Brian Flynn

Brian Flynn was most recently a Scout for Swansea City A.F.C.

The diminutive former Burnley, Leeds and Wales midfielder was one of the smallest players in football at just 5' 3". But he has always stood tall in the game as a man of devotion and honesty whose loyalty to Wrexham is legendary.

Flynn became the longest-serving manager in the Welsh club's history, holding the job for 12 years from 1989. He also outstripped John Neal's record of 405 league games, totalling 628.

While still a player, Brian took over a club in danger of falling out of existence. They were bottom in his first season and only avoided dropping out of the League because of a temporary expansion to 93 clubs.

The following season saw a dramatic revival, including a famous FA Cup third round victory over defending First Division champions Arsenal.

In 1993 Wrexham were promoted from the bottom division and Flynn established his team at the higher level. More cup exploits followed. Wrexham equalled their best ever run in the FA cup by reaching the quarter finals in 1997.

A year later they finished seventh, just outside the play-offs. After finally leaving the Racecourse Ground in 2001, Flynn resurfaced at Swansea where he saved a struggling team from relegation with a 4-2 win over Hull on the last day.

Brian was also the manager who signed Lee Trundle, who became a prolific marksman for the South Wales club following his departure.

Brian was then in charge of Wales' national youth teams, including the Under-21s, since 2004 before joining Doncaster. He also spent a two-game caretaker spell in charge of the senior side. He was acknowledged for playing a huge and important role in the development of players including Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey, Joe Allen and Wayne Hennessey.

He was later confirmed as the manager of Doncaster Rovers on January 17, 2013 after the departure of Dean Saunders.  Brian was initially appointed as Head of Recruitment on August 1, 2012.

He enjoyed immediate success in the role as he guided the club back to the Championship by winning the npower League One title, in an incredible finale to the promotion showdown at the end of 2012/13 season.

After the promotion, Flynn reverted to a Director of Scouting role at Doncaster before leaving the Club prior to the 2014/15 season.

As a player, Flynn won 66 caps for Wales in a nine-year international career that saw him captain the side. Now he controls all Wales youth sides up to and including the Under 21s.

He enjoyed two spells at Burnley, either side of four years with Leeds, and also played for Cardiff, Doncaster, Bury and then Wrexham, where he was promoted from the dressing room.

Honours (2)
  • promotions
    • Doncaster Rovers:
      • Promotion to npower Championship, (2013-04-27)
  • personal-awards
    • Swansea City:
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet League Two, (2003-08-01)
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