Date and Place of Birth
30th August 1985 - SWANSEA
Transfers to and from Burnley
from PORTSMOUTH - 24th September 2004 (loan)
returned - 24th November 2004
First and Last Burnley Games
STOKE CITY (h) - 25th September 2004
sub: replaced Tony Grant
NOTTINGHAM FOREST (h) - 13th November 2004
sub: replaced by Micah Hyde
SWANSEA CITY, PORTSMOUTH
GRIMSBY TOWN (loan), LEEDS UNITED (loan)
COVENTRY CITY (loan x3), SWANSEA CITY loan)
COVENTRY CITY (loan), MILLWALL, EXETER CITY, PORT VALE
Burnley Career Stats
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Profile by Tony Scholes
In September 2004, with us just about having enough players to name a side for each game, Steve Cotterill made his first move into the loan market and brought in 19-year-old Richard Duffy from Portsmouth.
The Swansea born right-back had started his career with his home town club as an apprentice, and he was still serving that apprenticeship when he was called up for his first team debut in an FA Cup tie at Macclesfield just over three months past his sixteenth birthday.
He had to wait almost another two years for his league debut, and that came on his eighteenth birthday in August 2003. He established himself in the first team, but not for long, and in January of that season he was on the move to the Premiership with Portsmouth.
It was May before he got his first opportunity in the Pompey first team, coming on as a substitute for Linvoy Primus. Over three years later that remains his only Premiership outing and his league action since has been in a series of loan moves.
The first of those loans was the one to Burnley and he was straight into the squad for a home game against Stoke, coming on early in the second half and moving to right back after Michael Duff had been sent off.
He impressed, but he was in and out of the side and four of his nine games for us were from the bench. Even so, we wanted to keep him and Steve Cotterill was disappointed when he was recalled by Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp.
His big night for the Clarets came at Elland Road on the night we fell a goal behind in the first few seconds. After Lee Roche equalised it was Duffy who scored the winner, turning the ball home from close range to the left of goal in a game where he played on the left hand side of midfield.
When we won at Brighton in November he was an unused substitute. He'd been with us for two months but Steve Cotterill was hoping to keep him for at least another month if not for longer, but Redknapp said no and he headed back to the south coast.
By January he was off on loan again, this time to Coventry for the second half of the 2004/05 season. A second loan with the Sky Blues saw him spend the entire 2005/06 season, and it was early in this season when he made his full international debut for Wales.
Micky Adams wanted to sign him permanently during the 2006 summer, but he turned the chance down although did make a third loan move to Coventry between October and December last year.
For the second half of last season it was back to his first club Swansea and a long term loan which saw him through to the end of the season. Then it was back to Portsmouth, but agin he was restricted to reserve team football.
On 21st March 2008 he joined Coventry City for a fourth time on loan until the end of the season.
Back at Portsmouth for the 2008/09 season there was still no suggestion of a place in the first team and when Tony Adams took over as the manager he said Duffy was free to find himself another club. On 2nd February 2009, the last day of the transfer window, he signed for Millwall on a permanent basis until the end of the season. He won a place in the Millwall side but played his last game in April and didn't feature in the end of season play offs which ended in Wembley defeat to Scunthorpe.
In the week following he was released by Millwall and he started pre-season training with Exeter City and impressed enough to win himself a deal with the club immediately after their promotion to League One.
He enjoyed three years at Exeter as a regular in the side, making almost 130 appearances. During that time they won promotion to League One but then, two years later (in 2012), suffered a relegation back to League Two, at which time he was out of contract. In July 2012 he signed a two year deal with Port Vale.