Rob Duffy scored goals aplenty at Oxford United and Mansfield Town, as well as pitching in with 9 at Grimsby Town. An injury at the start of the 2011/12 season for The Imps, saw him him needing an operation for Rob to have any chance of continuing to earn a living from the game. When he left City the pay-off was understood to see the caring Imps foot the bill for the operation. STMI takes a look at the career of another quality player that saw the fates deny him a chance to prove his undeniable ability…. or have they?.
No they haven’t it seems for Rob Duffy has overcome that career threatening injury and rewarded Ilkeston manager Kevin Wilson’s faith on two counts so far this season. Not only has he rammed home eight goals in eight games, but, he has also rejected an offer to join Goole AFC. Lincoln City were good enough to stretch to an operation on an ankle injury, allowing the 31-year-old to make a slow but sure comeback at Kings Lynn last season before Wilson signed him for NPL rivals Ilkeston at the start of the season.
In two seasons he cracked 25 goals in 60 appearances for Oxford despite two months out with a broken arm. The Stags almost missed him, trialling him before The Exiles stepped in. However in the January of that season they came to their senses and brother Dean Holdsworth allowed David to take him on an eighteen month deal. David gave him a two year deal where he bagged 28 League goals in 81 BSP appearances, that effectively saved the Stags who were hanging on by their antlers that year. Grimsby, awash with money as ever, came in with an undisclosed fee in the winter window and offered terms that the Stags were unable to match at the time. The deal was completed three days before the January window closed.
Rob – a hero at Oxford United and Mansfield has had some tough knocks in the last couple of years. Mariners’ chairman John Fenty even tagged him as a ‘mistake’ – the Mariners are looking for a striker too after all up front have reported to sick bay. But David Holdsworth always rated him as a lad with ability, who had the track record and hunger to prove the doubters wrong. His strike rate – 9 goals in all competitions or 1 every 140 mins – as a bit part-player a The Mariners, suggested Rob was indeed the landmark signing in 2011/12 for Lincoln along with miss-firing mercurial Adam Smith.
Under Holdsworth at Mansfield Town, the striker had duly helped to steer them away from relegation at a time when the club had no cash. Rob certainly looked to have the pedigree and the prowess we needed at 6′ 2″ and 13 stone 10lb. The former Wales U21 may have a laid back style but he is still the composed and quiet battler. He failed to dislodge hit-man-Hearn and Elding at Grimsby, despite 9 goals from his 19 starts and 20 substitute appearances. Alas just 3 games in after a decent start next to Taylor, he was forced off with an ankle injury just 44 minutes into an away game at Newport. Rob, one of the highest earners at the club, was destined to become a financial albatross during a frustrating season as that early doors ankle injury in the 2011/12 season appeared to end his career.
|Full name||Robert Duffy|
|Date of birth||2 December 1982|
|Place of birth||Swansea, Wales|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|2001–2005||Rushden & Diamonds||30||(1)|
|2005||→ Stamford (loan)||2||(2)|
|2008||→ Wrexham (loan)||6||(0)|
|2013-2014||King’s Lynn Town||7||(6)|
How Doncaster Rovers allowed this undeniably raw talent to slip through the net shows how far they and former club Gainsborough Trinity have progressed, whilst the Mighty Imps have stagnated and until latterly fallen. Holdsworth however has made his poor budget count, with the Imps even agreeing to a tribunal fee, that however small, will chew into a £400,000 cupboard -is-bare- budget in its entirety. But the Bank has a new beast, a hungry one at that, for Andrew has always wanted to be a professional footballer and this suggests the Mighty Imps still have the heritage to bounce back.
|Date of Birth||05/11/1989 (age 22)|
|Youth career||Doncaster Rovers|
|Former Clubs||Kings Lynn Gainsborough|
Boyce is a boss in either Box, a bit raw, but he will not only meet and greet this step up head on; no he will inspire our back four. His pace is deceptive, his positioning is good too. His will go on to be our Kovacs, but also our new McAuley or McCoombe.
A Doncaster Rovers youth, he saw loans at Worksop and Mansfield Town, before leaving Donny by mutual consent. Andrew then witnessed his club go bust, when Kings Lynn went out of business in December 2009. Brian Little snapped him up as a free agent with the 22 year-old repaying the faith particularly this season when he has become a first choice centre-half alongside Waterfall who is also a quality player.
He was immense part of Gainsborough’s set-piece supremacy throughout the season although he was equally heroic and inspirational in both boxes. Knock-backs against Altrincham and in the two play-off semis against FC Halifax got them to the final. He had a titanic tussle with Brown who got one away to settle the final for Nuneaton, but was still the Blues man of the match.
Little said of Boycey when he signed him ”Andrew was highly sought after, quite a few teams were chasing him so I’m pleased we got in there first.”
Perhaps we have got there just in time then, good luck Andrew welcome to Impdom.