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8-Goal Duffy Is Back – Former Oxford, Mansfield & Imp Striker Back in Business

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.

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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.

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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.

STMI Biopic
Full name Robert Duffy
Date of birth 2 December 1982 (age 31)
Place of birth Swansea, Wales
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Ilkeston
Youth career
1998–2001 Charlton Athletic
Senior stats
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2005 Rushden & Diamonds 30 (1)
2005 → Stamford (loan) 2 (2)
2005 Cambridge United 9 (0)
2005 Kettering Town 4 (1)
2006 Gainsborough Trinity ? (?)
2006 Stevenage Borough 1 (0)
2006–2008 Oxford United 56 (24)
2008 → Wrexham (loan) 6 (0)
2008–2009 Newport County 21 (1)
2009–2011 Mansfield Town 78 (28)
2011–2012 Grimsby Town 52 (8)
2012–2013 Lincoln City 3 (0)
2013-2014 King’s Lynn Town 7 (6)
2014– Ilkeston 8 (8)

 

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Captain Foster Then?

Luke Foster, latterly of Preston NE, captained Oxford United  the season they returned to the league. Former Sheffield WednesdayOxford UnitedMansfield Town, Stevenage, York City, Rotherham and Alfreton centre-half Luke Foster was released by League 1 side Preston North End this summer and would be an outstanding candidate to take over the armband against Wrexham FC,  in the 3 match absence of Alan Power thanks to a red card at Cambridge.

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Foster did not do much wrong at Preston during his short-term deal and only officially came off the Whites pay-roll last month. However the former Oxford legend had trained with the Imps all summer before magnanimously agreeing to a 70% pay cut at a time when he and his fiancée are getting a fledgling fashion business off the ground.

Foster was magnificent in pre-season and continues to put in inspiring performances as the Imps have faced superior resources in every game.  Luke certainly looks a good candidate to take the captain’s armband for Monday, although Nolan has also been a somewhat unsung midfield general so far this season.

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Thanks for the Pic WIKI – Luke in his Oxford United days
STMI BIOPIC
FULL NAME Luke James Foster
DATE OF BIRTH 8 September 1985 (age 27)
PLACE OF BIRTH Mexborough, England
HEIGHT/WEIGHT 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 12st 5lb (78.46kg)
PLAYING POSITION Defender
CAREER STATUS
CURRENT CLUB Lincoln City (June 2014)
NUMBER  27
YOUTH CAREER
2002–2004 Sheffield Wednesday
SENIOR STATS
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Sheffield Wednesday 0 (0)
2004–2005 Scarborough (loan) 8 (0)
2005 Alfreton Town (loan) 18 (3)
2005–2007 Lincoln City 17 (1)
2006 York City (loan) 6 (0)
2007 Stalybridge Celtic 4 (1)
2007–2010 Oxford United 109 (3)
2010 Mansfield Town 16 (0)
2010–2011 Stevenage 24 (1)
2011–2012 Rotherham United 6 (0)
2012 Matlock Town 9 (0)
2012–2013 Preston North End 8 (0)
INTERNATIONAL
2008 England C (V Bosnia)

Footballer Foster Takes 70% Pay Cut For Love of Game

Former Sheffield Wednesday, Preston, Oxford UnitedMansfield Town, Stevenage, York City, Rotherham and Alfreton centre-half Luke Foster has taken a 70% pay-cut to team up with the Imps because he believes he can do for big mate Simmo what he did at Oxford Utd as their Conference promotion captain.  His desire to put something back in the game whilst he continues to back a fledgling fashion business with his fiancée will make every working man & woman in Britain proud –  and he has even been willing to wait until the admin staff arrive back from holiday to sign the full 1 year deal today.  Outstanding stuff Fozzie STMI hope your enterprise and ambition is rewarded on and off the pitch!

