Thursday, 7 October 2010
157 Lee Duxbury
Played : 1989-90 (on loan from Bradford City)
Appearances : 10
Goals : 0
Lee was signed on loan from Bradford for whom he'd made a handful of appearances in the same week we signed Andy Milner. As a youngster in 1985 he had narrowly escaped with his mother from the burning stand.
Unlike Andy, Lee wasn't one of my favourite players. In fact he is the best example I can recall of a loan signing who was withholding his real talent from us. If there was a fifty-fifty challenge - and he had all the attributes to win them - he'd shirk it every time. Except for one game ; against Crystal Palace in the FA Cup you could almost see the thought bubble - "I'm in the window here , I'm going to perform" . He was excellent, giving Geoff Thomas and co a real battle in the middle which only made me despise him more.
Lee returned to Bradford and the following season became a first team regular. He went on to make 272 appearances for them interrupted by a year at Huddersfield in the mid-nineties. In 1997 he transferred to Oldham and played almost as many games for them before a last season in League football with Bury in 2003-04 where he played 37 games without scoring. He played briefly for Harrogate before returning to Oldham as a coach where he has retained his position under successive managers.