SUZANNE GELDARD: Duff is real rags to riches tale

Michael Duff challenges Didier Drogba

Michael Duff challenges Didier Drogba

First published in Sport Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Burnley FC reporter

WHEN Michael Duff was ploughing through the non-league pyramid he had one aim: to play one game in the Football League.

Last Saturday at Swansea he made his 500th career league appearance in the Premier League.

He cost Burnley just £30,000 from Cheltenham in 2004. It is fair to say they have got their money’s worth over the last decade... and then some!

It is almost inconceivable when you fast forward to a world where an individual can command an almost £60million fee.

But Duff’s story puts the reality into this fantasy football; a heart-warming so-called ‘rags to riches’ tale.

Forget Wayne Rooney as a role model for aspiring footballers, it is the likes of Duff who should be held up as a beacon to show what can be achieved when you combine ability with hard work, determination and belief.

Anything is possible, which is exactly what the Clarets will be reminding themselves when they step out of the dressing room and onto the pitch against Manchester United and their British record-breaking signing Angel di Maria at Turf Moor the day after tomorrow.

Two days after that is transfer deadline day, and what Sean Dyche would give for just a fraction of the finances available to his counterpart, Louis van Gaal.

How can the Clarets compete when you look at what their Premier League peers are spending.

But pricetags will be pointless on Saturday if Burnley can follow Swansea’s lead.

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4:16pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Keen O to Get Kean Out says...

''Forget Wayne Rooney'' id be very carefull
its a one horse race for the drop
''Forget Wayne Rooney'' id be very carefull its a one horse race for the drop Keen O to Get Kean Out
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4:30pm Thu 28 Aug 14

TurfMoor Tom says...

Fair play. Duff is a true gentleman of the modern game and deserves his chance. I heard he performed admirably against arguably the best team in Europe. If only we had that kind of heart and dedication to the cause down at Ewood.
Fair play. Duff is a true gentleman of the modern game and deserves his chance. I heard he performed admirably against arguably the best team in Europe. If only we had that kind of heart and dedication to the cause down at Ewood. TurfMoor Tom
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4:39pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Crispy Bacon says...

Keen O to Get Kean Out wrote:
''Forget Wayne Rooney'' id be very carefull
its a one horse race for the drop
Your command of grammar is so bad, it's laughable. Do you ever wonder why you aren't in gainful employment?
[quote][p][bold]Keen O to Get Kean Out[/bold] wrote: ''Forget Wayne Rooney'' id be very carefull its a one horse race for the drop[/p][/quote]Your command of grammar is so bad, it's laughable. Do you ever wonder why you aren't in gainful employment? Crispy Bacon
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4:53pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Keen O to Get Kean Out says...

Crispy Bacon wrote:
Keen O to Get Kean Out wrote:
''Forget Wayne Rooney'' id be very carefull
its a one horse race for the drop
Your command of grammar is so bad, it's laughable. Do you ever wonder why you aren't in gainful employment?
ooo are we in a grammer competition now , and a mind reader too , you are a clever boy, talk football plesae mr bacon
[quote][p][bold]Crispy Bacon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Keen O to Get Kean Out[/bold] wrote: ''Forget Wayne Rooney'' id be very carefull its a one horse race for the drop[/p][/quote]Your command of grammar is so bad, it's laughable. Do you ever wonder why you aren't in gainful employment?[/p][/quote]ooo are we in a grammer competition now , and a mind reader too , you are a clever boy, talk football plesae mr bacon Keen O to Get Kean Out
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5:04pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Crispy Bacon says...

