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0405 burnley richard duffy 01It’s just about fifteen years since Steve Cotterill brought full back Richard Duffy to Burnley on loan from Portsmouth, a player who, in his short time with us, will probably be best remembered for scoring the winning goal in an against the odds 2-1 victory against Leeds United at Elland Road.

He was just 19 when he played his nine games for us and after Burnley, Portsmouth loaned him out to Coventry (on four separate occasions) and his previous club Swansea before he moved on to Millwall, Exeter, Port Vale and most recently Notts County.

In total he has played over 460 league games for those clubs which includes one substitute appearance in the Premier League for Portsmouth and the rest at Football League level.

He’s been with Notts County for the last three years when he was close to winning promotion in 2018 before being part of the team relegated out of the Football League last season.

Today, at the age of 33, the former Wales international has signed for Northern Premier League Kidsgrove Athletic whose manager Ryan Austin said: “I’m really happy to bring Richard Duffy on board. He brings real quality to our squad as well as vast experience.

“We’ve been looking for a leader and an organiser for a long time and Rich fits that role perfectly. We have a young and exciting squad so to add experience to that was vital. I’m looking forward to us working together.”

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