Michael Duff (footballer)

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Michael Duff
Personal information
Full name Michael James Duff[1]
Date of birth (1978-01-11) 11 January 1978 (age 36)[1]
Place of birth Belfast, Northern Ireland
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[1]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Burnley
Number 4
Youth career
Darlington
1995–1996 Carterton Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–2004 Cheltenham Town 300 (15)
1996–1997 Cirencester Town (loan) ? (?)
2004– Burnley 309 (7)
National team
2003 Northern Ireland B 1 (0)
2002–2012 Northern Ireland 24 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:21, 24 November 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19:22, 2 June 2012 (UTC)

Michael James Duff (born 11 January 1978) is a Northern Irish international footballer who plays for Burnley. He plays in the centre of defence or at right-back.

Career[edit]

Although born in Belfast Duff was raised in Bedale, North Yorkshire. As a school boy he represented North Yorkshire and joined the Darlington Football Club School of Excellence before moving to Cheltenham in 1994.

Spotted by Cheltenham Town scout Derek Bragg playing for Carterton Town, Duff joined Cheltenham, then playing in the Southern League. He had a spell on loan at Cirencester Town before returning to Cheltenham when Steve Cotterill took over as manager.[2] He became a regular for Cheltenham, and went on to play 242 games and score 15 times, including a 93rd-minute winner in a 3–2 victory at home to Yeovil in 1999 that secured Cheltenham Town promotion to the Football League.

On 5 July 2004, he made a £30,000[3] switch to Burnley where he became a regular, if not always automatic, first-team choice. Over the next couple of seasons he established himself as first choice right-back, although he had equally often played at centre-back. His first Burnley goal was credited in a League Cup game against Carlisle United, even though it might equally have been credited as an own goal. He finally got incontrovertibly on the score-sheet on 14 October 2006 against Hull City.

Duff was part of two of Northern Ireland's finest international moments of recent years; as a late substitute in their 1–0 victory over England on 7 September 2005 and then in a 3–2 victory over Spain on 6 September 2006.

In the 2007–08 season Duff picked up a serious injury during the Coca-Cola Championship match against Crystal Palace F.C at Turf Moor. The injury ruled Duff out for almost a year, causing him to miss the first half of Burnley's Barclays Premier League campaign. He suffered multiple ligament damage and hamstring damage as well as a cruciate knee injury.[4] Duff returned to play a cameo role at the end of the 2007–08 season. Duff started his first Premier League match on Boxing Day 2009 against Bolton at Turf Moor, having made his debut as a substitute in the preceding game versus Wolves. In doing so, he completed the rare feat of having played in each of the top six tiers of English football in ascending order during his career: the Southern League, Conference (prior to its 2004 re-organisation), League 2 and League 1 with Cheltenham Town, and the Championship and Premier League with Burnley.

After Burnley's relegation, Duff remained with the team and, over the next 3 seasons, was a frequent, though not automatic, first team choice as injuries and competition for places saw him play in roughly half of Burnley's league matches in each of the seasons through this period. By the summer of 2013, having earned a season extension for 2013–14 on the basis of his appearances, Duff was the longest-serving player at the club. On 2 July 2014 Duff signed a new one year contract with Burnley F.C.,Duff remains the only survivor of the squad that reached the Premier League in 2009 and his new deal means the Northern Ireland international will enter his 11th season with the club.

Personal life[edit]

Duff's younger brother, Shane, formerly played for Bradford City and was a team mate of Duff at Cheltenham Town. In 2011, Shane retired from football having suffered a serious back problem.

He grew up as a fan of Nottingham Forest and was at Hillsborough during the Hillsborough Disaster.

Honours[edit]

Cheltenham Town
Burnley

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 22 November 2014.
Club statistics
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Cheltenham Town
1996–97[5]
Southern League Premier 17 0 0 0 0 0 17 0
1997–98[6] Conference National 41 0 5 0 0 0 46 0
1998–99[7] Conference National 41 3 1 0 0 0 42 3
1999–2000[8] Third Division 31 2 2 0 0 0 2[a] 0 35 2
2000–01[9] Third Division 39 5 2 0 2 0 1[a] 0 44 5
2001–02[10] Third Division 45 3 5 0 1 0 5[b] 0 56 3
2002–03[11] Second Division 44 2 3 0 2 0 2[a] 0 51 2
2003–04[12] Third Division 42 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 45 0
Total 300 15 21 0 6 0 10 0 337 15
Burnley
2004–05[13]
Championship 42 0 2 0 4 0 48 0
2005–06[14]
Championship 41 0 1 0 3 1 45 1
2006–07[15]
Championship 44 2 0 0 1 0 45 2
2007–08[16]
Championship 8 1 0 0 2 0 10 1
2008–09[17]
Championship 27 1 3 0 7 0 3[c] 0 40 1
2009–10[18] Premier League 11 0 2 0 1 0 14 0
2010–11[19] Championship 28 1 3 0 1 0 32 1
2011–12[20] Championship 31 0 0 0 1 0 32 0
2012–13[21] Championship 24 1 1 0 3 0 28 1
2013–14[22] Championship 41 1 0 0 1 0 42 1
2014–15[23] Premier League 12 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
Total 309 7 12 0 24 1 3 0 348 8
Career total 609 22 33 0 30 1 13 0 685 23
  1. ^ a b c Appearance(s) in Football League Trophy
  2. ^ Three appearances in Football League Third Division play-offs, two in Football League Trophy
  3. ^ Appearances in Football League Championship play-offs

International[edit]

As of match played 2 June 2012.[24]
International statistics
National team Year Apps Goals
Northern Ireland 2002 2 0
2004 2 0
2005 3 0
2006 7 0
2007 6 0
2008 2 0
2012 2 0
Total 24 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hugman, Barry J. (ed) (2008). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2008–09. Mainstream. ISBN 978-1-84596-324-8. 
  2. ^ "The Michael Duff fairytale story". This is Gloucestershire. 18 January 2010. Retrieved 29 October 2012. 
  3. ^ Michael Duff | Burnley | Team | Profiles
  4. ^ Duff Faces Lengthy Spell Out | Burnley | News | Latest Headlines | Latest Headlines
  5. ^ "Cheltenham 1996/1997 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Cheltenham 1997/1998 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  7. ^ "Cheltenham 1998/1999 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  8. ^ "Cheltenham 1999/2000 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  9. ^ "Cheltenham 2000/2001 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  10. ^ "Cheltenham 2001/2002 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  11. ^ "Cheltenham 2002/2003 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  12. ^ "Cheltenham 2003/2004 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  13. ^ "Burnley 2004/2005 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  14. ^ "Burnley 2005/2006 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  15. ^ "Burnley 2006/2007 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  16. ^ "Burnley 2007/2008 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  17. ^ "Burnley 2008/2009 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  18. ^ "Burnley 2009/2010 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  19. ^ "Burnley 2010/2011 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  20. ^ "Burnley 2011/2012 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  21. ^ "Burnley 2012/2013 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 18 June 2012. 
  22. ^ "Burnley 2013/2014 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 18 June 2012. 
  23. ^ "Burnley 2014/2015 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  24. ^ "Mike Duff". National Football Teams. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 

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