Keen O to Get Kean Out wrote:
Crispy Bacon wrote:
Keen O to Get Kean Out wrote:
''Forget Wayne Rooney'' id be very carefull
its a one horse race for the drop
Your command of grammar is so bad, it's laughable. Do you ever wonder why you aren't in gainful employment?
ooo are we in a grammer competition now , and a mind reader too , you are a clever boy, talk football plesae mr bacon
No, it's not a competition but good grammar makes the difference between helping your uncle jack of a horse and helping your Uncle, Jack, off a horse.
[quote][p][bold]Keen O to Get Kean Out[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Crispy Bacon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Keen O to Get Kean Out[/bold] wrote: ''Forget Wayne Rooney'' id be very carefull its a one horse race for the drop[/p][/quote]Your command of grammar is so bad, it's laughable. Do you ever wonder why you aren't in gainful employment?[/p][/quote]ooo are we in a grammer competition now , and a mind reader too , you are a clever boy, talk football plesae mr bacon[/p][/quote]No, it's not a competition but good grammar makes the difference between helping your uncle jack of a horse and helping your Uncle, Jack, off a horse. Crispy Bacon
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5:07pm Thu 28 Aug 14

no ney never says...

What is this article supposed to be about? I was expecting to read about Duffs rise through football. It is what the headline suggests. So where is it?
What is this article supposed to be about? I was expecting to read about Duffs rise through football. It is what the headline suggests. So where is it? no ney never
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5:10pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Keen O to Get Kean Out says...

no ney never wrote:
What is this article supposed to be about? I was expecting to read about Duffs rise through football. It is what the headline suggests. So where is it?
we are all comparing Duff with Rooney , but BFC fans keep bringing the MightyRovers into it and spoelling misatakes
[quote][p][bold]no ney never[/bold] wrote: What is this article supposed to be about? I was expecting to read about Duffs rise through football. It is what the headline suggests. So where is it?[/p][/quote]we are all comparing Duff with Rooney , but BFC fans keep bringing the MightyRovers into it and spoelling misatakes Keen O to Get Kean Out
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5:16pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Keen O to Get Kean Out says...

Crispy Bacon wrote:
Keen O to Get Kean Out wrote:
Crispy Bacon wrote:
Keen O to Get Kean Out wrote:
''Forget Wayne Rooney'' id be very carefull
its a one horse race for the drop
Your command of grammar is so bad, it's laughable. Do you ever wonder why you aren't in gainful employment?
ooo are we in a grammer competition now , and a mind reader too , you are a clever boy, talk football plesae mr bacon
No, it's not a competition but good grammar makes the difference between helping your uncle jack of a horse and helping your Uncle, Jack, off a horse.
u fool mr bacon uncle jack doesnt have a comma in between it what skool did u go tooooooo
[quote][p][bold]Crispy Bacon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Keen O to Get Kean Out[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Crispy Bacon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Keen O to Get Kean Out[/bold] wrote: ''Forget Wayne Rooney'' id be very carefull its a one horse race for the drop[/p][/quote]Your command of grammar is so bad, it's laughable. Do you ever wonder why you aren't in gainful employment?[/p][/quote]ooo are we in a grammer competition now , and a mind reader too , you are a clever boy, talk football plesae mr bacon[/p][/quote]No, it's not a competition but good grammar makes the difference between helping your uncle jack of a horse and helping your Uncle, Jack, off a horse.[/p][/quote]u fool mr bacon uncle jack doesnt have a comma in between it what skool did u go tooooooo Keen O to Get Kean Out
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6:09pm Thu 28 Aug 14

mjp 53 says...

Keen O to Get Kean Out wrote:
Crispy Bacon wrote:
Keen O to Get Kean Out wrote:
Crispy Bacon wrote:
Keen O to Get Kean Out wrote:
''Forget Wayne Rooney'' id be very carefull
its a one horse race for the drop
Your command of grammar is so bad, it's laughable. Do you ever wonder why you aren't in gainful employment?
ooo are we in a grammer competition now , and a mind reader too , you are a clever boy, talk football plesae mr bacon
No, it's not a competition but good grammar makes the difference between helping your uncle jack of a horse and helping your Uncle, Jack, off a horse.
u fool mr bacon uncle jack doesnt have a comma in between it what skool did u go tooooooo
Mr Kean or is it Mr O To Get, I think what Mr Bacon was referring to was your Uncle jacking off a horse and that was why you saw the 2 commas in between. Here ends the spelling and punctuation lesson.
[quote][p][bold]Keen O to Get Kean Out[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Crispy Bacon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Keen O to Get Kean Out[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Crispy Bacon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Keen O to Get Kean Out[/bold] wrote: ''Forget Wayne Rooney'' id be very carefull its a one horse race for the drop[/p][/quote]Your command of grammar is so bad, it's laughable. Do you ever wonder why you aren't in gainful employment?[/p][/quote]ooo are we in a grammer competition now , and a mind reader too , you are a clever boy, talk football plesae mr bacon[/p][/quote]No, it's not a competition but good grammar makes the difference between helping your uncle jack of a horse and helping your Uncle, Jack, off a horse.[/p][/quote]u fool mr bacon uncle jack doesnt have a comma in between it what skool did u go tooooooo[/p][/quote]Mr Kean or is it Mr O To Get, I think what Mr Bacon was referring to was your Uncle jacking off a horse and that was why you saw the 2 commas in between. Here ends the spelling and punctuation lesson. mjp 53
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6:17pm Thu 28 Aug 14