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Preston, the League 1 club who have still been paying his wages,  were kind enough to allow him to link up with big mate Simmo  after they  agreed to release him in May and he has been loyally training with Lincoln on a non-contract basis since pre-season began putting in some outstanding performances on the pitch whilst being a massive mentor to the youngsters off it.  Not sure what they put in the Yorkshire water but this is yet another ex- Sheffield Wednesday  youth, a Mexborough lad, who was spotted by Simmo and signed and rebuilt by him in 2005. His agent could have got him better deals elsewhere but he never asked – loyalty to your mates runs high – and this message will spread through the dressing room like the elixir of life. Fozzie you are a hero at a club that needs all the help it can get to bounce back (hopefully it will be our lucky 7th return to the League).

For those who missed the full STMI biopic back on May 4th, here is a rerun………

Sheffield Wednesday rated Luke highly enough to offer him a first year pro-deal then farmed him out for experience to Scarborough and Alfreton. Simmo, a lifelong Wednesday fan (the top job would be the dream, but only once his driven mission at Lincoln was complete), was eager to take him to Lincoln and he signed a two year deal, unbeknown to all that the KA era would soon come to a close. Schofield never gave Luke a look in during the second season of his deal and York took him on loan. 

Stalybridge offered him a deal for the start of the season but Luke class and composure  earned a deal with Oxford just 4 games into the new season. He was a rock (illustrating his BSP) pedigree as Oxford finally got back into the Football League.  He became captain and won the fans and players’ awards for best player, making 109 commanding appearances for United, scoring 3 goals.  The move to Holdsworth’s Mansfield  in 2010 did not work out with just 16 outings. Luke slated Mansfield under Reg, referring to the dressing room as a shambles although he did make a full apology to the fans.

Stevenage offered him a way out and he was inspirational in the League 1 play-off success of 2010-11. The 24 league games certainly put the Stags stint behind him.  The move to ambitious big spending Rotherham saw Luke sustain a cruciate injury that wiped out the season. Keen to stay local (he has interests in fashion and retail)  Luke signed for Matlock  making 9 appearances last season until a relative heavyweight came calling.

Preston teed up a trial which and to his credit he showed enough at the Whites to earn a  deal until the end of the season. This shows the quality we could soon come to rely on even if he managed just 8 appearances (6 league 2 cup) and one goal (header V Coventry FLT) for Preston last season. The first choice central defensive pairing of Wright and Huntingdon is something of an irresistible and immovable force.

The Imps have had to play a waiting game, but as they say possession is nine tenths of the law.  Luke is Yorkshire based,  as are his growing business interests in fashion. Indeed Luke wants to have a multi-million business by the time he is 40, to this end he and his partner have set up 601 Ltd. So we need a need a centre-half and according to an interesting Linked in profile snippet, with regard to his time at Lincoln :  First time being a pro and made me the person I am today.  Could this suggest that Luke may benefit from teaming up with Simmo again? He could certainly add to his international CV, having played just the once against Bosnia Herzegovina.

Preston 2012/13 stats 

Sq no Player  Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots off Shots on Assists YC RC
27 Luke Foster 6 2 584 1 5 3 0 1 0

Preston 2012/13 stats 

Sq no Player  Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots off Shots on Assists YC RC
27 Luke Foster 6 2 584 1 5 3 0 1 0
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Thanks for the Pic WIKI – Luke in his Oxford United days
PERSONAL INFORMATION
FULL NAME Luke James Foster
DATE OF BIRTH 8 September 1985 (age 27)
PLACE OF BIRTH Mexborough, England
HEIGHT/WEIGHT 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
PLAYING POSITION Defender
CLUB INFORMATION
CURRENT CLUB Preston North End
NUMBER 27
YOUTH CAREER
2002–2004 Sheffield Wednesday
SENIOR STATS
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Sheffield Wednesday 0 (0)
2004–2005 Scarborough (loan) 8 (0)
2005 Alfreton Town (loan) 18 (3)
2005–2007 Lincoln City 17 (1)
2006 York City (loan) 6 (0)
2007 Stalybridge Celtic 4 (1)
2007–2010 Oxford United 109 (3)
2010 Mansfield Town 16 (0)
2010–2011 Stevenage 24 (1)
2011–2012 Rotherham United 6 (0)
2012 Matlock Town 9 (0)
2012–2013 Preston North End 6 (0)
International
2008 England C

