Ryan Flynn (footballer)

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Ryan Flynn
Ryan Flynn playing in an away game for Sheffield United
Flynn playing for Sheffield United in 2013
Personal information
Full name Ryan Flynn[1]
Date of birth (1988-09-04) 4 September 1988 (age 27)
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Sheffield United
Number 7
Youth career
 –2005 Falkirk
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2009 Liverpool 0 (0)
2008–2009 Wrexham (loan) 25 (4)
2009–2011 Falkirk 69 (10)
2011– Sheffield United 137 (11)
National team
2007–2009 Scotland U19 3 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:48, 24 January 2016 (UTC).
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 06:38, 15 July 2011 (UTC)

Ryan Flynn (born 4 September 1988) is a Scottish 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.

Career[edit]

Liverpool[edit]

Flynn's began his career as a junior player with Falkirk, but signed for Liverpool in 2005 for £50,000.[2] Flynn helped Liverpool win successive FA Youth Cup victories in the 2005–06 and 2006–07 seasons, scoring the winner against Manchester City in the 2007 final.[3] In his third season at the club, he helped them win the Northern Premier Reserve League Title, in the 2007–08 season.[3] Flynn was loaned to Conference National club Wrexham for the latter part of the 2008–09 season,[3] scoring an equalising goal against Harrow on his début. In all, Flynn scored four goals in 25 appearances for Wrexham.[3]

Falkirk[edit]

Flynn was then loaned back to his first club, Falkirk, for the 2009–10 season.[3] 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.[4] In mid September it was announced that his move had been made permanent and he signed a three-year contract with Falkirk.[5] 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.[5]

Sheffield United[edit]

On 14 July 2011, Flynn signed for Sheffield United for an undisclosed fee on a three-year deal[6] and made his competitive club début on the first day of the 2011–12 season, starting the Football League match against Oldham Athletic.[7] During his first season at Bramall Lane Flynn established himself as first team player despite competing with the likes of Republic of Ireland International Stephen Quinn for a place in the starting eleven. He finished the campaign having made thirty five appearances and scored three goals. This campaign ended with United finishing 3rd in League One and making the Play Off final. Flynn started in this game as United lost on penalties to Huddersfield at Wembley.

In season 2012/13 Flynn appeared 44 times for the Blades scoring 3 goals as the side again made the play offs in League One. In 2013/14 Sheffield United embarked on a memorable FA Cup campaign which culminated in them reaching the Semi-Final at Wembley in which they lost 5-3 to Hull City. Flynn starred for the side throughout the campaign, scoring the winning goal against Premier League side Aston Villa at Villa Park and also scoring as they beat Championship side Charlton.

In May 2014, Flynn signed an extension to his contract for a further two-year with the option of a third year.[8]

In 2014/15 Flynn and Sheffield United went on another famous cup run, this time making the Semi-Final of the League Cup. They beat West Ham at Upton Park as well as Southampton at Bramall Lane en route to the Semi Final where they met Spurs and lost narrowly 3-2 on aggregate. Flynn showed his versatility by starting both games against Spurs at right back and performing impressively. The season ended once more with United making the League One Play Offs only to lose to Swindon Town 7-6 on aggregate.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 1 June 2015.[9]
Club Season Division League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Liverpool 2008–09 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wrexham (loan) 2008–09 Conference Premier 25 4 0 0 2[A] 0 27 4
Liverpool 2009–10 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Falkirk (loan) 2009–10 Scottish Premier League 36 5 1 0 1 0 1[B] 1 39 6
Falkirk 2010–11 33 5 2 0 3 2 0 0 38 7
Falkirk total 69 10 3 0 4 2 1 1 77 13
Sheffield United 2011–12 League One 26 2 3 1 1 0 5[C] 0 35 3
2012–13 36 3 4 0 1 0 3[C] 0 44 3
2013–14 30 5 8 2 1 0 1[D] 0 40 7
2014–15 34 1 5 2 5 0 1 0 45 3
Sheffield United total 126 11 20 5 8 0 10 0 164 16
Career total 220 25 23 5 12 2 13 1 268 33
A. ^ Includes matches played in the FA Vase.
B. ^ Includes match played in the Europa League.
C. ^ Includes matches played in the Football League Trophy and the play–offs.
D. ^ Includes matches played in the Football League Trophy.

Honours[edit]

Liverpool
Personal
Team
  • Team of the round: Falkirk – September 2010

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Professional retain list & free transfers 2012/13" (PDF). The Football League. 18 May 2013. p. 44. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Ryan Flynn". Liverpool F.C. 30 June 2009. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Ryan Flynn set for another season on loan". Liverpool Echo. 30 June 2009. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Falkirk 1–0 Vaduz". BBC Sport. 16 June 2009. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c "Young player prize for Falkirk's Ryan Flynn". BBC Sport. 8 April 2010. Retrieved 8 April 2010. 
  6. ^ "United capture mighty Flynn". Sheffield United F.C. 14 July 2011. Retrieved 14 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "Oldham 0–2 Sheffield Utd". BBC. 6 August 2011. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  8. ^ "Flynn signs new Blades deal". Sheffield United F.C. 2 May 2014. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  9. ^ Ryan Flynn career statistics at Soccerbase Retrieved 1 June 2015.

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