BRFC:ThePeoplesChampions says...

Keen O to Get Kean Out wrote:
''Forget Wayne Rooney'' id be very carefull
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6:18pm Thu 28 Aug 14

BRFC:ThePeoplesChampions says...

Crispy Bacon wrote:
Keen O to Get Kean Out wrote:
''Forget Wayne Rooney'' id be very carefull
its a one horse race for the drop
Your command of grammar is so bad, it's laughable. Do you ever wonder why you aren't in gainful employment?
How's this for grammar, resident ESOL teacher?

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[quote][p][bold]Crispy Bacon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Keen O to Get Kean Out[/bold] wrote: ''Forget Wayne Rooney'' id be very carefull its a one horse race for the drop[/p][/quote]Your command of grammar is so bad, it's laughable. Do you ever wonder why you aren't in gainful employment?[/p][/quote]How's this for grammar, resident ESOL teacher? D O W N B Y C H R I S T M A S BRFC:ThePeoplesChampions
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6:19pm Thu 28 Aug 14

BRFC:ThePeoplesChampions says...

mjp 53 wrote:
Keen O to Get Kean Out wrote:
Crispy Bacon wrote:
Keen O to Get Kean Out wrote:
Crispy Bacon wrote:
Keen O to Get Kean Out wrote:
''Forget Wayne Rooney'' id be very carefull
its a one horse race for the drop
Your command of grammar is so bad, it's laughable. Do you ever wonder why you aren't in gainful employment?
ooo are we in a grammer competition now , and a mind reader too , you are a clever boy, talk football plesae mr bacon
No, it's not a competition but good grammar makes the difference between helping your uncle jack of a horse and helping your Uncle, Jack, off a horse.
u fool mr bacon uncle jack doesnt have a comma in between it what skool did u go tooooooo
Mr Kean or is it Mr O To Get, I think what Mr Bacon was referring to was your Uncle jacking off a horse and that was why you saw the 2 commas in between. Here ends the spelling and punctuation lesson.
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[quote][p][bold]mjp 53[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Keen O to Get Kean Out[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Crispy Bacon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Keen O to Get Kean Out[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Crispy Bacon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Keen O to Get Kean Out[/bold] wrote: ''Forget Wayne Rooney'' id be very carefull its a one horse race for the drop[/p][/quote]Your command of grammar is so bad, it's laughable. Do you ever wonder why you aren't in gainful employment?[/p][/quote]ooo are we in a grammer competition now , and a mind reader too , you are a clever boy, talk football plesae mr bacon[/p][/quote]No, it's not a competition but good grammar makes the difference between helping your uncle jack of a horse and helping your Uncle, Jack, off a horse.[/p][/quote]u fool mr bacon uncle jack doesnt have a comma in between it what skool did u go tooooooo[/p][/quote]Mr Kean or is it Mr O To Get, I think what Mr Bacon was referring to was your Uncle jacking off a horse and that was why you saw the 2 commas in between. Here ends the spelling and punctuation lesson.[/p][/quote]D O W N B Y C H R I S T M A S BRFC:ThePeoplesChampions
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7:49pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Keen O to Get Kean Out says...

