St. david's press - Football

November 2017

192pp + 16pp photo section



978 1 902719 696


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Brian Flynn 


Leon Barton

"Brian deserves so much credit — the plan was to find Welsh players wherever we could and he was brilliant at it … he put the miles in. If your dog was Welsh, Flynnie would know about it."

John Toshack


"There’s no question Brian is the best manager I’ve seen at Wrexham, he gave us so many amazing memories." 
Bryn Law


Little Wonder is the story of how a man who stood at less than 5 foot and 4 inches not only survived, but thrived, in the agricultural world of British football in the 1970s and '80s, playing several seasons of top flight football for Burnley and Leeds United and winning 66 Wales caps along the way.

It’s the story of nearly 14 years spent managing Welsh clubs in the English pyramid system, leaving a legacy at Wrexham that was subsequently squandered, and one at Swansea City that was built upon to stunning effect.

And it’s the story of how, from the lows of perpetual heartbreak and failure, in 2016 Welsh football finally stepped out from under the shadow of rugby union, having painstakingly built a team to make the nation proud.


Perhaps more than any other individual, the story of Brian Flynn is also the story of the game in Wales over the past four and a half decades. As a player, coach and manager - for club and country - it’s difficult to think of anyone else who has contributed more on the frontline in that time. 

This is Flynn’s story.


Part 1: Don't Judge a Book by its Cover

1. Steeltown

2. Milltown

3. Dragon Heart, Claret Blood

4. Hand of Jaws

5 Nuts

6. Journeyman


Part 2: Big Boss Man

7. Milk Money

8. Magic

9. Psycho, Drama

10. Wrecked

11. The Ugly Duckling


Part 3: Children of The Revolution

12. Attitude, Intelligence, Ability

13. The Golden Generation

14. The Boy Who Would Be King

15. The Italian Job

16. The Audition


Afterword: Doncaster

Afterword: Bordeaux




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