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Duff Relishing A Family Affair

31 July 2015

Burnley v Bradford City (3pm kick-off)
Michael Duff Testimonial
Turf Moor
Saturday 1st August


Michael Duff is looking forward to making his testimonial game this weekend a family affair.

Around 90 family and friends will boost what is expected to be a healthy crowd, as the Clarets fans and squad pay tribute to their longest serving player.

Michael, who joined the club back in the summer of 2004, will also have his two sons Tommy, 7 and Jack, 5 as mascots for the day, along with cousins Maisie and Iggy.

And the loyal servant is also delighted that his benefit game against Bradford City will be a competitive affair, with the kick off to his 12th season at Turf Moor just a week away.

He said: "It's very nice of the club to grant me the game and I'm really looking forward to it.

"There's around 90 family and friends coming up, so it will be good day out, hopefully a good result, and hopefully I'll be playing too!

"I like it that it's a competitive pre-season game and it should be a proper game of football.

"Obviously it will be fantastic to see people turn up and it's a great chance for the fans to see a few new signings and get in the mood for the season ahead, because with just one week to go I'm sure both teams will be going at it."

Michael, more than anyone in the Burnley dressing room, has been the one constant as the club has evolved at pace in the past decade.

He remains the only Claret to have appeared in the Premier League twice.

And the 37-year-old, who currently stands joint 15th (with Derek Scott) in the club's list of all-time appearance makers, is still driven with a burning desire to complete the hat-trick.

"I keep saying that I've been here for so long because nobody else wanted me, but I've enjoyed every minute I have been here," he added.

"There have been far more ups than downs and just look at the progress the club has made in the 11 years since I came.

"It's night and day, whether it's the training ground, the pitch or the squad.

"The first promotion set the foundations and even though we went down again last year it's allowed the club to change the whole infrastructure.

"It's been a huge upwards curve while I've been here and even in the two relegation seasons, the fans saw a lot of good football and many world class players coming to Turf Moor.

"If you'd said that when I came here in 2004 and we had eight players, most people would have laughed at you."

Ticketing:

Prices for this fixture are as follows:

Adults: £10
All concessions: £5

- The James Hargreaves Upper and James Hargreaves Lower stands will be the only ones 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.

- Concessions: £5/Under 18s, over 65s and students (on display of valid I.D only).

- Season tickets are not valid for this fixture.

- Ticket Collections to be made from match Day Ticket Collection Point.

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