BRFC:ThePeoplesChamp
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mjp 53 wrote:
Keen O to Get Kean Out wrote:
Crispy Bacon wrote:
Keen O to Get Kean Out wrote:
Crispy Bacon wrote:
Keen O to Get Kean Out wrote:
''Forget Wayne Rooney'' id be very carefull
its a one horse race for the drop
Your command of grammar is so bad, it's laughable. Do you ever wonder why you aren't in gainful employment?
ooo are we in a grammer competition now , and a mind reader too , you are a clever boy, talk football plesae mr bacon
No, it's not a competition but good grammar makes the difference between helping your uncle jack of a horse and helping your Uncle, Jack, off a horse.
u fool mr bacon uncle jack doesnt have a comma in between it what skool did u go tooooooo
Mr Kean or is it Mr O To Get, I think what Mr Bacon was referring to was your Uncle jacking off a horse and that was why you saw the 2 commas in between. Here ends the spelling and punctuation lesson.
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[quote][p][bold]BRFC:ThePeoplesChamp ions[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mjp 53[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Keen O to Get Kean Out[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Crispy Bacon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Keen O to Get Kean Out[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Crispy Bacon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Keen O to Get Kean Out[/bold] wrote: ''Forget Wayne Rooney'' id be very carefull its a one horse race for the drop[/p][/quote]Your command of grammar is so bad, it's laughable. Do you ever wonder why you aren't in gainful employment?[/p][/quote]ooo are we in a grammer competition now , and a mind reader too , you are a clever boy, talk football plesae mr bacon[/p][/quote]No, it's not a competition but good grammar makes the difference between helping your uncle jack of a horse and helping your Uncle, Jack, off a horse.[/p][/quote]u fool mr bacon uncle jack doesnt have a comma in between it what skool did u go tooooooo[/p][/quote]Mr Kean or is it Mr O To Get, I think what Mr Bacon was referring to was your Uncle jacking off a horse and that was why you saw the 2 commas in between. Here ends the spelling and punctuation lesson.[/p][/quote]D O W N B Y C H R I S T M A S[/p][/quote]O R E V E N E A R L I E R Keen O to Get Kean Out
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8:11pm Thu 28 Aug 14

IanMcL says...

As Michael Duff reminds us all - £30k and a friendly match" was the fee!
As Michael Duff reminds us all - £30k and a friendly match" was the fee! IanMcL
  • Score: 1

8:27pm Thu 28 Aug 14

George Oghani's Ironing Board says...

Sky+MOTD,DAOF, down by February. RTID
Sky+MOTD,DAOF, down by February. RTID George Oghani's Ironing Board
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8:40pm Thu 28 Aug 14

BRFC:ThePeoplesChampions says...

Keen O to Get Kean Out wrote:
BRFC:ThePeoplesChamp

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mjp 53 wrote:
Keen O to Get Kean Out wrote:
Crispy Bacon wrote:
Keen O to Get Kean Out wrote:
Crispy Bacon wrote:
Keen O to Get Kean Out wrote:
''Forget Wayne Rooney'' id be very carefull
its a one horse race for the drop
Your command of grammar is so bad, it's laughable. Do you ever wonder why you aren't in gainful employment?
ooo are we in a grammer competition now , and a mind reader too , you are a clever boy, talk football plesae mr bacon
No, it's not a competition but good grammar makes the difference between helping your uncle jack of a horse and helping your Uncle, Jack, off a horse.
u fool mr bacon uncle jack doesnt have a comma in between it what skool did u go tooooooo
Mr Kean or is it Mr O To Get, I think what Mr Bacon was referring to was your Uncle jacking off a horse and that was why you saw the 2 commas in between. Here ends the spelling and punctuation lesson.
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[quote][p][bold]Keen O to Get Kean Out[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BRFC:ThePeoplesChamp ions[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mjp 53[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Keen O to Get Kean Out[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Crispy Bacon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Keen O to Get Kean Out[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Crispy Bacon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Keen O to Get Kean Out[/bold] wrote: ''Forget Wayne Rooney'' id be very carefull its a one horse race for the drop[/p][/quote]Your command of grammar is so bad, it's laughable. Do you ever wonder why you aren't in gainful employment?[/p][/quote]ooo are we in a grammer competition now , and a mind reader too , you are a clever boy, talk football plesae mr bacon[/p][/quote]No, it's not a competition but good grammar makes the difference between helping your uncle jack of a horse and helping your Uncle, Jack, off a horse.[/p][/quote]u fool mr bacon uncle jack doesnt have a comma in between it what skool did u go tooooooo[/p][/quote]Mr Kean or is it Mr O To Get, I think what Mr Bacon was referring to was your Uncle jacking off a horse and that was why you saw the 2 commas in between. Here ends the spelling and punctuation lesson.[/p][/quote]D O W N B Y C H R I S T M A S[/p][/quote]O R E V E N E A R L I E R[/p][/quote]L I K E N O V E M B E R BRFC:ThePeoplesChampions
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9:16pm Thu 28 Aug 14

