Tommy Duff

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Tommy Duff
Personal information
Full nameThomas Edwin Duff [1]
Date of birth q4 1905 [2]
Place of birth West Cornforth, County Durham, England
Date of death q3 1951 (aged 45)
Place of death Canterbury, Kent, England
Height 5 ft 9 12 in (1.77 m) [3]
Playing position(s) Outside left
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
192?–1925 Bishop Auckland
1925–1928 Huddersfield Town 0 (0)
1928–19?? Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 3 (0)
1930 Darlington 2 (0)
1930–19?? Crook Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Thomas Edwin Duff (q4 1905 – q3 1951) was an English footballer who played as an outside left in the Football League for Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic and Darlington. He was on the books of Huddersfield Town without representing them in the league. [1]

Life and career

Duff was born in West Cornforth, County Durham, [1] the second child of Thomas Duff, a bricklayer, and his wife Elizabeth. [4] He began his football career as an amateur with Northern League club Bishop Auckland, and his performances earned him selection for a Football Association Amateur XI to face an Army XI  – the Army won 9–0 [5]  – and, in November 1925, a move to Football League First Division club Huddersfield Town. [6] Initially, Duff retained his amateur status with Huddersfield, but he turned professional in September 1926. [3] He played for their reserve team in the Central League, [7] but not for the first team. He came close on one occasion: with undisputed first-choice outside-left Billy Smith absent on representative duty with the Football League XI, Duff would have been the obvious replacement, had he not been injured. [8]

Duff moved on to Third Division South club Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic, for whom he made his Football League debut during the 1928–29 season. He finished the season, and his spell with the club, with three league appearances. [1] Ahead of the 1930–31 season, Duff joined Third Division Darlington on a month's trial. [9] [10] He scored for the reserves, [11] and played twice in the league [1]  – he hit the post near the end of the match after Darlington let slip a two-goal lead against Hull City, [12]  – but was not taken on permanently because of what the Northern Daily Mail called the "brilliance" of Peter Bell and Reuben Vine. [10] In September 1930, he signed for North Eastern League club Crook Town. [10]

Duff died in Canterbury, Kent, in 1951 at the age of 45. [13]

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References

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  2. "England & Wales births 1837–2006 Transcription" . Thomas Edwin Duff. Birth year: 1905. Quarter: 4. District: Sedgefield. County: Durham. Volume: 10A. Page: 112. Retrieved 16 November 2014 via Findmypast.
  3. 1 2 "Signed for Huddersfield" . Northern Daily Mail. West Hartlepool. 9 September 1926. p. 13 via British Newspaper Archive.
  4. "1911 England, Wales & Scotland Census Transcription Reading Room St West Cornforth, Cornforth, Durham, England" . Thomas Duff. Age: 5. Birthplace: Durham West Cornforth. Census reference: RG14PN29689 RG78PN1720 RD546 SD2 ED8 SN151. Retrieved 16 November 2014 via Findmypast.
  5. "F.A. team overwhelmed by the Army team at York" . Yorkshire Post. 19 November 1925. p. 12 via British Newspaper Archive.
  6. "Huddersfield's latest acquisition" . Northern Daily Mail. West Hartlepool. 11 November 1925. p. 6 via British Newspaper Archive.
  7. "New player for 'Town'" . Yorkshire Post. 18 March 1927. p. 16 via British Newspaper Archive.
  8. "Town's amateur winger" . Yorkshire Post. 10 March 1928. p. 23 via British Newspaper Archive.
  9. "No title" . Yorkshire Post. 27 August 1930. p. 16 via British Newspaper Archive.
  10. 1 2 3 "West Cornforth player for Crook" . Northern Daily Mail. West Hartlepool. 23 September 1930. p. 7 via British Newspaper Archive.
  11. "North-Eastern League" . Lancashire Daily Post. 8 September 1930. p. 9 via British Newspaper Archive.
  12. "Hull's winning rally" . Yorkshire Post. 11 September 1930. p. 17 via British Newspaper Archive.
  13. "England & Wales deaths 1837–2007 Transcription" . Thomas E. Duff. Age: 45. Death quarter: 3. Death year: 1951. District: Canterbury. County: Kent. Volume: 5B. Page: 192. Retrieved 16 November 2014 via Findmypast.