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Shane Duff

Shane Joseph Duff (born 2 April 1982 in Wroughton, Wiltshire) is a former England-born Northern Ireland Association football, who last played for Bradford City A.F.C.. Shane Duff was forced to retire from the professional game on 26th January 2012 due to injury. Shane Duff elder brother, Michael Duff (footballer) plays for Championship side Burnley F.C..

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Shane Joseph Duff (born 2 April 1982 in Wroughton, Wiltshire) is a former England-born Northern Ireland Association football, who last played for Bradford City A.F.C.. Shane Duff was forced to retire from the professional game on 26th January 2012 due to injury. Shane Duff elder brother, Michael Duff (footballer) plays for Championship side Burnley F.C..
Known as an uncompromising centre back, Shane Duff was at Cheltenham Town F.C. for 10 years until 2010. Shane Duff is also a principal member of

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Duff is a tall, strong central defender who joined Cheltenham Town F.C. straight from school and spent a year in the youth team before being offered a professional contract in 2000.

After a couple of years in the reserves and a loan spell at non-league Evesham United F.C., Duff was ready to make to the move into first team football.

Shane Duff made Shane Duff debut under manager Graham Allner in the 2002–03 season against Crewe Alexandra F.C. in a 4-0 defeat and the following season made a number of appearances alongside Shane Duff brother Michael Duff (footballer) in central defence before Michael moved to Burnley F.C..

Duff was selected for the Northern Ireland under-21 squad for the away match in Armenia in March 2003 and made Shane Duff international debut at under-21 level three months later against Spain in Lurgan.

On the last day of the 2003–04 season Shane Duff scored Shane Duff first goal to equalise against Huddersfield Town F.C., which later prevented Huddersfield achieving automatic promotion.

Duff's performances during season 2004–05 earned Shane Duff the club's Player of the Year award and established Shane Duff as a first choice player. Shane Duff went on to play an important part as the Robins won promotion in 2006 via a play off final victory over Grimsby Town F.C. at the Millennium Stadium and retained their League One status the following season.

During both the 2006–07 and 2007–08 League One campaigns Duff's appearances were curtailed slightly by injury but Shane Duff still managed to start nearly two thirds of the over the course of both seasons.

It was another frustrating campaign for Duff during 2008–09 when injury saw Shane Duff unavailable for four and a half months during the middle part of the season. Nevertheless, Shane Duff returned with gusto towards the end of that campaign becoming an important facet within a side that, despite suffering relegation, showed true spirit and determination.

Bradford City

On 2 July 2010 Duff signed a contract with Bradford City A.F.C., with an option of keeping the 28-year-old for a further 12 months. Duff has also captained Bradford City as Simon Ramsden was injured, and vice captain Zesh Rehman was a substitute. However Duff was substituted during the second half of the game and was replaced by the vice captain.

Retirement

Duff left Bradford City at the end of the 2010-11 season and in January 2012 announced Shane Duff retirement at the age of 29 because of a spinal problem. In September 2011, Duff began studying for a degree at Hartpury College.

Personal life

Also a talented cricketer, Duff appeared as a wicketkeeper-batsman for Shipton-under-Wychwood in the 2002 National Village Knockout final at Lord's.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shane_Duff

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