 Barry Town 12 (12)
2002–2005 Wigan Athletic 37 (2)
2004 Blackpool (loan) 6 (0)
2005–2007 Gillingham 97 (19)
2007–2008 Blackpool 26 (3)
2008–2009 Huddersfield Town 25 (4)
2008 Darlington (loan) 4 (0)
2009–2012 Bradford City 91 (10)
2012–2015 Newport County 82 (5)
2015–2017 Undy Athletic 4 (3)
2017– Newport County 5 (0)
Teams managed
2015 Undy Athletic
2017– Newport County (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:21, 17 March 2017 (UTC).

Michael John Samuel Flynn (born 17 October 1980) is a Welsh footballer who is currently caretaker manager of Newport County.


Born in Newport, Flynn started his career playing for Newport County in 1999. A move to League of Wales club Barry Town beckoned in 2000. After forty goals in two seasons, including a goal in a 3–1 win over F.C. Porto in the second qualifying round of the Champions League, he moved to Wigan Athletic in the 2002–03 season.

Flynn spent a lot of his time on the substitutes' bench as Wigan won Division Two title. He made seventeen appearances in the league, fourteen of which came from the bench, and scored one goal. The next season did not start any better for Flynn as he started just one game and made seven appearances from the bench before he was loaned to then League One side Blackpool, where he started six times in the league and once in the FA Cup before returning to Wigan.

In the January transfer window of that season, Flynn joined Championship strugglers Gillingham on a free transfer. Despite his instant success, and his three goals in sixteen starts, Gillingham were relegated to League One on the last day of the season.

Although injury affected his 2005–06 season, Flynn scored six goals. He took over as captain for the 2006–07 season and became top scorer with twelve goals.

It was announced on 8 May 2007 that Flynn had been offered a new contract with Gillingham. He chose not to sign, and left the club when his contract expired at the end of June 2007.

On 5 July 2007, Flynn signed a one-year contract with Blackpool, with an option for a further year. On 3 December 2007, Flynn scored his first goal for Blackpool in the club's 1–1 away draw against Scunthorpe United. On 7 May 2008 he was released by Blackpool. On 23 July 2008, he became Stan Ternent's fifth signing at League One side Huddersfield Town. He along with 5 other players made his Town debut in the 1–1 draw against Stockport County at the Galpharm Stadium on 9 August 2008. On 27 August he scored his first goal for Huddersfield in the second round of the League Cup against Sheffield United. Town went on to lose the game 2–1. His first league goals for Town came in the 3–2 win over Northampton Town at the Galpharm Stadium on 20 September 2008.

Following a short spell on the sidelines following a hamstring injury, he joined Darlington on loan on 27 November 2008. He made his debut in the 1–0 defeat to Morecambe at Christie Park on 13 December. He returned to Huddersfield on 29 December.

On 4 August 2009, Flynn joined local rivals Bradford City on a free transfer. He made his debut four days later in the 5–0 defeat by Notts County at Meadow Lane and scored his first goal of the 2011–12 season in a 3–2 loss to Leeds United. On 28 April 2012 it was announced that he would leave Bradford as his contract was ended by mutual consent along with team mates Chris Mitchell and Craig Fagan.

On 25 July 2012 he re-signed for home-town club Newport County. In the 2012–13 season he was part of the Newport team that finished 3rd in the league, reaching the Conference National playoffs. Newport County won the playoff final versus Wrexham at Wembley Stadium 2–0 to return to the Football League after a 25-year absence with promotion to Football League Two.[2]

In May 2015 Flynn's playing contract came to an end and it was not extended by Newport.[3]

In January 2017 whilst first team coach at Newport Flynn registered as a player. He made his fourth debut for Newport in the League Two match on 28 January 2017 versus Hartlepool United as a second half substitute.[4]

Coaching and other roles[edit]

In May 2014, alongside his playing role, Flynn took over from Glyn Jones as director of Newport County's youth academy. Academy scholars Regan Poole, Aaron Collins and Tom Owen-Evans made first team debuts under Flynn's guidance. In May 2015 the Academy organisation was restructured in order to comply to FA guidelines. Following his release at the end of his playing contract Flynn applied for the senior role of Academy Manager but was unsuccessful. Flynn left the Academy following the appointment of Grant Kalahar as Academy Manager in June 2015. On 6 August 2015 Flynn joined Welsh Football League Division Two side Undy Athletic as player-manager. On 8 October 2015 Flynn rejoined Newport County as first team coach under new manager John Sheridan. In January 2016 Warren Feeney was appointed team manager and Flynn was retained as first team coach. In July 2016 Newport County appointed Flynn to a newly created role as Football and Business Development Director.[5] In October 2016 Flynn again rejoined the Newport County coaching staff under newly appointed manager Graham Westley[6]

On 9 March 2017 Flynn was appointed caretaker manager of Newport County for the remainder of the 2016-17 season following the sacking of Graham Westley with Newport 11 points adrift at the bottom of League Two. [7] Wayne Hatswell returned to the club as Assistant Manager to Flynn.

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 22 April 2017
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team Nat From To Record Ref
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Newport County (caretaker) Wales 9 March 2017 Present 10 6 1 3 11 13 −2 60.00 [8]
Total 10 6 1 3 11 13 −2 60.00


  1. ^ "The Football League Retained List". The Football League. 8 July 2015. Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  2. ^ Hughes, Dewi (5 May 2013). "Wrexham 0–2 Newport". BBC Sport. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  3. ^ Newport players released
  4. ^ Flynn Newport return
  5. ^ Flynn football and business development director
  6. ^ Flynn rejoins Newport
  7. ^ Flynn appointed Newport Caretaker Manager
  8. ^ "Newport County: Results/matches: 2016/17". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 13 March 2017.  Individual seasons accessed via dropdown menu.

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