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Richard Duffy: Five Things You May Not Know

29 June 2016

Continuing our 'five things' series on the Magpies summer signings, we take a look at experienced defender Richard Duffy.

1. He's represented Wales at four different levels.

Swansea born Richard made his senior international debut in 2005 against Slovenia in a goalless draw at the Millennium Stadium, with manager John Toshack stating that he had a 'bright future'. He made 14 appearances for the senior team. 

Previous to that, he also represented the Welsh at U17, U19 and U21 level, making an additional 14 appearances.

He started his career at Swansea City, and was born not too far from the Vetch Field, former home of the Swans.


2. He's no stranger to the Premier League either...

Duffy eventually moved to Portsmouth after weeks of speculation that the youngster was to leave Swansea, and was handed his Premier League debut by no other than Harry Redknapp, coming on for Linvoy Primus 22 minutes into a 1-1 draw with Fulham in May 2005.

He will be facing Portsmouth again this season for Notts County, albeit in League Two!


3. His brother, Robert, also has a distinguished footballing career.

Robert is a journeyman forward, playing for 15 clubs in a career spanning 15 years. He is three years Richard's senior, though known for his penalty taking rather than the tackling prowess of his younger brother. 

He currently plays for Nuneaton Town in the National League North.


4. He's already tasted promotion from League Two...

His Port Vale side finished third in the 2013-14 season, nicking the final automatic promotion place by two points.


5. He scored once in 136 league appearances for Port Vale...

And here it is!


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