Mike Flanagan (footballer)

Michael Flanagan (born 9 November 1952)[1] is an English former professional footballer and manager.

Mike Flanagan
Personal information
Full name Michael Flanagan
Date of birth (1952-11-09) 9 November 1952 (age 68)
Place of birth Ilford, Essex, England
Position(s) Forward
Youth career
Tottenham Hotspur
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1971–1979 Charlton Athletic 254 (85)
1978New England Tea Men (loan) 28 (30)
1979–1980 Crystal Palace 56 (8)
1980–1983 Queens Park Rangers 78 (20)
1983–1986 Charlton Athletic 93 (24)
1986–1987 Cambridge United 9 (3)
Total 518 (170)
National team
1978–1979 England B 3 (1)
Teams managed
1993–1995 Gillingham
1999–2000 Waterford United
2011–2012 Maldon & Tiptree
2015–2016 Brentwood Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing careerEdit

Flanagan made his debut for Charlton Athletic in the 1971-72 season and formed a successful partnership with Derek Hales, although the pair were once sent off in an FA Cup tie for fighting with each other.[2]

During the summer of 1978 Flanagan crossed the Atlantic and signed for the New England Tea Men of the NASL, and subsequently scored 30 goals in 28 league appearances. He also won the MVP award (Most Valuable Player) for the 1978 season, ahead of such players as the legendary Franz Beckenbauer.[3]

In summer 1979 he joined Crystal Palace for £650,000 where he played 56 games scoring 8 goals. December 1980 saw him join Queens Park Rangers. He was capped three times by England 'B', scoring once.[4] Whilst at QPR he played in the 1982 FA Cup Final.

Managerial careerEdit

Flanagan managed Gillingham from 1993 until 1995.[5] He also had a spell as manager of Waterford United.[6] He later became assistant manager of Margate, a post he left in July 2007.[7][8] He was caretaker manager at Maldon & Tiptree from November 2011 until May 2012,[9] and managed Brentwood Town between 2015 and 2016, a club where his son Adam has previously been manager.[10]


  1. ^ Mike Flanagan at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database
  2. ^ The Times
  3. ^ Sports Illustrated
  4. ^ RSSSF
  5. ^ "Soccerbase". Archived from the original on 27 November 2007. Retrieved 21 April 2008.
  6. ^ Irish Examiner Archived 22 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Margate F.C.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ Margate F.C.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ Maldon begin hunt for a new manager[permanent dead link] Maldon Chronicle, 10 May 2012
  10. ^ Flanagan Moves On After Drop Isthmian League