22 January 2012

Paddy Duffy


Name: Patrick Duffy
Born: Newry
Died:
Height:
Weight:
Position: Left-Back

Representative Honours: Ireland: 1 Amateur Cap (1937).
Club Honours: (with Newry) Mid-Ulster Cup Winner 1936/37; (with Cork United) League of Ireland Champion 1940/41, 1941/42, 1942/43, 1944/45; FAI Cup Winner 1940/41, Runner-Up 1941/42, 1942/43; League of Ireland Shield Winner 1942/43; Dublin City Cup Winner 1943/44; Munster Senior Cup Winner 1940/41.

Club Career:
Clubs
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
Other
Newry Celtic
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Newry Town
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1936
Amateur
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Sligo Rovers
39/40
1939
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/4
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Cork United
40/41-44/45
c/s-40
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/1
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Limerick
45/46-46/47
c/s-45
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/0
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TOTALS
£-
/5
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Biography:
A Newry native, Paddy Duffy played Junior football in the area with Newry Celtic before being promoted to senior level by Newry Town manager William Weir during the 1936/37 season. A light-framed but whole-hearted and enthusiastic defender, Duffy settled quickly in the higher surroundings. Two footed, he was equally at home in either full-back role, "speedy and clean in his work, [...] judicious in his tackles [and] remarkably quick in recovering [he] brought positioning to a fine art."

In his first season as an Irish League footballer Duffy aided Newry to a rare trophy success, the Mid-Ulster Cup being won for the first time, and earned selection for Amateur Ireland. His international bow, played against Scotland at Third Lanark's Cathkin Park, resulted in a 3-0 reverse, with Duffy putting through his own net for the Scots' opener. Despite the own goal in negative result, it was rightly predicted that Duffy would "soon have other souvenirs to swell his collection."  

Through the early-40s, Duffy spent a highly successful five seasons with Cork United, claiming four titles as well as FAI Cup, Shield, City Cup and Munster Cup successes. Among his teammates in the 1940/41 "Double" winning season were former Newry players, Jimmy Hooks and Mick McKenna and other colleagues included Bobby McFarlane (ex-Belfast Celtic, Larne and Distillery) and the goalscoring phenomenon Owen Madden (one-time capped by Ireland and formerly of Birmingham and Norwich City).

Ireland Amateur Cap Details:
21-04-1937 Scotland L 0-3

Summary: 1/0. Won 0, Drew 0, Lost 1.

Quotes from the ISN, 13/11/1937. With thanks to Jim Murphy. 

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