A player who could wreak more havoc on the opposition side from 40 yards out than most others could manage in the box, Tony Lynch was something else. Such was his slight of foot that he could dance his way through the Siegried Line without being spotted. And, when he wanted to, he could ping ’em in from all corners of the penalty area to make the Broadhall Way faithful rise to their feet. Well, those who sat in the Main Stand. Anyone in the East or North Terraces were already on their feet. But you get the picture…
Tony Lynch: Before Boro’
As part of our 1995-6 squad, Lynch picked up a GM Vauxhall Conference winner’s medal. But it wasn’t his first. And we’ll come to that in a sec. First, we’ll go back to the start of his career in early 1980s west London. Brentford was the first port of call, with four outings in the 1983-4 campaign. After going pro, Lynch started to make a name for himself at Griffin Park. But his time at the Bees ended in 1986 after Frank McLintock opted to release him.
Next up was a move into the Conference with Maidstone United, where Lynch enjoyed a successful first season. It was only one, however, before Wealdstone came in for him. In his three seasons at the Stones, the appearance count came close to 150 and the goals tally fell just shy of a half century. It caught the attention of Barnet; moving to another set of Bees in October 1990 and going onto pick up a Conference winner’s medal that term.
And after Barnet? Well, in came us…
Tony Lynch: After Boro’
A successful two years at Broadhall Way came to an end after we claimed the Conference title. After first moving to Yeovil, he moved north to Kettering Town in summer 1996. There was also a reserve outing for Peterborough United in March 1997, before Lynch made another summer switch; south to Hendon of the Isthmian League. The 1997-8 term seems to be his last in senior football – but it ended well; the Greens winning the 1998 Isthmian League Full Members’ Cup with a 4-1 win over Basingstoke Town. For the record, Lynch came on a sub in that match.