Robert Duffy (footballer)
|Full name||Robert Duffy|
|Date of birth||2 December 1982|
|Place of birth||Swansea, Wales|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|2001–2005||Rushden & Diamonds||30||(1)|
|2005||→ Stamford (loan)||2||(2)|
|2008||→ Wrexham (loan)||6||(0)|
|2013–2014||King's Lynn Town||27||(12)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:42, 1 July 2015 (UTC).
He is a former Welsh Youth and Under-21 international, and has also played for Rushden & Diamonds, Stamford, Cambridge United, Kettering Town, Gainsborough Trinity, Stevenage Borough, Oxford United, Wrexham, Newport County, Mansfield Town, Grimsby Town, Lincoln City, King's Lynn Town, Ilkeston and Nuneaton Town.
Robert Duffy, who is older brother to footballer Richard Duffy, played his junior football in Swansea for Garden Village. He came through the youth system at Charlton Athletic, but was never offered a professional contract. Duffy followed Charlton's youth team manager Terry Westley to Rushden & Diamonds in 2001, where he made over 30 appearances, most as a substitute. He fractured his kneecap in a training ground accident in August 2003 and did not play again until January 2004, when he played most of a reserve game. He struggled to regain form, was loaned to non-league club Stamford and had short spells with Cambridge United and Kettering Town before joining Gainsborough Trinity in January 2006. Duffy ended the 2005–06 season at Stevenage Borough.
Duffy was recommended to Oxford United by former youth development officer, Malcolm Elias, and joined the club on a one-month trial in July 2006. He was signed by Oxford at the beginning of the 2006–07 season on a two-year contract, and was Oxford United's top scorer in that season, including a hat-trick against Forest Green Rovers in October 2006. In September 2007, Duffy broke his left arm after falling awkwardly during a match, which sidelined him for two months. In November, he returned to action as a late substitute in the 78th minute against Ebbsfleet United, but was sent off just 20 seconds later after an off-the-ball incident with Ebbsfleet's Mark Ricketts as he went past him.
Duffy was placed on the transfer list in January 2008 as manager Darren Patterson tried to free up funds to bring in new players, and joined Wrexham on loan later that month. He made only six substitute appearances for Wrexham and in April 2008, was released and returned to Oxford.
On 7 January 2009 Duffy then signed permanently for Mansfield Town, managed by David Holdsworth, twin brother of his manager at Newport County, Dean Holdsworth. Despite his lack of goals at Newport, David Holdsworth's faith in Duffy was repaid as he scored the winning goal on his Mansfield debut, going on to score eight further times as Mansfield pulled away from the Conference relegation zone to finish in mid-table.
On Monday 24 January 2011 it was stated on BBC Radio Humberside that Duffy had failed to agree personal terms with Grimsby Town after a fee was agreed between the two clubs. After further negotiation, it was announced on 28 January that Duffy had signed a two-year deal with the Mariners. Duffy scored 28 seconds into his Grimsby debut in their 3–2 win over Eastbourne Borough on 29 January 2011 and three days later he scored again as Town drew 2–2 away at Southport.
Following the conclusion of the 10–11 season and despite being under contract, Duffy was told that he no longer had a future at the club and he was free to find himself a new one. On 16 May 2011 Town chairman John Fenty mentioned that the club had made a mistake in signing Duffy and team mates Charles Ademeno and Serge Makofo. Duffy however stayed for nearly the entire 11–12 campaign, and after playing a cameo role all season he was released before the final game of the season.
On Monday 21 May 2012 Duffy signed a 1-year contract with Lincoln City. On 9 April 2013 Duffy was released by the club after an injury hit season had restricted him to only 3 games during the 2012–13 season.
King's Lynn and Ilkeston
In August 2013 he joined King's Lynn Town. In March 2014, Duffy joined Ilkeston, debuting in the club's 2-0 home Northern Premier League defeat to Buxton on 15 March 2014. On 1 July 2015 he joined Nuneaton as a player coach.
Footbal league 2 winner Rushden & Diamonds fc
- Lincolnshire Senior Cup: Winner, 2011–12
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- "Oxford put six on transfer list". BBC Sport. 15 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-24.
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- "Duffy extends Wrexham loan deal". BBC Sport. 13 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-24.
- "Wrexham release loan strike trio". BBC Sport. 17 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-24.
- "Stags sign striker Duffy". Nottingham Evening Post. Harmsworth Printing. 7 January 2009. Retrieved 2010-01-10.
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- "Robert Duffy career statistics". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 2010-01-10.
- "Eastbourne Boro 2–3 Grimsby". BBC News. 29 January 2011.
- "Signing of Serge Makofo was a disaster for Town - chairman". thisisgrimsby.co.uk. 16 May 2011.
- "Gary Mills, Ashley Westwood and Rob Duffy all join Lincoln City". thisislincolnshire.co.uk. 21 May 2012.
- LCFC. "Duffy Departs". redimps.co.uk.
- "King’s Lynn Town land former Wales Under-21 striker Rob Duffy". Eastern Daily Press. 16 August 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2013.
- "Ilkeston new boy cannot save Robins from defeat". Derby Telegraph. 17 March 2014. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
- "Nuneaton Town: New player-coach at the Boro". MIG1-Nuneaton News. 1 July 2015. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
- "Impressive new recruits for Basford". NonLeague.pitchero.com. 18 June 2016. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
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