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Simmo Needs Jigsaw Piece – Who Is Luke Foster

Former Sheffield WednesdayOxford UnitedMansfield Town, Stevenage, York City, Rotherham and Alfreton centre-half Luke Foster was released by League 1 side Preston North End in May, he has been with Lincoln since training began.  Another ex- Sheffield Wednesday youth, the Mexborough lad was spotted by Simmo and signed by KA in 2005. Despite getting a two year deal he played no part in John Schofield’s brief carpet-ball revolution during the 2006-7 season. Still on trial at Lincoln, the big question is: Will he sign and thus complete the Imps defensive jigsaw? This will be vital if the fantastic forward four are to be able to fire us to glory.  Simmo clearly knows the lad, but he will have to use his enticing skills to the full, if he is to have any chance of landing a talented centre-back.

Thank-you for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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Sheffield Wednesday rated Luke highly enough to offer him a first year pro-deal then farmed him out for experience to Scarborough and Alfreton. Simmo, a lifelong Wednesday fan (the top job would be the dream, but only once his driven mission at Lincoln was complete), was eager to take him to Lincoln and he signed a two year deal, unbeknown to all that the KA era would soon come to a close. Schofield never gave Luke a look in during the second season of his deal and York took him on loan. 

Stalybridge offered him a deal for the start of the season but Luke class and composure  earned a deal with Oxford just 4 games into the new season. He was a rock (illustrating his BSP) pedigree as Oxford finally got back into the Football League.  He became captain and won the fans and players’ awards for best player, making 109 commanding appearances for United, scoring 3 goals.  The move to Holdsworth’s Mansfield  in 2010 did not work out with just 16 outings. Luke slated Mansfield under Reg, referring to the dressing room as a shambles although he did make a full apology to the fans.

Stevenage offered him a way out and he was inspirational in the League 1 play-off success of 2010-11. The 24 league games certainly put the Stags stint behind him.  The move to ambitious big spending Rotherham saw Luke sustain a cruciate injury that wiped out the season. Keen to stay local (he has interests in fashion and retail)  Luke signed for Matlock  making 9 appearances last season until a relative heavyweight came calling.

Preston teed up a trial which and to his credit he showed enough at the Whites to earn a  deal until the end of the season. This shows the quality we could soon come to rely on even if he managed just 8 appearances (6 league 2 cup) and one goal (header V Coventry FLT) for Preston last season. The first choice central defensive pairing of Wright and Huntingdon is something of an irresistible and immovable force.

The Imps have had to play a waiting game, but as they say possession is nine tenths of the law.  Luke is Yorkshire based,  as are his growing business interests in fashion. Indeed Luke wants to have a multi-million business by the time he is 40, to this end he and his partner have set up 601 Ltd. So we need a need a centre-half and according to an interesting Linked in profile snippet, with regard to his time at Lincoln :  First time being a pro and made me the person I am today.  Could this suggest that Luke may benefit from teaming up with Simmo again? He could certainly add to his international CV, having played just the once against Bosnia Herzegovina.

