Neil Duffy, when Troon F.C. Asst. Manager (October 2015)
|Full name||Cornelius Duffy|
|Date of birth||5 June 1967|
|Place of birth||Glasgow, Scotland|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|2015||Troon (Assistant Manager)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.|
Cornelius "Neil" Duffy (born 5 June 1967) is a Scottish football coach and former professional footballer who played in defence and midfield for Dundee United, Falkirk, Dundee, Ayr United and Dumbarton. He was appointed assistant manager of Troon in August 2015.
Neil Duffy was born in Glasgow on 5 June 1967, but brought up in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. His father, also named Neil Duffy, was himself a professional footballer in Scotland and South Africa. Neil junior played local amateur football for Shamrocks, where his father was coach.
Duffy began his professional career with Dundee United at the age of 17 after passing a first team trial whilst on holiday in 1985. Soon afterwards, however, he returned to South Africa due to homesickness. In South Africa he again played for Shamrocks. He returned to Dundee United during the 1989-90 season but left for Falkirk without making a first team appearance. Duffy spent three years at Falkirk before moving to Dundee in 1993-94, where he stayed for a similar time. During his time at Dundee, he captained the side to the League Cup Final but was unsuccessful. In August, Duffy rejoined Dundee United for a £200,000 transfer fee, finally making his first team debut in his third spell at the club. Like his previous two clubs, Duffy gave three years of service before moving on, this time to Ayr United. During his time at Ayr United, Duffy was able to help the team to two consecutive Scottish Cup semi-finals and the 2002 League Cup final. In 2002-03, Duffy moved to Dumbarton, where he stayed until retiring in 2004. His time at Dumbarton provided his one and only red card which came in his last ever appearance.
After some time coaching at Ayr United's youth academy, Duffy was appointed as Troon under-19 coach in May 2013. He became assistant manager of the club in August 2015 before departing in December 2015.
- Dundee United F.C. season 1996-97
- Dundee United F.C. season 1997-98
- Dundee United F.C. season 1998-99
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