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Terry McFlynn

Name: Terence McFlynn
Born: 27 March 1981, Magherafelt
Height: 5.09 ft
Weight: 10.05 st
Position: Midfielder

Representative Honours: Northern Ireland: 1 Under-23 Cap (2004), 19 Under-21 Caps / 2 Goals (2000-2003), Under-18, Under-16, 7 Schoolboy Caps.
Club Honours: (with Morecambe) Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy Winner 2003/04; (with Sydney) A-League Championship Winner 2005/06, 2009/10; A-League Premier Winner 2009/10; Oceania Club Championship Winner 2004/05; FIFA Club World Championship Fifth Place 2005.

Club Career:
FA Cup
FL Cup
1 (1)/ 0
5 (5)/ 1
21 (0)/ 3
28(12)/ 5
24 (8)/ 4
Sydney FC
(NSW Premier Lge)

A combative midfielder, Terry McFlynn's playing career began with QPR where he captained their Under-19 side to the final of the Premier League Youth Academy play-offs in 2001 and was a regular in their reserve team. At the time he was also a regular for Northern Ireland Under-21s, having previously graduated from the youth set-up. In all McFlynn won 19 Under-21 caps, a record bettered only by Sean Friars, and also captained the team on several occasions.

McFlynn made his QPR firstteam debut at Loftus Road, as a substitute, against Stockport County on 28 April 2001 which resulted in a 3-0 defeat. He made his only other senior appearance a week later in a 1-1 draw at Wolves before the cash-strapped club released him along with fourteen other players. He stepped down to the Football Conference and had his most productive spell with Margate.

In November 2003 ex-Northern Ireland assistant-manager Jim Harvey splashed £14,000 on McFlynn's signature with the idea of deploying him just behind a loan striker. He impressed on fitfully in that role and also appeared on the right and centre of midfield. His best performance for the club was perhaps in the second leg of the Lancashire Trophy final against Accrington Stanley. In December 2004 it was announced that McFlynn would be allowed to leave Morecambe with Harvey noting: "He's got great talent, which I see in training, but he's not been able to produce that in the first team."

In February 2004, on the advice of former Margate teammate and New Zealand international Chris Zoricich, McFlynn decided to try his hand in Australia. He joined Sydney FC after a successful trial and was a key player for them as they claimed the inaugural A-League Championship in 2005/06. In December 2005 he played at the FIFA World Club Championship, one of only two Northern Irish players to do so, having helped Sydney claim the Oceania Club Championship. In 2010 he was stand-in captain as Sydney collected a second A-League Championship and for the following season he was awarded the team captaincy officially.

Continued good form for Sydney has seen calls from some quarters for McFlynn to be awarded a call-up to the Northern Ireland squad. Any such move seems unlikely simply on the basis that there are players featuring at a similar or better level much closer to home and the logistics and cost of flying a player half-way around the world would be prohibitive for the Irish FA.

In 2010 McFlynn gained Australian residency, a possible step towards citizenship. While he will still be eligible to represent Northern Ireland should he be selected, he will no longer be counted as one of Sydney's five allotted "international" players. He was named Sydney FC's Clubman of the Year in 2011/12 and when the club announced that he would not be retained at the end of the 2013/14 season he decided to retire rather than turn-out for another club. However, he then signed for Bonnyrigg White Eagles of the New South Wales Premier League.

Margate Profile
Sydney FC Profile
FIFA Record
Soccerbase 1 2

Northern Ireland Under-21 Cap Details:
28-03-2000 Malta..... A W 2-1 FR. sub
02-06-2000 Wales..... H D 2-2 ITT sub
01-09-2000 Malta..... H D 1-1 ECQ sub
23-03-2001 Czech Rep. H L 0-2 ECQ sub
27-03-2001 Bulgaria.. A L 0-2 ECQ sub
01-06-2001 Bulgaria.. H D 1-1 ECQ sub
05-06-2001 Czech Rep. A L 0-4 ECQ
31-08-2001 Denmark... A L 0-2 ECQ sub
04-09-2001 Iceland... H L 1-3 ECQ sub
15-02-2002 Germany... H L 0-1 FR
06-09-2002 Scotland.. A D 1-1 FR. sub
11-10-2002 Spain..... A L 0-1 ECQ sub
11-02-2003 Finland... H W 3-1 FR. sub 1 Goal
28-03-2003 Armenia... A L 0-2 ECQ
01-04-2003 Greece.... H L 2-6 ECQ sub
10-06-2003 Spain..... H L 1-4 ECQ sub
05-09-2003 Ukraine... A L 0-1 ECQ
09-09-2003 Armenia... H W 3-1 ECQ sub 1 Goal
10-10-2003 Greece.... A W 1-0 ECQ

Summary: 5(14)/2. Won 4, Drew 4, Lost 11.

Photo by kind permission of OJM from OWC.

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