Former Sheffield United winger Ryan Flynn has spoken about his time at Bramall Lane.
The Scottish midfielder spent five years with Sheffield United, predominantly down in League One. His time with the club was marred by the fact United couldn’t get themselves back to the Championship.
Flynn, now at St Mirren, was one of a number of Scottish players at the club during this time. The likes of Stefan Scougall, Stephen McGinn, and Jamie Murphy were also on the books.
However, it is United’s failure to win promotion which sits not so fondly in Flynn’s memory bank.
“I’ve got great memories from Sheffield United, but we never quite got promoted which was the disappointing part for me. We got to two FA Cup semi-finals and a League Cup semi-final which was obviously an unbelievable achievement for a League One team,” Flynn said, in an interview with the Daily Record.
Flynn had some excellent moments during those cup runs. He scored a stunning winner at then Premier League Aston Villa. He also got the opening goal in the FA Cup quarter-final tie against Charlton at home.
But despite those good moments, Flynn felt his spell with the Blades was a case of what might have been.
“It was too much of a nearly time at Sheffield United,” he added.
Despite having harsh memories of his time at the Lane, Flynn still looks out for his former club.
“Chris Wilder has come in and done a fantastic job and they’re flying now. I’m happy to see them doing so well,” Flynn remarked further.
Looking back at Ryan Flynn
Blades fans always felt there was something there with Flynn. He had a nice touch, was good enough with the ball and could contribute with crucial goals.
However, he definitely fell foul of what was simply a difficult period for the club. Those play-off defeats and cup losses arguably did more harm than good for the club at the time.
Despite this, Flynn can still look back fondly. Not many players can say they’ve played – and led – in an FA Cup semi at Wembley. Likewise not many can say they’ve scored in a quarter-final.
Ryan Flynn won’t be begrudged by most Sheffield United fans. He, like so many, will be looking out to see if the club can pick up three points against Burnley today.