Mark Duffy (footballer)

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Mark Duffy
Mark Duffy August 2014.png
Duffy pictured in August 2014
Personal information
Full name Mark James Duffy[1]
Date of birth (1985-10-07) 7 October 1985 (age 34)[1]
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[2]
Playing position Attacking midfielder / Right winger
Club information
Current team
Stoke City
(on loan from Sheffield United)
Number 31
Youth career
1993–2003 Liverpool
2003–2004 Wrexham
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Vauxhall Motors
2005–2007 Prescot Cables
2007–2009 Southport 79 (13)
2009Morecambe (loan) 9 (1)
2009–2011 Morecambe 59 (5)
2011–2013 Scunthorpe United 102 (8)
2013–2014 Doncaster Rovers 36 (2)
2014–2016 Birmingham City 4 (0)
2015Chesterfield (loan) 3 (0)
2015–2016Burton Albion (loan) 45 (8)
2016– Sheffield United 111 (15)
2019–Stoke City (loan) 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:08, 4 November 2019 (UTC)

Mark James Duffy (born 7 October 1985) is an English professional footballer who plays as a attacking midfielder or right winger for Stoke City, on loan from Sheffield United.

Duffy began his career with the academies at Liverpool and Wrexham before joining non-league side Vauxhall Motors. From there he went to Prescot Cables and Southport and entered the Football League with Morecambe. He joined Scunthorpe United in January 2011, where he spent two-and-a-half years at Glanford Park and the 2013–14 season at Doncaster Rovers.

Duffy moved to Birmingham City in June 2014 but failed to establish himself in the side and was loaned out to Chesterfield and Burton Albion with whom he helped win promotion to the Championship. Duffy signed for Sheffield United in June 2016 and under the management of Chris Wilder the Blades won promotion from League One in 2016–17 and the Championship in 2018–19. In August 2019 Duffy joined Stoke City on loan for the 2019–20 season.

Career[edit]

Early life and career[edit]

Born in Liverpool, Duffy played for the youth teams of both home-town club Liverpool (from the age of 7 to 16) and Welsh club Wrexham.[3][4] Duffy began his senior career playing non-League football for Vauxhall Motors, Prescot Cables.[5] Duffy stated that, early in his career, he lost his love of football and began working as a scaffolder and as a sports coach for the council.[3][6] Duffy moved to Conference National side Southport from Prescot Cables in February 2007.[7] The Sandgrounders were relegated to the Conference North at the end of the 2006–07 season. Duffy remained at Haig Avenue for the 2007–08 season and mid-way through 2008–09 he was in talks to join Football League side Morecambe.[8]

Morecambe[edit]

Duffy signed for League Two club Morecambe on loan in February 2009.[9] He scored his first goal Football League goal on 18 April 2009 in a 1–0 win against Notts County.[10] He made the move to Globe Arena permanent in the summer and scored six goals in 41 games as the Shrimps reached the League Two play-offs where they lost 7–2 on aggregate to Dagenham & Redbridge.[11] Duffy began the 2010–11 season in good form and manager Sammy McIlroy stated that he can go on to play at a higher level.[12]

Scunthorpe United[edit]

Duffy moved to Championship side Scunthorpe United on 20 January 2011 for an undisclosed fee, signing a two-and-a-half-year contract.[13][14] He made his debut two days later, in a 0–0 draw at home to Burnley.[15] Duffy played 22 times for Scunthopre in 2010–11 as the Iron suffered relegation to League One.[16] He made 43 appearances in 2011–12 helping Scunthopre avoid a second consecutive relegation.[17] However relegation to League Two was suffered in 2012–13 despite a final day victory against Swindon Town.[18] Following relegation Scunthopre received several bids for Duffy from Doncaster Rovers.[19][20]

Doncaster Rovers[edit]

Duffy moved to Doncaster Rovers in July 2013 for an undisclosed fee.[21] Duffy scored twice in 39 appearances in 2013–14 as Doncaster were relegated to League One on goal difference.[22][23]

Birmingham City[edit]

Duffy signed a two-year contract with Birmingham City in June 2014 after activating his relegation release clause at Doncaster Rovers.[24][25] He made his debut as a second-half substitute in the opening-day defeat at Middlesbrough, and his first League start for the club on 27 September, in a 2–1 home defeat to Fulham; Duffy was substituted at half-time, at which point Birmingham were leading.[26] After appearing only once more in the league by the end of January 2015, he spent a month on loan to League One club Chesterfield, where he made one start and two substitute appearances.[26][27]