Preston 2012/13 stats 

Sq no Player  Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots off Shots on Assists YC RC
27 Luke Foster 6 2 584 1 5 3 0 1 0
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Thanks for the Pic WIKI – Luke in his Oxford United days
STMI Biopic
FULL NAME Luke James Foster
DATE OF BIRTH 8 September 1985 (age 27)
PLACE OF BIRTH Mexborough, England
HEIGHT/WEIGHT 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 12st 5lb (78.46kg)
PLAYING POSITION Defender
Career Status
CURRENT CLUB none
NUMBER
YOUTH CAREER
2002–2004 Sheffield Wednesday
SENIOR STATS
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Sheffield Wednesday 0 (0)
2004–2005 Scarborough (loan) 8 (0)
2005 Alfreton Town (loan) 18 (3)
2005–2007 Lincoln City 17 (1)
2006 York City (loan) 6 (0)
2007 Stalybridge Celtic 4 (1)
2007–2010 Oxford United 109 (3)
2010 Mansfield Town 16 (0)
2010–2011 Stevenage 24 (1)
2011–2012 Rotherham United 6 (0)
2012 Matlock Town 9 (0)
2012–2013 Preston North End 8 (0)
International
2008 England C (V Bosnia)

Will Foster Beat Off Fenton For City Contract

Former Preston North EndOxford UnitedMansfield Town, Stevenage and Rotherham, centre-half Luke Foster is ready to beat off the challenge off 33 year old former Millers captain fantastic Nick Fenton, who mysteriously turned down the chance to join ambitious Chester FC this week. Ryan Wignall (ex Liverpool FC and Burscough) is also on trial at Scunthorpe United, the winger /striker is up for grabs and an exciting talent after Wolves failed to offer him a deal.

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With Gary Simpson looking for experience, a commanding display at Grantham Town on Saturday could well seal the deal, even though Nick Fenton is looking to stay local as he completes his physiotherapy course in Mansfield.  This must put Alfreton favourites, who in turn are trying to keep want away striker Tomlinson.

Luke played well at Lincoln Utd, but his display at Harrogate was less commanding and the test at Grantham will come from a very tall side who look to set pieces to turn the screw. Lincoln conceded from a set-piece at Lincoln Utd and at Harrogate. With Brown, Boyce, Miller and Gray doubtful, Luke will need to muster all of his experience to hold off an aerial bombardment.

With a new set of trialists on the verge of arriving at Washingborough it could be a very interesting weekend for Simmo who is still looking for a centre-back and striker. The Imps exciting 4-2-3-1 formation has the space for four forwards suggesting he will need 6-7 goal hungry predators to pillage and plunder the defences of our Conference foes.

Preston 2012/13 stats 

Sq no Player  Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots off Shots on Assists YC RC
27 Luke Foster 6 2 584 1 5 3 0 1 0
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Thanks for the Pic WIKI – Luke in his Oxford United days
PERSONAL INFORMATION
FULL NAME Luke James Foster
DATE OF BIRTH 8 September 1985 (age 27)
PLACE OF BIRTH Mexborough, England
HEIGHT/WEIGHT 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
PLAYING POSITION Defender
CLUB INFORMATION
CURRENT CLUB Preston North End
NUMBER 27
YOUTH CAREER
2002–2004 Sheffield Wednesday
SENIOR STATS
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Sheffield Wednesday 0 (0)
2004–2005 Scarborough (loan) 8 (0)
2005 Alfreton Town (loan) 18 (3)
2005–2007 Lincoln City 17 (1)
2006 York City (loan) 6 (0)
2007 Stalybridge Celtic 4 (1)
2007–2010 Oxford United 109 (3)
2010 Mansfield Town 16 (0)
2010–2011 Stevenage 24 (1)
2011–2012 Rotherham United 6 (0)
2012 Matlock Town 9 (0)
2012–2013 Preston North End 6 (0)
International
2008 England C – no data

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Foster Back On The Menu Then?

Former Preston North End, Oxford UnitedMansfield Town, Stevenage, Rotherham, York City and Alfreton centre-half Luke Foster  is on tial at Lincoln City STMI revealed he was a target for Simmo when we ran a ‘WHO IS?’ back on May 4th.  So it looks as if he is still very much a target for Gary Simpson, although surely wages will be a massive problem?

