Jonathan Flynn - Player Profile


Full Name:Jonathan Flynn
Born:November 18th, 1989 (Belfast)
Position:Defender
Signed:September 8th, 2006
First Manager:Tommy Wright
Left Club:May 31st, 2018
Career Stats: 61 appearances, 4 goals
Debut (as sub): September 29th, 2007 - Ballymena United 0 - 4 Glentoran (League - Irish Premier League)
Full Debut: October 3rd, 2007 - Ballymena United 1 - 2 Crusaders (County Antrim Shield - Semi-final)
First Goal: October 3rd, 2007 - Ballymena United 1 - 2 Crusaders (County Antrim Shield - Semi-final)
Also Played For:Accrington Stanley, Blackburn Rovers, Chester City, Cliftonville, Falkirk, Portadown, Ross County

 Season  League Apps Gls ClnCtGR Yel Red W D L
 2017-2018  NIFL Premiership 22 (3) 1 6 0.24 6 0 36.0% 16.0% 48.0%
 2016-2017  NIFL Premiership 19 (2) 2 5 0.24 3 0 52.4% 9.5% 38.1%
 2007-2008  Irish Premier League 14 (1) 1 4 0.27 1 0 40.0% 26.7% 33.3%
55 (6) 4 15 0.25

 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 Cln = Clean Sheets | CtGR = Clean Sheets to Games Ratio | W/D/L - Games won, drawn or lost as percentage of games played in
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals

 Most Recent 1st Team Starts:
 Apr 28th, 2018 League  (H)  vs. Crusaders 1 - 2
 Apr 21st, 2018 League  (A)  vs. Glenavon 0 - 0
 Apr 3rd, 2018 League  (H)  vs. Cliftonville 0 - 3
 Mar 26th, 2018 League  (H)  vs. Ballinamallard United 2 - 0
 Mar 23rd, 2018 League  (A)  vs. Glentoran 2 - 1
 
 Most Recent Goals:
 Mar 20th, 2018 League  (A)  vs. Cliftonville 2 - 1
 Mar 18th, 2017 League  (H)  vs. Glentoran 2 - 4
 Mar 11th, 2017 League  (H)  vs. Portadown 3 - 0
 Oct 3rd, 2007 County Antrim Shield  (H)  vs. Crusaders 1 - 2

Formerly a teenage star defender who moved from United to Blackburn Rovers, returned for a second spell at Ballymena eight years later.

Having been plucked from youth football at Newhill Under-16’s, the Poleglass born defender was quickly spotted and escalated into Ballymena United’s successful Reserve League championship winning side during the 2006/2007 season under David Dorrian. It would only be a matter of time before he progressed into Tommy Wright’s first-team squad during the 2007/2008 season, but the 17-year-old was accelerated into the fray quicker than expected – coming into a team out of form and struggling to stop conceding goals in October 2007.

Wright brought the defender in for the County Antrim Shield semi-final against Crusaders and the teenager repaid his manager’s faith with a debut goal, despite a narrow 2-1 defeat. Flynn retained his place and proved to be the catalyst for a super 14-game unbeaten run, cementing his place as one of the hottest properties in Irish League football – attracting interest from many clubs including Manchester City and Blackburn Rovers of the English Premier League.

In January 2008, Jonathan (now a Northern Ireland Under-19 international) sealed a move to Rovers having impressed on a two-week trial facilitated through the Lancashire club’s chief scout Barry Hunter in a deal worth £40,000 plus potential add-ons. Flynn’s first full season (2008/2009) at Ewood Park progressed well, as he quickly cemented his place in the club’s Reserve team and was on the cusp of the first team, whilst at the same time he was also was appointed captain of the Northern Ireland Under-21 side.

The following season, a short loan spell at Conference side Chester City in October 2009 was soon followed by a loan move to Accrington Stanley the following month, a deal which was extended to the end of the 2009/2010 season. Progress for the youngster had now stalled at Rovers and in August 2010, the defender was granted a free transfer to Scottish First Division side Ross County ahead of the 2010/2011 season. The now 22-year-old finally found regular first team football and was part of the Ross County side that won the Scottish Challenge Cup in April 2011 against Queen of the South.

First team opportunities were limited for Flynn the following season as Ross County won the Scottish First Division title in 2011/2012, so whilst his team-mates moved to the SPL, the Belfast born defender stayed in the First Division – signing for Falkirk in June 2012 for a nominal fee on a two year deal. Similar to his time in the Highlands, his first season (2012/2013) seen a lot more first team football than the second, as Falkirk lost in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup to Hibernian. The following season (2013/2014) Falkirk narrowly missed out on promotion to the Scottish Premier League but by this stage Flynn had already decided to return home to Northern Ireland after six years in professional football on the mainland.

In March 2014, Flynn signed a pre-contract agreement with League Champions, Cliftonville despite strong interest from Ballymena United manager Glenn Ferguson. During two seasons at Solitude, Flynn added two League Cup winners’ medal (2014 & 2015), County Antrim Shield winners’ medal (2015) and a NIFL Charity Shield winners’ medal (2014). Johnny struggled for consistency at Solitude, as the North Belfast Reds lost their grip on the League Championship and manager Tommy Breslin left the club mid-season, being replaced by Gerard Lyttle.

Jonathan finally returned back to Ballymena United during the summer of 2016, with new Sky Blues’ boss pouncing to bring the defender home following the expiration of his Cliftonville contract. He made his second United debut in the 6-0 opening day defeat to Crusaders at Seaview in August 2016.

Honours
(with Ross County)
Scottish First Division: (winner) 2011/2012
Scottish Challenge Cup: (winner) 2010/2011
(with Cliftonville)
League Cup: (winner) 2015/2016
County Antrim Shield: (winner) 2014/2015
Charity Shield: (winner) 2014/2015
(with Ballymena United)
League Cup: (finalist) 2017/2018

International Honours
Northern Ireland Under-21
Northern Ireland Under-20
Northern Ireland Under-19

Last updated: 18 December 2018

 Goals Scored
Oct 3rd, 2007 County Antrim Shield  (H)  vs. Crusaders 1 - 2 (63')
Mar 11th, 2017 League  (H)  vs. Portadown 3 - 0 (59')
Mar 18th, 2017 League  (H)  vs. Glentoran 2 - 4 (58')
Mar 20th, 2018 League  (A)  vs. Cliftonville 2 - 1 (73')

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