Ayden Duffy

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Ayden Duffy
Personal information
Full name Ayden Stuart Duffy[1]
Date of birth (1986-11-16) 16 November 1986 (age 30)
Place of birth Kettering, England
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Youth career
2003–2006 Lincoln City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2009 Lincoln City 5 (0)
2004 Grantham Town (loan)
2005 Bourne Town (loan)
2005 Buxton (loan)
2005 Lincoln Moorlands Railway (loan)
2006 Stamford (loan)
2006 Cambridge United (loan) 2 (0)
2006 Stamford (loan) ? (?)
2006 Worksop Town (loan)
2009 Corby Town 0 (0)
2009 Gainsborough Trinity 1 (0)
2009 Hyde United
2009–2010 Grantham Town
2010–2011 Lincoln Moorlands Railway
2011 Staveley Miners Welfare
2011– Shepshed Dynamo
2017- Histon
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:00, 8 July 2009 (UTC).

Ayden Stuart Duffy (born 16 November 1986) is an English footballer who plays for Histon as a goalkeeper.

He previously played as a professional in the Football League for Lincoln City.


Lincoln City[edit]

Duffy was born in Kettering but brought up in Colsterworth. Involved with the Lincoln City academy, he signed a three-year scholarship with the club in the summer of 2003.[2]

During his scholarship, Duffy spent a number of periods on work experience with local non-league sides. In November 2004, he linked up with Grantham Town, celebrating his 18th birthday by keeping a clean sheet on his Grantham debut.[3] At the turn of the year he joined Bourne Town.[4][5]

At the beginning of the 2005–06 season, he spent an eventful spell with Buxton. He produced a Man of the Match display, including a penalty save, against Newcastle Town in the FA Cup only for Newcastle to protest about his eligibility;[6] the protest was unsuccessful.[7] In the league game against Maltby Main he was beaten by a long punt from his opposite goalkeeper.[8] In December 2005, he assisted Lincoln Moorlands. In January 2006, he joined Stamford.[9] He stayed at Stamford before Lincoln recalled him,[10] to enable him to link up with Cambridge United.[11] He played twice for the Us, suffering an unfortunate debut when he palmed the ball into his own net against Morecambe. He was, however offered support by the then Cambridge boss Rob Newman.[12] He returned to Stamford, helping them to promotion to the Southern League Premier Division with a play-off victory against Wivenhoe Town.[13]

In the summer of 2006, Duffy accepted a one-year professional contract with Lincoln City. His first season saw him spend time on loan at Worksop Town where a broken leg ended his season. He accepted a further one-year contract and on 12 April 2008 made his professional debut, replacing the injured Alan Marriott in the 2–1 victory against Chester City.

On 19 April 2008, he made his full home debut for Lincoln in a 3–1 victory over Brentford. On 5 May 2009, he was released by Lincoln City.


On 8 July 2009, Duffy signed for Corby Town,[14] but he was released a few weeks later.[15] He moved on to join Gainsborough Trinity on non-contract terms as cover for the injured Phil Barnes, appearing in the 2–2 friendly home draw with Boston United on 1 August 2009,[16] but was unable to play for the club in the Conference North as The FA ruled that Corby Town still held his registration.[17]

In September, he linked up with Hyde United, marking his debut by being sent off for conceding two penalties, in the 17th and 55th minute, in a 5–1 home defeat to Alfreton Town on 5 September 2009.[18] He made a further appearance in Hyde's 1–1 home draw with Gloucester City two days later before departing the club to join Grantham Town.[19] In February 2010, he moved to Lincoln Moorlands Railway.[20] In September 2010, Duffy joined Sleaford Town on loan, debuting in the 3–0 United Counties Football League Premier Division home defeat by Irchester United on 18 September 2010.[21] He joined Staveley Miners Welfare for the 2011–12 season, debuting in the club's 1–0 Northern Counties East League victory at Brighouse Town on 6 August 2011.[22]

Having left the professional game, Duffy enrolled in a course studying education studies and sport at Bishop Grosseteste College. Duffy has now gone on to become a Physical Education teacher at the prestigious Hills Road Sixth Form College in Cambridge.


  1. ^ Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2009). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2009–10. Mainstream Publishing. p. 127. ISBN 978-1-84596-474-0. 
  2. ^ "Ayden signs Imps contract". Grantham Journal. 8 May 2003. Retrieved 14 April 2008. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Birthday boy keeps clean sheet". Grantham Journal. 19 November 2004. Retrieved 14 April 2008. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Duffy solves keeper crisis". Rutland & Stamford Mercury. 30 December 2004. Retrieved 14 April 2008. 
  5. ^ "Imps come to Wakes' rescue". Non League Daily. 5 January 2005. Archived from the original on 21 September 2012. Retrieved 14 April 2008. 
  6. ^ "Bucks face cup shocker". Buxton Advertiser. 1 September 2006. Retrieved 14 April 2008. 
  7. ^ "Angry Bucks play it again". Buxton Advertiser. 11 January 2007. Retrieved 14 April 2008. 
  8. ^ "Keeper goal just amazing". Buxton Advertiser. 15 September 2006. Retrieved 14 April 2008. 
  9. ^ "Long trip brings home three precious points". Rutland & Stamford Mercury. 26 January 2006. Retrieved 14 April 2008. 
  10. ^ "Bowater's first goal bags point". Rutland & Stamford Mercury. 30 March 2006. Retrieved 6 February 2008. 
  11. ^ "Young keeper in at Abbey stadium". Non League Daily. 24 March 2006. Archived from the original on 21 September 2012. Retrieved 14 April 2008. 
  12. ^ "Duffy off the hook". Cambridge News. 24 March 2006. Retrieved 14 April 2008. [permanent dead link]
  13. ^ "Daniels bounce back at the first attempt". Stamford & Rutland Mercury. 11 May 2006. Retrieved 14 April 2008. 
  14. ^ "Stallard and Duffy join Steelmen". BBC Sport. 8 July 2009. Retrieved 8 July 2009. 
  15. ^ "Solkhon's worry for Steelmen". Northampton Evening Telegraph. 29 July 2009. Retrieved 7 August 2009. 
  16. ^ "Gainsborough and Boston draw 2–2". Retford Times. 3 August 2009. Retrieved 21 September 2010. [permanent dead link]
  17. ^ "Charles furious over Duffy situation". Retford Times. 10 August 2009. Retrieved 21 September 2010. [permanent dead link]
  18. ^ "Joy for Droylsden but FC lose". Manchester Evening News. 7 September 2009. Retrieved 12 September 2009. 
  19. ^ "New Town keeper set for cup tie start tonight". Grantham Journal. 13 October 2009. Retrieved 9 February 2010. 
  20. ^ "New Moorlands' boss gets busy". NonLeagueDaily.com. 9 February 2010. Archived from the original on 27 September 2012. Retrieved 9 February 2010. 
  21. ^ "Brian Rowland admits he is missing the impact of Miles Hunter's goals". Lincolnshire Echo. 21 September 2010. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
  22. ^ "Away 3 points and clean sheet in NCEL Premiership opener". Chesterfield Post. 9 August 2011. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 

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