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Luke was released by League 1 side Preston North End in May and is another ex- Sheffield Wednesday youth. In fact the Mexborough lad was spotted by Simmo and signed by KA in 2005.  Despite getting a two year deal he played no part in John Schofield’s brief carpet-ball revolution during the 2006-7 season.  Simmo clearly knows the lad, but he will have to use his enticing skills to the full, if he is to have any chance of landing a talented centre-back.

Luke managed just 8 appearances (6 league 2 cup) and one goal (header V Coventry FLT) for Preston last season, having failed to dislodge Wright and Huntingdon. He was only at the Whites on a short-term deal and now finds himself looking for work. He has the BSP promotion pedigree having helped Oxford to finally get back into the League. He made 109 appearances for United but has failed to settle at any other club with Stevenage (24 aps) and Holdsworth’s Mansfield (16) the two exceptions. Luke slated Mansfield, referring to the dressing room as a shambles although he did make a full apology to the fans. Loans at York as well as Scarborough and Alfreton, both whilst on Wednesday’s books, also complement a CV that could benefit from teaming up with Simmo again.

The Imps may have to play a waiting game, as the Yorkshire based centre-half will surely catch the attention of plenty of League 2 suitors this side of the Pennines.

Preston 2012/13 stats 

Sq no Player  Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots off Shots on Assists YC RC
27 Luke Foster 6 2 584 1 5 3 0 1 0
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Thanks for the Pic WIKI – Luke in his Oxford United days
Personal information
Full name Luke James Foster
Date of birth 8 September 1985 (age 27)
Place of birth Mexborough, England
Height/Weight 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Preston North End
Number 27
Youth career
2002–2004 Sheffield Wednesday
Senior Stats
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Sheffield Wednesday 0 (0)
2004–2005 Scarborough (loan) 8 (0)
2005 Alfreton Town (loan) 18 (3)
2005–2007 Lincoln City 17 (1)
2006 York City (loan) 6 (0)
2007 Stalybridge Celtic 4 (1)
2007–2010 Oxford United 109 (3)
2010 Mansfield Town 16 (0)
2010–2011 Stevenage 24 (1)
2011–2012 Rotherham United 6 (0)
2012 Matlock Town 9 (0)
2012–2013 Preston North End 6 (0)
National team
2008 England C

Who Is Luke Foster ?

Former Oxford United, Mansfield Town, Stevenage, Rotherham, York City and Alfreton centre-half Luke Foster has just been released by League 1 side Preston North End.  Another ex- Sheffield Wednesday youth, the Mexborough lad was spotted by Simmo and signed by KA in 2005.  Despite getting a two year deal he played no part in John Schofield’s brief carpet-ball revolution during the 2006-7 season.  Simmo clearly knows the lad, but he will have to use his enticing skills to the full, if he is to have any chance of landing a talented centre-back.

Thankyou for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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Luke managed just 8 appearances (6 league 2 cup) and one goal (header V Coventry FLT) for Preston last season, having failed to dislodge Wright and Huntingdon. He was only at the Whites on a short-term deal and now finds himself looking for work. He has the BSP promotion pedigree having helped Oxford to finally get back into the League. He made 109 appearances for United but has failed to settle at any other club with Stevenage (24 aps) and Holdsworth’s Mansfield (16) the two exceptions. Luke slated Mansfield, referring to the dressing room as a shambles although he did make a full apology to the fans. Loans at York as well as Scarborough and Alfreton, both whilst on Wednesday’s books, also complement a CV that could benefit from teaming up with Simmo again.

The Imps may have to play a waiting game, as the Yorkshire based centre-half will surely catch the attention of plenty of League 2 suitors this side of the Pennines.

