Sunday, 13 March 2011
306 Lee Duffy
Position : Right back ( also played on the wing)
Played : 2001-02 to 2003-04 (didn't feature in final season)
Appearances : 28
Goals : 0
Lee was a youngster who came through the YTS scheme. He had caught the eye in reserve and pre-season games with his pace and skill and made his debut away at Hull in September 2001.
At 5' 5 and under 10 stone Lee was one of the smallest players to turn out for Dale and a shrewd Dale stalwart said to me "At that size he's going to have to be exceptional to make it". He did look promising in his first appearances in 2001-02 , getting stuck in and adding some pace and dash going forward.
He got more opportunities under Paul Simpson starting 19 games in 2002-03 but in a less successful side he was more exposed and found wanting. He was still useful going forward but his defensive deficiencies were obvious. Against Wrexham on Boxing Day 2002 he went off injured and there was speculation that he'd taken a dive because he was being absolutely caned by their winger. Alan Buckley found no use for him and one of his last actions as Dale manager was sending him out on loan to Rossendale in December 2003.
A few months later he signed for Halifax for the rest of the season then moved on to Radcliffe Borough where he played for a number of seasons.