Shane Duff

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Personal information
Full name Shane Joseph Duff
Date of birth (1982-04-02) 2 April 1982 (age 35)
Place of birth Wroughton, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1999–2000 Cheltenham Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2010 Cheltenham Town 193 (2)
2001–2002 Evesham United (loan) ? (?)
2010–2011 Bradford City 12 (1)
Total 205 (3)
National team
2003 Northern Ireland U21 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:59, 21 June 2011 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:18, 11 April 2008 (UTC)

Shane Joseph Duff (born 2 April 1982 in Wroughton, Wiltshire) is a former English-born Northern Irish footballer, who last played for Bradford City. He was forced to retire from the professional game on 26 January 2012 due to injury. His elder brother, Michael Duff plays for Premier League side Burnley. Known as an uncompromising centre back, he was at Cheltenham Town F.C. for 10 years until 2010. He is also a principal member of Jaguar Sports Coaching.

Profile[edit]

Duff is a tall, strong central defender who was invited to join Cheltenham Town by Mike Davis, youth team manager straight from school and spent a year in the youth team before being offered a professional contract in 2000.

After a couple of years in the reserves and a loan spell at non-league Evesham United,[1] Duff was ready to make to the move into first team football.

He made his debut under manager Graham Allner in the 2002–03 season against Crewe Alexandra in a 4-0 defeat and the following season made a number of appearances alongside his brother Michael in central defence before Michael moved to Burnley.

Duff was selected for the Northern Ireland under-21 squad for the away match in Armenia in March 2003 and made his international debut at under-21 level three months later against Spain in Lurgan.

On the last day of the 2003–04 season he scored his first goal to equalise against Huddersfield Town, which later prevented Huddersfield achieving automatic promotion.

Duff's performances during season 2004–05 earned him the club's Player of the Year award and established him as a first choice player. He went on to play an important part as the Robins won promotion in 2006 via a play off final victory over Grimsby Town at the Millennium Stadium[2] and retained their League One status the following season.

During both the 2006–07 and 2007–08 League One campaigns Duff's appearances were curtailed slightly by injury but he still managed to start nearly two-thirds of the over the course of both seasons.

It was another frustrating campaign for Duff during 2008–09 when injury saw him unavailable for four and a half months during the middle part of the season. Nevertheless, he returned with gusto towards the end of that campaign becoming an important facet within a side that, despite suffering relegation, showed true spirit and determination.

Bradford City[edit]

On 2 July 2010 Duff signed a contract with Bradford City,[3] with an option of keeping the 28-year-old for a further 12 months. Duff has also captained Bradford City as Simon Ramsden was injured, and vice captain Zesh Rehman was a substitute. However Duff was substituted during the second half of the game and was replaced by the vice captain.

Retirement[edit]

Duff left Bradford City at the end of the 2010-11 season and in January 2012 announced his retirement at the age of 29 because of a spinal problem.[4] In September 2011, Duff began studying for a degree at Hartpury College. In the summer of 2012 he became the under 18's coach at Bishops Cleeve.

Personal life[edit]

Also a talented cricketer, Duff appeared as a wicketkeeper-batsman for Shipton-under-Wychwood in the 2002 National Village Knockout final at Lord's.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mullen rebuilds". Non League Daily. 19 March 2002. 
  2. ^ "Grimsby Town 0-1 Cheltenham Town". BBC Sport. 28 May 2006. 
  3. ^ "Bradford City capture Cheltenham defender Shane Duff". BBC Sport. 2 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "Cheltenham Town where are they now: Shane Duff". thisisgloucestershire. 1 February 2012. 

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