McFlynn playing for Sydney FC in 2009
|Full name||Terence Martin McFlynn|
|Date of birth||27 March 1981|
|Place of birth||Magherafelt, Northern Ireland|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Central midfielder|
|Queens Park Rangers|
|1997–2001||Queens Park Rangers||2||(0)|
|2014||Bonnyrigg White Eagles||11||(0)|
|1998–2000||Northern Ireland U-19||12||(2)|
|2001||Northern Ireland U-21||3||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 January 2014.
McFlynn grew up in Swatragh, in Northern Ireland to a Catholic family. He played Gaelic Football for the first sixteen years of his life, one of Ireland's traditional sport, before he switched to football on advice from his uncle.
McFlynn began his footballing career in England as an apprentice at Queens Park Rangers in 1996. McFlynn made only two first-team appearances in his five-year stay at the club - his first-team debut was made on 28 April 2001. He was released in 2001 and signed for Woking. McFlynn made 10 appearances for the West Surrey club scoring only once, in a short half year deal.
McFlynn moved to Margate, initially on a one-month loan deal, but ended up being a useful three-year career, in November 2001. McFlynn quickly became a huge favourite with the Margate fans, helped by a stunning debut goal against Boston United. He made 63 appearances for the club and scoring a total of 11 goals. A hamstring injury late in 2002 saw McFlynn miss several key games and as a result was sold to Morecambe.
In 2003, McFlynn moved to Conference rivals Morecambe for £14,000 and, despite scoring on debut, he was unable to cement a spot in the team and was released in 2005, but made 35 appearances and scoring five goals in just 17 games.
Following the advice of former teammate and one-time New Zealand captain Chris Zoricich, McFlynn moved to Australia to play in the newly formed A-League and was signed by Sydney FC manager Pierre Littbarski after a successful trial in February 2005.
In his first season with Sydney FC, McFlynn made 21 appearances and proved to be a strong and determined player. He scored a memorable first goal for the club in round five of the 2005–06 season against the Queensland Roar in which he lobbed their goalkeeper, Tom Willis, from 30 meters out to round off a 3–1 victory to Sydney FC.
Sydney FC progressed to the inaugural A-League Grand Final, which was played at the Sydney Football Stadium on 5 March 2006. McFlynn played the full 90 minutes as Sydney FC defeated the Central Coast Mariners 1–0 in front of 41,689 spectators to become the inaugural A-League champions.
He failed to make an impact on the 2006–07 A-League season when he picked up a hamstring injury and as a result, only making 13 appearances, without scoring.
In the 2007–08 season he scored two more goals. One against Central Coast Mariners, in Sydney's 5–4 win and against Wellington Phoenix which Sydney won 2–0. Both of these goals were in the latter half of the season.
In February 2008 McFlynn signed a new contract with Sydney for a further two years. He scored his fourth goal in Sydney's fifth match in the A-League 2008-09, against Adelaide United in Sydney's 3–0 victory, with a volley from outside the box. Another goal for Sydney against F3 Freeway rivals Central Coast Mariners took his tally to five. In a match against Adelaide United at Hindmarsh Stadium in which he was given a straight red card he sustained five week knee injury. However, he returned to the bench in the third game of the season against Adelaide United in their 2–0 loss at the Adelaide Oval. His sixth goal for the club came against rivals Central Coast Mariners, scoring the only goal in their 1–0 victory. Speaking after the game McFlynn said it was his most memorable, as his first child had been born the week before, not to mention it was his first game after returning from a thigh injury.
In November 2009, Sydney FC held a press conference to inform the public that they had re-signed McFlynn on a further three-year contract, up until 2013. This will mean by the end of this contract, McFlynn will have been with the club for eight years. McFlynn further commented saying
I don't want to play football for any other clubs, either in Australia or anywhere else," he said "I've been at Sydney FC for five years and I couldn't be happier to be signing on for another three years. "I have grown to love the club, my family is here and I see Sydney as my home."
On 26 February 2010 it was announced that he had received permanent Australian residency, and hoped to gain Australian citizenship. As a result he will no longer be counted as one of the five allotted international players, but will still be able to represent Northern Ireland if the opportunity arises.
McFlynn led Sydney FC into their first game of the AFC Champions League against K-League club Suwon Samsung Bluewings FC. However his role would end after just 32 minutes when he was sent off for stomping on Korean player Lee Sang-ho. After a two-match suspension, he returned to the senior team to help lead Sydney FC to a 3-2 victory over Shanghai Shenhua in Shanghai.
After captaining Sydney to the 2011-12 A-League finals, McFlynn made his 150th appearance in the semi-final against Wellington Phoenix at Westpac Stadium. However it was not to be a happy anniversary, with Wellington defeating Sydney 3-2 and knocking them out of the finals in the process.
On 6 April 2014, McFlynn announced he would leave Sydney FC and retire from A-League football after nine years. He also rejected offers from other A-League clubs to stay loyal to Sydney.
Bonnyrigg White Eagles
Club career statistics
With Sydney FC:
- A-League Premiership: 2009-2010
- A-League Championship: 2005-2006, 2009-2010
- Oceania Club Championship: 2004-2005
- Most appearances in all competitions: 214
- Most A-League appearances: 178
- Longest-serving player: 9 seasons (2005-06 - 2013-14)
- "A visiting stopgap who's here to stay". The Sydney Morning Herald. 7 October 2005.
- A visiting stopgap who's here to stay
- 2005-06 A-League Grand Final match summary
- That's the daddy of them all for Terry
- Tmac sticks with Sydney
- Terry McFlynn's Aussie pride advances FC
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- "Roar outclass Sydney FC". A-League. 21 August 2010. Retrieved 23 August 2010.
- "Sydney FC's clash with Korea". The Daily Telegraph. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 5 March 2011.
- "Comeback Kings Sydney Seal Vital Win". Australian FourFourTwo. 19 April 2011. Retrieved 20 April 2011.
- Sygall, David (1 April 2011). "Heart's success spurs McFlynn to call for second Sydney team". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 1 April 2012.
- "Bonnyrigg White Eagles snap up McFlynn". Retrieved 28 May 2014.