Tom Flanagan (footballer)

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Tom Flanagan
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Flanagan with Northern Ireland in 2019
Personal information
Full name Thomas Michael Flanagan [1]
Date of birth (1991-10-21) 21 October 1991 (age 32) [2]
Place of birth Hammersmith, London, England
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.94 m) [3]
Position(s) Defender
Team information
Current team
Shrewsbury Town
Number 33
Youth career
0000–2010 Milton Keynes Dons
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2010–2015 Milton Keynes Dons 37 (3)
2011Kettering Town (loan) 8 (1)
2012–2013Gillingham (loan) 13 (1)
2013Barnet (loan) 9 (0)
2014Stevenage (loan) 2 (0)
2015Plymouth Argyle (loan) 4 (0)
2015–2018 Burton Albion 75 (2)
2018–2022 Sunderland 91 (4)
2022– Shrewsbury Town 60 (2)
International career
2012 Northern Ireland U21 1 (0)
2017– Northern Ireland 13 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 19:57, 17 October 2023 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 23:23, 6 July 2021 (UTC)

Thomas Michael Flanagan (born 21 October 1991) is a professional footballer who plays as a defender for club Shrewsbury Town. Born in England, he plays for the Northern Ireland national team.

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Club career

Milton Keynes Dons

Flanagan captained the Milton Keynes Dons (MK Dons) under-18 team in January 2010 while a second-year scholar. [4] [5] He made his first-team debut for the MK Dons as an 82nd-minute substitute in a 5–0 defeat to Carlisle United on 13 February 2010. [6]

In August 2010, Flanagan signed his first professional contract with Milton Keynes Dons, on a 12-month deal with the option of a second year. [7] Six months later, he joined Kettering Town, [8] where he made his first professional start while out on loan at Kettering Town during the 2010–11 season. Soon after, his loan was extended until 3 March on 1 February. [9] A number of top performances earned him a recall [10] and was put straight into the line up for a midweek defeat at home, to Leyton Orient [11] where he made his league debut of the season in a 3–2 loss on 15 February 2011. Later in the season, Flanagan also started the final game of the season against Oldham Athletic which ended up in a 2–1 away win. In 2011, he signed a new contract with the Dons; a one-year deal with the option of an additional 12 months. [12]

The following season, Flanagan was on the bench at the beginning of the season until playing his first match of the season against Charlton Athletic on 27 September 2011. Two months later on 19 November 2011, Flanagan scored his first goal for the club in a 5–1 win over Colchester United. Later on the season, Flanagan scored two more goals against Stevenage and Notts County. Flanagan earned a regular place in the starting eleven although being on the substitute bench. Flanagan made 21 appearances and scored three.

On 24 March 2014, Flanagan signed a new one-year contract with the Dons. [13]

Gillingham (loan)

On 30 July 2012, Flanagan signed a six-month loan deal with Gillingham of League Two, [14] After two appearances at Gillingham so far, Flanagan express delight of joining Gillingham and that the club went to have a good start [15] Three months at Gillingham, he scored his first goal in a 4–1 win over Burton Albion [16] After the match, Flanagan says increasing playing time helping his form at Gillingham. [17] His loan spell at Gillingham ended when he suffered a foot injury. [18]

While at Gillingham, he was called up for the Northern Ireland U21 squad. [19]

Barnet (loan)

On 14 March 2013, Flanagan joined another League Two side, Barnet, on loan until the end of the 2012–2013 season. [20] He made his debut for Barnet as an 82nd-minute substitute for John Oster in a 3–2 defeat at Accrington Stanley on 16 March 2013. [21]

Stevenage (loan)

On 26 March 2014, Flanagan joined fellow League One side Stevenage on loan until the end of the 2013–14 season. [22] On 25 April 2014, Flanagan was recalled from his loan due to injuries and fitness concerns in the Milton Keynes Dons squad. [23]

Plymouth (loan)

On 9 January 2015, Flanagan joined League 2 side Plymouth Argyle on loan for a month.

Burton Albion

On 25 August 2015, Flanagan joined League One side Burton Albion on a one-year deal following his release from MK Dons. [24]

He was transfer listed by the club at the end of the 2017–18 season, following their relegation. [25]

Sunderland

Sunderland completed the signing of Tom Flanagan on 28 June 2018, he signed a two-year deal. [26] On 23 July 2020 he signed a contract extension until the end of the 2021–2022 season.

Shrewsbury Town

On 31 January 2022, Flanagan joined Shrewsbury Town on a two-and-a-half year deal. [27]

International career

On 7 November 2012, Flanagan was called up to the Northern Ireland U21 team for their International Challenge Match against England which was played on 13 November 2012. [28] On 24 August 2016 Flanagan received his first call up to the senior Northern Ireland squad by manager Michael O'Neill. [29] Flanagan made his senior debut for Northern Ireland in a friendly 1–0 win over New Zealand on 2 June 2017. [30]

Career statistics

Club

As of match played 14 October 2023
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
ClubSeasonLeague FA Cup League Cup OtherTotal
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Milton Keynes Dons 2009–10 [31] League One 1000000010
2010–11 [32] League One2000000020
2011–12 [33] League One21320101 [lower-alpha 1] 0253
2012–13 [34] League One000000
2013–14 [35] League One7000100080
2014–15 [36] League One6020100090
2015–16 [37] Championship 000000
Total373403010453
Kettering Town (loan) 2010–11 [38] Conference Premier 8181
Gillingham (loan) 2012–13 [34] League Two 131101 [lower-alpha 1] 0151
Barnet (loan) 2012–13 [34] League Two9090
Stevenage (loan) 2013–14 [35] League One2020
Plymouth Argyle (loan) 2014–15 [36] League Two4040
Burton Albion 2015–16 [37] League One180101 [lower-alpha 1] 0200
2016–17 [39] Championship3001010320
2017–18 [40] Championship2721020302
Total752303010822
Sunderland 2018–19 [41] League One32230007 [lower-alpha 2] 0422
2019–20 [42] League One18100311 [lower-alpha 3] 0222
2020–21 [43] League One16010105 [lower-alpha 4] 0230
2021–22 [44] League One251102000281
Total91450611301155
Shrewsbury Town 2021–22 [44] League One141000000141
2022–23 [45] League One381202000421
2023–24 [46] League One8000102 [lower-alpha 3] 0110
Total602203020672
Career total2991314016118034714
  1. 1 2 3 Appearance(s) in Football League Trophy
  2. Four appearances in EFL Trophy, three in League One play-offs
  3. 1 2 Appearance(s) in EFL Trophy
  4. Appearances in EFL Trophy and the 2020–21 League One play-offs

Honours

Sunderland

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