Michael Duberry

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Michael Duberry
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Duberry training with Oxford United in 2010
Personal information
Full nameMichael Wayne Duberry [1]
Date of birth (1975-10-14) 14 October 1975 (age 45) [1]
Place of birth Enfield, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm) [1]
Position(s) Centre-back
Youth career
1991–1993 Chelsea
Senior career*
1993–1999 Chelsea 87 (1)
1995AFC Bournemouth (loan) 7 (0)
1999–2005 Leeds United 57 (4)
2004–2005Stoke City (loan) 15 (0)
2005–2007 Stoke City 80 (1)
2007–2009 Reading 48 (0)
2009–2010 Wycombe Wanderers 18 (0)
2010–2011 St Johnstone 50 (1)
2011–2013 Oxford United 47 (3)
2013 Hendon 4 (0)
National team
1996–1997 England U21 5 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Michael Wayne Duberry (born 14 October 1975) is an English former professional footballer who played as a centre-back.


He started his career with Premier League side Chelsea, and also played in the top flight for Leeds United and Reading, and in the Scottish Premier League for St Johnstone. He has also previously played in the Football League for AFC Bournemouth, Stoke City, Wycombe Wanderers and Oxford United.

Club career


Duberry attended Enfield Grammar School in London and started his career at Chelsea where he was a trainee and made his debut during the 1993–94 season, before a brief loan period with AFC Bournemouth. Duberry made a total of 115 appearances for Chelsea and scored 3 goals, including one in a 2–1 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford in November 1996. [2] His two other Chelsea goals came in their 1995–96 FA Cup campaign, with goals against Grimsby Town [3] and Wimbledon. [4] He won the League Cup, the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and the European Super Cup with Chelsea, all in 1998, but faced stiff competition for a place in the side from the likes of Marcel Desailly and Frank Leboeuf. Duberry picked up an Achilles tendon injury in January 1997 meaning he missed the rest of that season, including the 1997 FA Cup Final. [5]

Leeds United

Seeking regular football, Duberry eventually requested a transfer and moved to Leeds United in June 1999 for £4.5 million. However, he again failed to break into the first team, as the likes of Jonathan Woodgate, Dominic Matteo, Lucas Radebe and Rio Ferdinand took Leeds to the Champions League semi-finals. He did play the full 90 minutes of their memorable 1–0 win over AC Milan at Elland Road during that campaign; [6] however, this would prove to be his last appearance of that season in any competition. He was involved in a court case with Leeds teammates Jonathan Woodgate and Lee Bowyer. The first season in which he played regularly for Leeds was 2003–04, as by this time Lucas Radebe had become increasingly injury-prone and crippling debt had forced the sales of Ferdinand and Woodgate. However, Duberry failed to impress in a defence often made up of loan signings (such as Zoumana Camara and Didier Domi) and then youth-team players (such as Frazer Richardson and Matthew Kilgallon).[ citation needed ]

Stoke City

When Leeds were relegated to the Football League he stayed on for a season until Leeds manager Kevin Blackwell allowed him to move to Stoke City where he went on to become a first-team regular and club captain. All 80 of his appearances for the club were as a starter; not once did he feature on the bench. He scored once for Stoke, in a 2–0 win over Crewe Alexandra. [7]


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Duberry training with Reading in 2007

On 31 January 2007, Duberry signed for Reading, who invoked a clause in his contract that allowed him to leave Stoke for a Premier League club if a set fee was received, rumoured to be in the region of £800,000. [8] He made his league debut for Reading on 24 February 2007 in their 2–1 defeat away to Middlesbrough. [9]

Wycombe Wanderers

On 15 May 2009, Reading announced that they would not be renewing Duberry's contract, [10] and on 10 July 2009 he signed a two-year contract with Wycombe Wanderers, [11] being appointed club captain shortly afterwards. Duberry was released from his contract at Wycombe on 1 February 2010 having seen his contract terminated by mutual consent, according to the official Wycombe Wanderers website.

St Johnstone

Four days later, Duberry signed for Scottish side St Johnstone. [12] He made his Saints debut in a 1–0 Scottish Cup defeat to Dundee United. [13] He scored his first goal for St Johnstone in a 2–2 draw with St Mirren on 17 April 2010. [14] Duberry re-signed a further one-year deal with St Johnstone on 27 May 2010. [15]

Oxford United

Duberry joined Oxford United on 1 June 2011, on a two-year deal, to be closer to his family. [16] He scored his first goal for the club, and the 8th of his career, in a 2–1 victory over Port Vale on 29 October 2011. [17] On 21 January 2012, Duberry scored a hat-trick which included two own goals followed by a last-minute equaliser as Oxford drew 2–2 with Hereford United. Duberry scored once with his left foot, once with his right, and once with a header—usually regarded as a 'perfect' hat-trick. [18]

In August 2012, 36-year-old Duberry underwent neck surgery in an attempt to prolong his career. He stated his hopes of a return to fitness within four months. [19] He made two substitute appearances in December 2012 and returned to the first-team starting line-up in a league fixture on 1 January 2013. [20] During his second season at the club he became the oldest outfield player to appear in the Oxford first team, his final appearance at Accrington Stanley coming at the age of 37 years and 195 days. He was released by Oxford at the end of the 2012–13 season having made 50 appearances for the club in two seasons. [21]


Michael Duberry announced that he had signed a week-to-week deal with non-league Hendon on 9 August 2013. After just 4 games, and 16 days with the Greens, Duberry was released. [22] He announced his retirement from football on 2 October 2013. [23]

International career

Duberry was eligible to play international football for England, through birth and Montserrat, as both his parents were born there. [24] He stated that Ruel Fox had asked him earlier in his career if he wanted to play for the Montserrat national football team, but declined as he stated his dream was to play for England. [24] Duberry was approached again, later in his career, whilst playing for St Johnstone. However, he declined again despite the team training in Enfield, close to where he grew up. [24]

Personal life

After retiring as a player, Duberry began Made Leaders, a mentoring, coaching and leadership business. [25]

Career statistics

ClubSeasonLeague FA Cup League Cup EuropeOther [A] Total
Chelsea 1993–94 [26] Premier League 20000020
1994–95 [27] Premier League00000000
1995–96 [28] Premier League2208000300
1996–97 [29] Premier League1511020181
1997–98 [30] Premier League230103060330
1998–99 [31] Premier League250203030330
AFC Bournemouth (loan) 1995–96 [28] Second Division 70000070
Leeds United 1999–2000 [32] Premier League131101010161
2000–01 [33] Premier League4000004080
2001–02 [34] Premier League3010201070
2002–03 [35] Premier League140202010190
2003–04 [36] Premier League193100000203
2004–05 [37] Championship 40100050
Stoke City 2004–05 [37] Championship2500000250
2005–06 [38] Championship4113010451
2006–07 [39] Championship2902010320
Reading 2006–07 [39] Premier League80000080
2007–08 [40] Premier League1301020160
2008–09 [41] Championship270001020300
Wycombe Wanderers 2009–10 [42] League One 180100000190
St Johnstone 2009–10 [42] Scottish Premier League 1711000181
2010–11 [43] Scottish Premier League3303030390
Oxford United 2011–12 [44] League Two 363001000373
2012–13 [45] League Two110200000130
Career total409103102201602048010
A.  ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Football League play-offs and Football League Trophy.



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