Neil Duffy Player Profile


  • Full Name: Cornelius Duffy
  • Born: June 5th, 1967 (Glasgow)
  • Height: 6' 1
  • Position: Defender/Midfielder
  • Signed: February 20th, 1985
  • First Manager: Jim McLean
  • Career Totals: 47 appearances, 2 goals
  • Also Played For: Ayr United, Dumbarton, Dundee, Falkirk, Sauchie Juniors


Playing Seasons


ALL League Cups
Season
1998-99 17 (3) 20 1 2 0 12 (3) 0 5 1
1997-98 2 (8) 10 0 0 0 1 (6) 0 1 (2) 0
1996-97 10 (7) 17 1 0 0 6 (7) 1 4 0
1990-91 - - - - - - - - -
1985-86 - - - - - - - - -
Totals: 29 (18) 2 19 (16) 1 10 (2) 1

ALL = Combined first team appearances
League/Cups = First team starts (sub appearances)
G2G = Goals to Games Ratio

 Recent First Team Starts
Apr 6th, 1999 06/04/99 SPL vs. Hearts (H) 1 - 3
Apr 3rd, 1999 03/04/99 SPL vs. Motherwell (H) 0 - 3
Mar 20th, 1999 20/03/99 SPL vs. Rangers (A) 1 - 0
Mar 16th, 1999 16/03/99 5th Round Replay vs. Ayr Utd (H) 2 - 1
Mar 13th, 1999 13/03/99 5th Round vs. Ayr Utd (A) 0 - 0

 Recent First Team Goals
Mar 6th, 1999 06/03/99 4th Round Replay vs. Clydebank (H) 3 - 0
Nov 23rd, 1996 23/11/96 Premier Division vs. Raith Rovers (H) 1 - 2

 List of Goals Scored (click to expand)
Mar 6th, 1999 06/03/99 4th Round Replay vs. Clydebank (H) 3 - 0 (14')
Nov 23rd, 1996 23/11/96 Premier Division vs. Raith Rovers (H) 1 - 2 (85')

 List of Games Played (click to expand)
Apr 24th, 1999 24/04/99 SPL vs. Dunfermline (A) 2 - 2 (sub)
Apr 20th, 1999 20/04/99 SPL vs. St Johnstone (H) 0 - 1 (sub)
Apr 6th, 1999 06/04/99 SPL vs. Hearts (H) 1 - 3
Apr 3rd, 1999 03/04/99 SPL vs. Motherwell (H) 0 - 3
Mar 20th, 1999 20/03/99 SPL vs. Rangers (A) 1 - 0
Mar 16th, 1999 16/03/99 5th Round Replay vs. Ayr Utd (H) 2 - 1
Mar 13th, 1999 13/03/99 5th Round vs. Ayr Utd (A) 0 - 0
Mar 6th, 1999 06/03/99 4th Round Replay vs. Clydebank (H) 3 - 0
Mar 3rd, 1999 03/03/99 4th Round vs. Clydebank (A) 2 - 2
Feb 27th, 1999 27/02/99 SPL vs. Celtic (A) 1 - 2
Feb 20th, 1999 20/02/99 SPL vs. Aberdeen (H) 3 - 0
Feb 2nd, 1999 02/02/99 3rd Round vs. Queen's Park (A) 0 - 0
Jan 30th, 1999 30/01/99 SPL vs. Dunfermline (H) 1 - 1
Jan 2nd, 1999 02/01/99 SPL vs. Dundee (A) 3 - 1
Dec 30th, 1998 30/12/98 SPL vs. Rangers (H) 1 - 2
Oct 17th, 1998 17/10/98 SPL vs. Kilmarnock (H) 0 - 2
Sep 23rd, 1998 23/09/98 SPL vs. Dunfermline (H) 1 - 1
Sep 19th, 1998 19/09/98 SPL vs. Dundee (A) 2 - 2
Sep 12th, 1998 12/09/98 SPL vs. Rangers (H) 0 - 0
Aug 22nd, 1998 22/08/98 SPL vs. Celtic (A) 1 - 2 (sub)
Mar 28th, 1998 28/03/98 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A) 0 - 1 (sub)
Mar 21st, 1998 21/03/98 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H) 0 - 1 (sub)
Feb 28th, 1998 28/02/98 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (A) 1 - 1 (sub)
Jan 3rd, 1998 03/01/98 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A) 0 - 1 (sub)
Dec 20th, 1997 20/12/97 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (H) 2 - 1 (sub)
Aug 26th, 1997 26/08/97 2nd Qual. Round 2nd Leg vs. Trabzonspor (H) 1 - 1 (sub)
Aug 23rd, 1997 23/08/97 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A) 1 - 5
Aug 20th, 1997 20/08/97 3rd Round vs. Hibernian (H) 2 - 1
Aug 17th, 1997 17/08/97 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H) 1 - 1 (sub)
Aug 12th, 1997 12/08/97 2nd Qual. Round 1st Leg vs. Trabzonspor (A) 0 - 1 (sub)
May 10th, 1997 10/05/97 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A) 0 - 3 (sub)
Apr 22nd, 1997 22/04/97 Semi Final Replay vs. Kilmarnock (N) 0 - 1
Apr 19th, 1997 19/04/97 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A) 1 - 1
Apr 14th, 1997 14/04/97 Semi Final vs. Kilmarnock (N) 0 - 0
Apr 5th, 1997 05/04/97 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A) 0 - 2 (sub)
Mar 1st, 1997 01/03/97 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (H) 2 - 1 (sub)
Feb 8th, 1997 08/02/97 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H) 0 - 0 (sub)
Dec 10th, 1996 10/12/96 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H) 1 - 0 (sub)
Dec 7th, 1996 07/12/96 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (A) 2 - 0
Nov 30th, 1996 30/11/96 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (H) 1 - 1
Nov 23rd, 1996 23/11/96 Premier Division vs. Raith Rovers (H) 1 - 2 (sub)
Sep 7th, 1996 07/09/96 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A) 0 - 1
Sep 3rd, 1996 03/09/96 3rd Round vs. Dundee (H) 2 - 2
Aug 24th, 1996 24/08/96 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A) 0 - 1
Aug 17th, 1996 17/08/96 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H) 0 - 1
Aug 13th, 1996 13/08/96 2nd Round vs. Stirling Albion (A) 2 - 1
Aug 10th, 1996 10/08/96 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H) 1 - 1 (sub)