Loan to Burton Albion[edit]

Before the start of the 2015–16 season, Duffy joined Burton Albion, newly promoted to League One, on loan until 2 January 2016.[28] In pre-season, Burton manager Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink used him in a playmaker role,[29] and he began the league season as a regular selection in the starting eleven.[30] In the opening match, Scunthorpe goalkeeper Luke Daniels was sent off for elbowing Duffy in the head; the resulting penalty gave Burton a 2–1 win.[31]

After the initial loan period expired, it was extended to the end of the season.[32] Duffy completed the season having missed only one league match, against Walsall in February after twisting his ankle in training.[30][33] He scored eight goals[30] and provided numerous assists[34] as Burton were promoted to the Championship as League One runners-up. His performances earned him selection in the PFA League One Team of the Year.[34]

Sheffield United[edit]

Duffy was released by Birmingham at the end of the season,[35] and signed a two-year contract with League One club Sheffield United.[36] Duffy won promotion from League One for a second successive year in 2017, and was also named in the PFA Team of the Year for a second time.[37] Duffy was converted to an attacking midfield role under the management of Chris Wilder as the Baldes had a solid return to the Championship finishing in 10th place.[38][39] He signed a new contract with Sheffield United in January 2018.[40] Duffy scored six goals in 38 matches in 2018–19 as Sheffield United had a very successful campaign finishing as runners-up and were promoted to the Premier League.[41] However in pre-season Duffy's request for a new contract was turned down by Wilder who made him available for a move away from Bramall Lane.[42]

Loan to Stoke City[edit]

On 8 August 2019, Duffy joined Stoke City on loan for the 2019–20 season.[43][44]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 4 November 2019
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup[a] Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Southport 2006–07[4] Conference National 17 4 0 0 0 0 17 4
2007–08[45] Conference North 38 5 3 1 2 2 7[b] 1 50 9
2008–09[46] Conference North 24 4 1 0 3 0 7[c] 2 35 6
Total 79 13 4 1 5 2 14 3 102 19
Morecambe (loan) 2008–09[5] League Two 9 1 0 0 0 0 9 1
Morecambe 2009–10[47] League Two 37 5 2 1 1 0 1[d] 0 41 6
2010–11[15] League Two 22 0 1 0 2 0 1[d] 0 26 0
Total 68 6 3 1 3 0 2 0 76 7
Scunthorpe United 2010–11[15] Championship 22 1 0 0 0 0 22 1
2011–12[17] League One 37 2 2 0 2 0 2[d] 0 43 2
2012–13[48] League One 43 5 1 0 2 1 1[d] 1 47 7
Total 102 8 3 0 4 1 3 1 112 10
Doncaster Rovers 2013–14[23] Championship 36 2 1 0 2 0 39 2
Birmingham City 2014–15[26] Championship 4 0 1 0 2 1 7 1
2015–16[30] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 4 0 1 0 2 1 7 1
Chesterfield (loan) 2014–15[26] League One 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Burton Albion (loan) 2015–16[30] League One 45 8 1 0 0 0 1[d] 0 47 8
Sheffield United 2016–17[49] League One 39 6 2 0 1 0 2[e] 0 44 6
2017–18[39] Championship 36 3 2 0 1 0 39 3
2018–19[50] Championship 36 6 1 0 1 0 38 6
Total 111 15 5 0 3 0 2 0 121 15
Stoke City (loan) 2019–20[51] Championship 6 0 0 0 3 0 9 0
Career total 454 53 18 2 22 4 22 4 516 62
  1. ^ Appearances in Conference League Cup for Southport, otherwise in Football League Cup/EFL Cup
  2. ^ 2 appearances in FA Trophy, 2 appearances in Conference North play-offs, 2 appearances 1 goal in Lancashire Junior Cup, 1 appearance in Liverpool Senior Cup
  3. ^ 6 appearances 2 goals in FA Trophy, 1 appearance in Lancashire Junior Cup
  4. ^ a b c d e Appearance(s) in Football League Trophy
  5. ^ Appearances in EFL Trophy

Honours[edit]

Burton Albion

Sheffield United

Individual

References[edit]

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