RobH2O . says...

George Oghani's Ironing Board wrote:
Sky+MOTD,DAOF, down by February. RTID
Puerile infant
[quote][p][bold]George Oghani's Ironing Board[/bold] wrote: Sky+MOTD,DAOF, down by February. RTID[/p][/quote]Puerile infant RobH2O .
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9:21pm Thu 28 Aug 14

BRFC:ThePeoplesChampions says...

RobH2O . wrote:
George Oghani's Ironing Board wrote:
Sky+MOTD,DAOF, down by February. RTID
Puerile infant
SAMARITANS HELPLINE NUMBER: 08457 90 90 90
[quote][p][bold]RobH2O .[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]George Oghani's Ironing Board[/bold] wrote: Sky+MOTD,DAOF, down by February. RTID[/p][/quote]Puerile infant[/p][/quote]SAMARITANS HELPLINE NUMBER: 08457 90 90 90 BRFC:ThePeoplesChampions
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2:47am Fri 29 Aug 14

mjp 53 says...

BRFC:ThePeoplesChamp
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RobH2O . wrote:
George Oghani's Ironing Board wrote:
Sky+MOTD,DAOF, down by February. RTID
Puerile infant
SAMARITANS HELPLINE NUMBER: 08457 90 90 90
Keep that number handy for when FFP comes in and wipes you out. Could be a busy time down at the Samaritans.
[quote][p][bold]BRFC:ThePeoplesChamp ions[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RobH2O .[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]George Oghani's Ironing Board[/bold] wrote: Sky+MOTD,DAOF, down by February. RTID[/p][/quote]Puerile infant[/p][/quote]SAMARITANS HELPLINE NUMBER: 08457 90 90 90[/p][/quote]Keep that number handy for when FFP comes in and wipes you out. Could be a busy time down at the Samaritans. mjp 53
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8:45am Fri 29 Aug 14

Pembina says...

TurfMoor Tom wrote:
Fair play. Duff is a true gentleman of the modern game and deserves his chance. I heard he performed admirably against arguably the best team in Europe. If only we had that kind of heart and dedication to the cause down at Ewood.
If he was playing outside my window I would close the curtains
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoor Tom[/bold] wrote: Fair play. Duff is a true gentleman of the modern game and deserves his chance. I heard he performed admirably against arguably the best team in Europe. If only we had that kind of heart and dedication to the cause down at Ewood.[/p][/quote]If he was playing outside my window I would close the curtains Pembina
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9:43am Fri 29 Aug 14

RobH2O . says...

Pembina wrote:
TurfMoor Tom wrote:
Fair play. Duff is a true gentleman of the modern game and deserves his chance. I heard he performed admirably against arguably the best team in Europe. If only we had that kind of heart and dedication to the cause down at Ewood.
If he was playing outside my window I would close the curtains
That means he would not have to look at you. Seems like he's on a winner eh?
[quote][p][bold]Pembina[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TurfMoor Tom[/bold] wrote: Fair play. Duff is a true gentleman of the modern game and deserves his chance. I heard he performed admirably against arguably the best team in Europe. If only we had that kind of heart and dedication to the cause down at Ewood.[/p][/quote]If he was playing outside my window I would close the curtains[/p][/quote]That means he would not have to look at you. Seems like he's on a winner eh? RobH2O .
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1:15pm Fri 29 Aug 14

ReluctantNicko says...

Duffo will be a Burnley legend.
Duffo will be a Burnley legend. ReluctantNicko
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