Preston 2012/13 stats 

Sq no Player  Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots off Shots on Assists YC RC
27 Luke Foster 6 2 584 1 5 3 0 1 0
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Thanks for the Pic WIKI – Luke in his Oxford United days
Personal information
Full name Luke James Foster
Date of birth 8 September 1985 (age 27)
Place of birth Mexborough, England
Height/Weight 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Preston North End
Number 27
Youth career
2002–2004 Sheffield Wednesday
Senior Stats
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Sheffield Wednesday 0 (0)
2004–2005 Scarborough (loan) 8 (0)
2005 Alfreton Town (loan) 18 (3)
2005–2007 Lincoln City 17 (1)
2006 York City (loan) 6 (0)
2007 Stalybridge Celtic 4 (1)
2007–2010 Oxford United 109 (3)
2010 Mansfield Town 16 (0)
2010–2011 Stevenage 24 (1)
2011–2012 Rotherham United 6 (0)
2012 Matlock Town 9 (0)
2012–2013 Preston North End 6 (0)
National team
2008 England C

Will Injury Call Time On Former Oxford, Mansfield, Grimsby & Imps striker’s career?

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 this season for The Imps, will see him needing an operation if he is to continue a career in the game.  Although he left by mutual consent today, the pay-off is understood to see the caring Imps foot the bill for the operation.  STMI takes a look back at the career of another quality player that saw the fates deny him a chance to prove his undeniable ability.

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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.

When we ran the story that rivals Grimsby Town and Lincoln City had failed to agree terms over out of favour Robert Duffy back on Jan 27th last year we got some abuse.   That was mild compared to the swipe from  Mariners’ chairman John Fenty,  who tagged him as a ‘mistake’.  David Holdsworth 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 along with Adam Smith that would excite the fans this season.

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 a 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.

 

Good luck Rob.

 

2012/13 stats 

Sq no Player name Starts on as sub Mins Goals Shots Shots on Assists YC RC
9 Rob Duffy 3 0 222 0 3 1 0 0 0

2011/12 stats (all as a Mariner)

Sq no Player name Starts on as sub Mins Goals Shots Shots on Assists YC RC
9 Rob Duffy 19 20 1262 9 38 14 4 8 0

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STMI Biopic
FULL NAME Robert Duffy
DATE OF BIRTH 2 December 1982 (age 30)
PLACE OF BIRTH Swansea,
HEIGHT 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
WEIGHT 13st 10lb (87kg)
POSITION: STRIKER
CURRENT CLUB Lincoln City
NUMBER 9
YOUTH CAREER
1998–2001 Charlton Athletic
SENIOR STATS (LGE & CUP)
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2005 Rushden & Diamonds 35 (4)
2005 Stamford (loan) 2 (2)
2005 Cambridge United 9 (0)
2005 Kettering Town 4 (1)
2006 Gainsborough Trinity n/a (?)
2006 Stevenage Borough 1 (0)
2006–2008 Oxford United 56 (25)
2008 Wrexham (loan) 6 (0)
2008–2009 Newport County 21 (9)
2009–2011 Mansfield Town 81 (28)
2011–2012 Grimsby Town 56 (11)

9 Rob Duffy Profile

Rob Duffy scored goals aplenty at Oxford United and Mansfield Town, as well as pitching in with 9 at Grimsby Town. Brother Dean let David have him after a poor time at Newport County, back in his native Wales.  He may have a relaxed style on him but this lad can be our number 9. He is strong, good in the air and has a nose for goal on him that should a realistic tarket of 15 breached. No one fancied Simon Yeo, yet he was the last Imp to knock on the 20 goal club door. If Adam Smith and Mills can supply him with the bullets his accuracy is excellent for our level.

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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 allowed David to take him on an eighteen month deal.  David Holdsworth 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 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.

When we ran the story that rivals Grimsby Town and Lincoln City had failed to agree terms over out of favour Robert Duffy back on Jan 27th this year we got some abuse.   That was mild compared to the swipe from  Mariners’ chairman John Fenty,  who Tagged him as a mistake. So we not only have a lad with ability, but one who is eager to prove people wrong.  His strike rate – 9 goals in all competitions or 1 every 140 mins – as a bit part-player, suggests the bar is already somewhat higher than we have come to expect from a Sincil striker for some time.

