Former Claret Steven Caldwell has described Michael Duff as one of Burnley’s ‘finest ever players’ ahead of his testimonial against Bradford City at Turf Moor.
Caldwell captained the Clarets to promotion in 2009 with Duff as his partner at the heart of defence, in a season that also saw Burnley stun some of the market leaders in cup competition.
The 34-year-old defender recently retired after his time with Toronto FC in Canada and moved to pay tribute to his ex-teammate and friend.
“He’s got to be one of the finest players in Burnley’s history with the service that he’s given to the club.
“The 2008/09 season was a fantastic one. We played about 60 something games but we had such togetherness and Duffo and I were very close too.
“We were roommates on long away trips, very good friends and head tennis partners! We even shared a car every morning with Robbie Blake and Stephen Jordan.
“They were great times and such great memories with him. I don’t get to see him as much as I’d like to now of course, but I still speak to him every month or two to see how he’s getting on.
“He’s had a fantastic career and I hope he has a fantastic day on Saturday.”
Duff suffered a serious injury against Crystal Palace back in 2008, in which he suffered cruciate, hamstring and lateral ligament damage, but is now entering his 12th season in Claret and Blue.
Duff goes up against Caldwell in the air at St Andrews
And the former Scottish international says he saw first-hand the extreme dedication that it took for Duff to bounce back and reach that remarkable feat and ensure his career was not curtailed prematurely.
Caldwell added: “He had a serious knee injury and it was difficult to come back from that. He’s shown that resilience to come back and play for a number of years.
“It just shows you how professional he is and how much he has taken care of his body. It really is an incredible achievement to play past 35 year old.
“It takes extreme dedication and he’s shown that. He’s probably got even better with age as well!
“Sometimes when you have the thought of football being taken away then the injury,which wasn’t a simple one, takes great effort and belief to recover from.
“He appreciated that every day that he came through it and gave everything he had to make sure there was longevity in his career.”
Tickets for Michael Duff's testimonial remain on sale and are priced as follows:
All concessions: £5
The James Hargreaves Upper and James Hargreaves Lower will be the only area open for this game.
Please note that adults can pay on the turnstile. Concessions MUST purchase a ticket from the club in advance of kick off.
Tickets can be purchased via the following options:
Visit: Turf Moor Ticket Office
Call: 0871 221 1914 (opt 1)