Duncan Welbourne

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Duncan Welbourne (born 28 July 1940) is an English former professional football player, coach and manager. Born in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, Welbourne started his professional career at Grimsby, as a wing half. In November 1963 he transferred to Watford, for a fee of £1,300.[1] At Watford he converted to a full back, when the club started playing in a 4–4–2 formation.[1] Welbourne set what was then a Watford record of 457 competitive appearances, breaking the 35-year-old record previously held by Tommy Barnett. His 280 consecutive Football League games remains a record.[1] After finishing third in the club's inaugural Player of the Season award in 1972–73,[2] Welbourne left Watford on a free transfer at the end of the 1973–74 season. He joined Southport, where he finished his playing career. He also took on a coaching role, and managed the team between September 1975 and January 1976.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Jones, Trefor (1996). The Watford Football Club Illustrated Who's Who. p. 238. ISBN 0-9527458-0-1. 
  2. ^ Phillips, Oliver (1991). The Official Centenary History of Watford FC 1881–1991. Watford football club. pp. 271–272. ISBN 0-9509601-6-0.