Sydney FC foundation player Terry McFlynn has announced his retirement at the end of the current A-League season. Sundays match against Perth Glory could be the final game at Allianz Stadium for the former club captain as any finals games for the Sky Blues are likely to be away from home.
While he may not have had the talent of others who have come and gone at Sydney FC, you would struggle to name a player who has given as much effort as the Northern Irishman. His club record 178 league appearances for the Sky Blues will possibly never be beaten given the nature of the A-League and its salary cap. Sadly for McFlynn, he will not be able to take to the field for a farewell as he has yet to overcome a thigh injury sustained on Australia Day.
While his two championship medals are undoubtedly the highlights of his career, it is the 2012/13 season that perhaps sums up McFlynn and his character. After going through a run of poor form in early season – culminating in being booed off by his own fans when being substituted – he found himself out of favour after the arrival of new coach Frank Farina.
With injuries and suspensions affecting the squad in the second half of the season the door opened for a return to the side, and he was one of the key players in establishing a run of home wins that ultimately ended with Sydney falling one place short of the finals. McFlynn had restored and repaired his reputation with the fans, and The Cove were once again chanting the name of their longest serving player.
When McFlynn and his family are presented to the crowd at Allianz Stadium the reception he will receive will be well deserved. With Sydney FC needing only a point to cement their place in this year’s finals series, it could be a double celebration at Allianz Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Sunday 13th April, Allianz Stadium Moore Park 17:00
Sydney FC v Perth Glory