Competition History


Comp
LGE 19 (16) 1 1 0
SC 7 1 1 0
LC 3 0 0 0
UEFA - (2) 0 0 0
Totals: 29 (18) 2

 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 GtGR = Goals to Games Ratio
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals


Biography


Born in Glasgow but brought up in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, Neil first joined United as a seventeen-year-old in January 1985. The nephew of Dundee player Jim Duffy, he played in over fifty reserve matches before heading back to South Africa due to home sickness. He returned to Tannadice four years later, again playing regularly in the reserves once more. He had just one first team outing in a friendly against an Australian Olympic XI in August 1990 and was transferred to Falkirk two months later.

After three seasons at Brockville, he was a signing target for new United manager Ivan Golac but later signed for Dundee. The move created a complex situation, as United were due a portion of the transfer fee, and with former Falkirk player Dragutin Ristic signing for United from Dundee the matter was complicated further, but the clubs eventually settled without the need for a tribunal. During his time at Dens Park he captained the side in the 1995 League Cup final, collecting a runners-up medal.

In August 1996, Neil joined United for a third time when he signed from Dundee for around £200,000, and finally made his competitive debut ten years after first arriving at the Club, as a substitute against Motherwell in the opening League game of the season in United's return to the Premier Division. He was with United for three years, but his appearances were restricted by injury. Having been used mostly as a substitute under both Billy Kirkwood and Tommy McLean, he had an extended run in Paul Sturrock's first team in the second half of the 1998-99 season.

Released in May 1999, he then joined Ayr United, collecting a League Cup runners-up medal in 2002, before finishing his playing career with Dumbarton in 2004.

Last updated on Monday, February 1st, 2021 by B Orr.

Squad Numbers


18

Season:
1998-99





Debut (as sub)

August 10th, 1996
Dundee United 1 - 1 Motherwell

League (Premier Division)

Full Debut

August 13th, 1996
Stirling Albion 1 - 2 Dundee United

League Cup (2nd Round)


Timeline


  • Date of Birth


    Neil was born on this date in Glasgow.


  • Signed For Dundee United


    Neil signed his first professional form for United at the age of 17.


  • First Non-Competitive Appearance (Friendly)

    East Stirling 0 - 2 Dundee United
    Friendly

    Only a two goal burst in the final 25 minutes gave United victory. Up until then this had been a fairly evenly contested affair, Ralph Milne putting us ahead from a 65th minute penalty. United's secon


  • Left the Club


    Having featured only for the reserves, Neil cut his first spell short when he returned to South Africa due to home sickness.


  • Signed For Dundee United


    Neil re-signed for United after returning to Scotland and again became a regular feature for the reserves.


  • Left the Club


    Neil left United to sign for Falkirk, without having made a first team appearance.


  • Signed For Dundee United


    Following spells with Falkirk and Dundee, Neil signed for United from the city neighbours for a fee of £200,000.


  • First Team Debut

    Dundee United 1 - 1 Motherwell
    League (Premier Division)

    A great start to United's new campaign on their return to the Premier Division wasn't capitalised upon. With the Motherwell defence caught napping, Gary McSwegan


  • First Goal

    Dundee United 1 - 2 Raith Rovers
    League (Premier Division)

    Bottom dogs Raith Rovers upset the form book and got their first away points of the season on the board with a deserved victory against a lack-lustre lited side. Much was made of the fact that the vis


  • Last Goal

    Dundee United 3 - 0 Clydebank
    Scottish Cup (4th Round Replay)

    The final scoretine belies how close this was as a contest. Against the run of play Neil Duffy headed us in front but only two quick-fire goals from Kjell Olofsson early in the second half, ensured ou


  • Last Appearance

    Dunfermline 2 - 2 Dundee United
    League (SPL)

    Thanks to two Billy Dodds strikes, one from the penalty spot, we were two up and apparently cruising to victory at the end of forty-five minutes. Yet within ten minutes of the second half re-starting,


  • Left the Club


    Neil left the club at the end of his contract, and went on to sign for Ayr United that summer.