Neil Duffy Player Profile

Player Details

  • Full Name: Cornelius Duffy
  • Born: June 5th, 1967 (Glasgow)
  • Height: 6' 1
  • Position: Defender/Midfielder
  • Signed: August 6th, 1996 (£200,000)
  • First Manager: Billy Kirkwood
  • Career Totals: 47 appearances, 2 goals
  • Also Played For: Ayr United, Dumbarton, Dundee, Falkirk


Playing History


Season Win % Draw % Loss %
1998-99 17 (3) 1 2 0 25.0% 40.0% 35.0%
1997-98 2 (8) 0 0 0 20.0% 30.0% 50.0%
1996-97 10 (7) 1 0 0 23.5% 35.3% 41.2%
1990-91 - - - - - - -
1985-86 - - - - - - -
Totals: 29 (18) 2


 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 GtGR = Goals to Games Ratio | W/D/L - Games won, drawn or lost as percentage of games played in
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals

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

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

 List of Goals Scored (click to expand)
 06/03/99 4th Round Replay vs. Clydebank (H)  3 - 0
 23/11/96 Premier Division vs. Raith Rovers (H)  1 - 2

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


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.

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

    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.

  • 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 sent a diving header past Scott Howie from Ray McKinnon's free kick to make it 1-0 in five minutes. More chances fell United's way, but they failed to take them and midway through the half, the visitors finally came to life. Only a finger-tip save by Ally Maxwell kept out Billy Davies first time shot through a ruck of players. However, the move of the match ended when Gary McSwegan shot past after great work by Dave Bowman and Owen Coyle.

  • 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 visitors finished up with only nine men, but the first of two expulsions (Kirk) came as late as the 79th minute with Twaddle prematurely following him down the tunnel a mere three minutes from time.

  • 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 our passage into the quarter finals to meet Ayr United at Somerset Park.

  • 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, the home side were level. Even then we had enough chances after that to win the game, although Dunfermline too had their opportunities in an enthralling finale.