David Holdsworth has however always remained a big fan and vowed to go back for him at the end of the season after we failed to get him in the January window.  This lad has the ability we need and has to be seen as a marque signing

Under Holdsworth at Mansfield Town,  the striker duly helped to steer them away from relegation at a time when the club had no cash.   He can certainly do the job we need at 6′ 2″ and 13 stone 10lb.  The former Wales U21 is a real battler but still failed to dislodge hit-man-Hearn and Elding,  despite 9 goals from his 19 starts and 20 substitute appearances.  He certainly has a pedigree at this level as his stats below show,

2011/12 stats (all as a Mariner)

Sq no Player name Starts on as sub Mins Goals Shots Shots on Assists YC RC
9 Rob Duffy 19 20 1262 9 38 14 4 8 0

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Duffy playing for Grimsby Town in 2011
PERSONAL INFORMATION
FULL NAME Robert Duffy
DATE OF BIRTH 2 December 1982 (age 29)
PLACE OF BIRTH Swansea,
HEIGHT 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
WEIGHT 13st 10lb (87kg)
POSITION: STRIKER
CURRENT CLUB Lincoln City
NUMBER 9
YOUTH CAREER
1998–2001 Charlton Athletic
SENIOR STATS (LGE & CUP)
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2005 Rushden & Diamonds 35 (4)
2005 Stamford (loan) 2 (2)
2005 Cambridge United 9 (0)
2005 Kettering Town 4 (1)
2006 Gainsborough Trinity n/a (?)
2006 Stevenage Borough 1 (0)
2006–2008 Oxford United 56 (25)
2008 Wrexham (loan) 6 (0)
2008–2009 Newport County 21 (9)
2009–2011 Mansfield Town 81 (28)
2011–2012 Grimsby Town 56 (11)

Will Stags KO Imps Dempster Interest or lend a Hand?

The Stags look set to pip Lincoln and Tamworth to the signature of released Crawley centre half  John Dempster and would you believe ex-Imp and former Luton Town, Watford, Oxford, Chester City and Hayes midfield marauder Jamie Hand; will be offered a deal as well.

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According to the Mansfield Chad HERE the Stags manager is set to table offers this week to centre-half Dempster and midfield mangler Hand.  Stags boss Paul Cox admitted: “We will sit down and talk to both players this week, but there are other clubs talking to them both too. Everyone knows what we would get off ‘Demps’ and he would be a really positive signing. And I think Jamie would give us something different, especially with Adam Murray and Anthony Howell recovering from operations.

The Imps and the Lambs cannot compete with big spending Cox who has a budget second only to Luton’s. Let us hope Reg’s silver tongue can make up for his lack of wedge. With Westwood up the road and Sam Smith set to follow, we had best get season tickets at Lincoln Cathedral too.

Dempster’s stats & STMI bio is HERE

And here is Jamie in all his gory glory.

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STMI Biopic
Full name Jamie Hand
Date of birth 7 February 1984 (age 28)
Place of birth Uxbridge,
Height/Weight 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 11st 8lb (73.47kg)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1996–2001 Watford
Senior  stats Lge & cup
Years Team App (Gls)
2001–2006 Watford 61 (0)
2004  Oxford United (loan) 11 (1)
2005  Livingston (loan) 9 (0)
2005  Peterborough United (loan) 2 (0)
2005 Peterborough United (loan) 7 (0)
2005–2006 Fisher Athletic 0 (0)
2005–2006 Northampton Town (loan) 11 (0)
2006–2007 Chester City 50 (3)
2007–2008 Lincoln City 25 (0)
2008 Oxford United (loan) 13 (0)
2008–2009 Ebbsfleet United 25 (1)
2009 Chelmsford City 11 (0)
2009–2010 Woking 1 (0)
2010 Hemel Hempstead Town 11 (0)
2010–2012 Hayes & Yeading United 67 (4)
2011 Luton Town (loan) 14 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic

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