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Michael Duff




Date of birth





Northern Ireland

A Clarets’ club legend, Duff played for Burnley from 2004 to 2016, making 342 appearances and scoring seven goals.

 Born in Belfast in 1978, Duff moved to North Yorkshire as a child, and was spotted by the Darlington School of Excellence before moving to Oxfordshire-based Carterton Town as a 17-year-old.

A year later he joined Cheltenham Town, becoming a regular for the Robins, helping them win promotion to the Football League and making 242 appearances for the club.

Former Cheltenham manager Steve Cotterill then took Duff to Burnley in the summer of 2004, with the £30,000 price tag making him one of the club’s best ever pound-for-pound signings.

Originally employed as a right-back, Duff  then moved into the centre of the Clarets’ defence where he became a near permanent fixture, twice helping Burnley win promotion to the Premier League.

Making it to the top flight, he became the first player to play in the top eight tiers of English football in ascending order, as well as winning 24 caps for Northern Ireland.

In his final season as a player, Duff helped the Clarets win the Championship title at the age of 38, before moving onto the coaching staff at Turf Moor.

He spent a season as the Clarets’ under-18 coach before being promoted to take charge of the under-23 Development Squad at the start of the 2017/18 season.