Richard Duffy

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Richard Duffy
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Duffy warming up for Port Vale before the match against Northampton Town on 20 April 2013.
Personal information
Full name Richard Michael Duffy[1]
Date of birth (1985-08-30) 30 August 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Swansea, Wales
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Port Vale
Number 6
Youth career
1994–2001 Swansea City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2004 Swansea City 18 (1)
2004–2009 Portsmouth 1 (0)
2004 Burnley (loan) 7 (1)
2005 Coventry City (loan) 14 (0)
2005–2006 Coventry City (loan) 32 (0)
2006 Coventry City (loan) 13 (0)
2007 Swansea City (loan) 11 (0)
2008 Coventry City (loan) 2 (0)
2009 Millwall 12 (0)
2009–2012 Exeter City 112 (3)
2012– Port Vale 78 (0)
National team
2001–2002 Wales U17 4 (0)
2002–2003 Wales U19 3 (0)
2004–2006 Wales U21 7 (0)
2005–2008 Wales 13 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 6 November 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Richard Michael Duffy (born 30 August 1985) is a Welsh footballer who plays for League One side Port Vale. A versatile player who can play either on the right or at the centre of defence, he won 13 caps for his country between 2005 and 2008. He is the younger brother of Robert Duffy.

He began his career at Swansea City, making his debut as a 16-year old in December 2001, before winning a six-figure sum move to Premier League side Portsmouth in January 2004. He never broke into the first team picture at Fratton Park, and instead enjoyed numerous loan moves at Burnley, Coventry City, and former club Swansea. He switched to Millwall in February 2009, before signing with Exeter City in July 2009. He joined Port Vale in July 2012, and helped the club to secure promotion out of League Two in 2012–13.

Club career[edit]

Swansea City[edit]

Duffy began his career at Swansea City, making his senior debut under Colin Addison as 16-year old on 8 December 2001, in a 4–1 defeat to Macclesfield Town at Moss Rose; he was a 64th minute substitute for Michael Howard.[2] However a bout of spondylosis in his lower back kept him out injured for over a year.[3]

He returned to fitness at the start of the 2003–04 season, and soon won a regular place in the first team. He scored his first career goal in a 3–0 home win over Macclesfield on 16 September.[4] Despite only having played 18 Third Division games, the Wales youth international soon began to attract the attention of scouts from bigger clubs, and in January 2004 he was sold to Premier League side Portsmouth on a four-year contract for a six-figure sum (believed to be £300,000[5]).[6] He had forced through the move after rejecting Swansea's offer of a three-year contract,[7] despite manager Brian Flynn's insistence that he would remain at Vetch Field.[8] Flynn also accused Portsmouth of trying to unsettle the youngster.[9]

"The Swans have offered him a fresh deal but he hasn't signed anything and is entitled to speak to other clubs from 1 January. The club could take cash up front or gamble on getting more from the tribunal in terms of compensation because Richard is under the age of 24. Richard knows a move to Portsmouth would be a big lift for his full international prospects with Wales. Soccer can be a relatively short career – a bad injury has ended so many dreams too early. I'm telling Richard to be sensible, but also to make the most of any opportunities that come along."

—Duffy's agent, Wayne Elsey, was keen on the move to Portsmouth.[10]

Portsmouth[edit]

Harry Redknapp handed Duffy his Premier League debut at Fratton Park on 1 May 2004, putting him on for Linvoy Primus 22 minutes into a 1–1 draw with Fulham.[11] At the beginning of the 2004–05 season he was loaned out to Steve Cotterill's Burnley for four weeks.[12] He gained much admiration from the Burnley fans for his excellent performances, and the loan deal was extended into another month.[13] He scored in the "Clarets" 2–1 win over Leeds United at Elland Road.[14] The young Welshman spent some of his loan spell at Turf Moor playing as a right-winger. He joined fellow Championship side Coventry City on a three-month loan in January 2005, becoming Micky Adams's first signing at Highfield Road.[15] He played 15 games for the "Sky Blues", helping the club to narrowly avoid relegation.

He spent the entirety of the 2005–06 season on loan at Coventry City.[16] He made 34 appearances at the club, helping Coventry to a respectable eighth place finish. He was also handed a new contract with Portsmouth in March 2006, causing Coventry boss Micky Adams to snipe "I am sure it will be nice playing in their reserves."[17] In October 2006, he was loaned to Coventry for the third time, in a deal which was extended until 1 January 2007.[18] This followed the collapse of an expected loan move to Queens Park Rangers.[19] He played 13 games before returning to the South coast. On 10 January, a loan to former club Swansea City was agreed until the end of the 2006–07 season.[20] He featured in 11 League One games for the "Swans", falling somewhat out of favour after manager Kenny Jackett was replaced by Roberto Martínez.

