As some readers, and certainly those who follow us on Twitter, will know here at Viva Rovers we take an interest not just in the fortunes of Doncaster Rovers, but also in those of Wales. It is to the latter of those interests that we dedicate today’s episode of Viva Video, but don’t click the red cross in the corner just yet Rovers fans, as there is also a Doncaster connection. That’s because tonight a former Rovers player takes charge of the national side for the first time. Its time for Bryan Flynn to take centre stage.
Flynn played for Rovers for two seasons in the 1980s, bookending a spell at Bury by spending the 1985-86 and 1987-88 seasons at Belle Vue. The Port Talbot born midfielder made over fifty appearances for Doncaster across those two spells, but at the time his playing career was coming to its tail end. And though he had ceased playing international football a year before that first spell with Rovers its a mark of his longevity and talent that he played many more fixtures in the red of Wales than in the red of Doncaster.
Today’s Viva Video comes from 12th June 1983, two years before Flynn moved to South Yorkshire and whilst he was in his second spell at Burnley. The fixture is an international friendly from Ninian Park as Wales host a Brazil side featuring Carlos Alberto, Careca, Socrates et al. Brazil had been favourites to lift the previous year’s World Cup only to go out in the second group phase having been surprised by a hat-trick from Paulo Rossi. Here in Cardiff they would be surprised early on too, and by the smallest man on the field, Brian Flynn. Here’s hoping he makes as sizable an impact as this tonight, 400 yards over the road as Wales take on Bulgaria.