In March 2008, Duffy rejoined Coventry City for the fourth time on loan until the end of the 2007–08 season.[21] However he tore a thigh muscle the following month, and was sidelined for the rest of the season.[22] He was told he was free to leave Portsmouth in January 2009, having started just the one game for "Pompey" in five years.[23]

Millwall[edit]

In February 2009, Duffy joined Kenny Jackett's Millwall on a contract until the end of the season.[24] He played 12 League One games for the "Lions", but was one of ten players released from The Den in May 2009.[25]

Exeter City[edit]

In July 2009, Duffy signed for newly promoted League One side Exeter City.[26] He made 44 appearances in the 2009–10 season, picking up a total of 12 yellow cards during the course of the campaign. He made 50 appearances in 2010–11, and again helped Paul Tisdale's side to exceed expectations by finishing just three points outside the play-offs. Duffy signed a new one-year contract with the "Grecians" in May 2011.[27] Despite injury concerns, he remained a key player at St James Park in 2011–12, as he played 34 games; despite his efforts the club suffered relegation in 23rd place.

Port Vale[edit]

Duffy signed a two-year contract with League Two side Port Vale in July 2012; this move reunited him with former Coventry boss Micky Adams.[28] He admitted that having Micky Adams as his manager was the main reason he chose to come to Vale Park.[29] He replaced Adam Yates as Vale's preferred right-back at the start of the 2012–13 season, but struggled when he was tried out at centre-back in the Football League Trophy.[30] Vale were promoted at the end of the 2012–13 season, with Duffy putting in 39 appearances.

Duffy returned to the centre-half role alongside Chris Robertson in the 2013–14 season after Liam Chilvers was taken ill in mid-November.[31] He went on to finish the campaign with 30 appearances to his name, helping the club to a ninth place finish in League One. He signed a new two-year contract in June 2014.[32]

He started the 2014–15 season in a centre-back partnership with Ryan McGivern.[33]

International career[edit]

Duffy won four caps for the Wales under-17 team, three caps for the under-19 side, as well as seven caps for the under-21s.

Duffy made his full international debut for Wales at the Liberty Stadium in a goalless draw with Slovenia on 17 August 2005.[34] Manager John Toshack predicted a bright future for the young defender.[35] He then played in a 1–0 defeat to England on 3 September 2005,[36] and was said to have "acquitted himself well on the right".[37] He further played against Poland four days later, and gave away a penalty for a foul on Kamil Kosowski, which was converted for the only goal of the game.[38]

He featured as a substitute in a 3–2 win over Northern Ireland on 8 October 2005,[39] and in a BBC report was marked 7 out of 10 for his "faultless display" and was noted as having "made some crucial clearances under heavy pressure".[40] Coming on as a second half substitute in a goalless draw with Bulgaria on 15 August 2006, he was described as "impressive" in a BBC report.[41] He played 64 minutes of a 2–0 loss to Brazil on 5 September 2006.[42] He later played in the 5–1 defeat to Slovakia on 7 October 2006.[43] He also played the first half of a 4–0 friendly win over Liechtenstein on 14 November 2006.[44]

He was dropped from the squad in May 2007,[45] but made a return in March 2008 for the friendly encounter with Luxembourg.[46] In total he won 13 caps for his country in a three-year international career.

Style of play[edit]

Duffy can operate as a right-back or at the centre of defence.[29] He describes himself as "a ball-playing centre-half" and has said that "I like to play, not just hump it, and I'm a good communicator too."[29] He prefers to play at full-back as he offers a threat going forward.[47]

Personal life[edit]

Duffy admitted driving under the influence in January 2011 after a "silly mistake" following a meal out with friends; he was banned from driving for 12 months and fined £700.[48] He pledged his support to an Exeter based anti-drink-driving campaign and said that "I can only apologise for my actions. It was the first time I have done this and it will be the last. As a role model, especially to young people, this is not an example I should be setting... It just goes to prove that you can never be sure if you take a risk. I hope people reading this will heed the warning."[48]

Statistics[edit]

Club Season Division League FA Cup League Cup Other[49] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Swansea City 2001–02[50] Third Division 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2002–03[51] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003–04[52] 18 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 22 1
Total 18 1 4 0 0 0 1 0 23 1
Portsmouth 2003–04[52] Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2004–05[53] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Burnley (loan) 2004–05[53] Championship 7 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 9 1
Coventry City (loan) 2004–05[53] 14 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 15 0
Portsmouth 2005–06[54] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Coventry City (loan) 2005–06[54] Championship 32 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 34 0
Portsmouth 2006–07[55] Premier League 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
Coventry City (loan) 2006–07[55] Championship 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
Swansea City (loan) 2006–07[55] League One 11 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
Portsmouth 2007–08[56] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Coventry City (loan) 2007–08[56] Championship 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Portsmouth 2008–09[57] Premier League 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Total 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
Millwall 2008–09[57] League One 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
Total 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
Exeter City 2009–10[58] League One 42 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 44 1
2010–11[59] 42 2 1 0 1 0 6 1 50 3
2011–12[60] 28 0 2 0 2 0 2 0 34 0
Total 112 3 4 0 4 0 8 1 128 4
Port Vale 2012–13[61] League Two 36 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 39 0
2013–14[62] League One 27 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 30 0
2014–15[63] 15 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 17 0
Total 78 0 4 0 0 0 4 0 86 0
Career total 300 5 16 0 7 0 13 0 336 5

Honours[edit]

with Port Vale

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