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Michael Duberry




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Michael Duberry began his career with the blue of Chelsea as a trainee in the 1993/94 season. He made his debut then, before moving out on loan for a brief spell with Bournemouth.

For Chelsea, Duberry made 88 league appearance, winning the League Cup, the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and the European Super Cup all in the same season.

Following tight competition for places in the first team, he made a move to join Leeds United in 1999 for a fee of £4.5 million.

Unfortunately for Duberry, the likes of Jonathan Woodgate, Dominic Matteo, Lucas Radebe and Rio Ferdinand were keeping him from gaining first team playing time.

When Leeds were relegated, a move to fellow Championship side Stoke in 2005 assured Duberry of some first team action.

He became a regular, captaining the team for the duration of two seasons - two seasons in which he started a total of 80 games, never featuring on the subs' bench.

In 2007, Reading were on hand to restore Duberry’s top flight status when Steve Coppell plucked him to join the back four in place of the injured Ibrahima Sonko, handing him his Madejski Stadium debut against Portsmouth in March that year.

Alongside Ivar Ingimarsson, he kept a clean sheet that afternoon, and his consistent performances ascended the Royals to an eighth-place finish that season.

Relegation followed the subsequent season and in 2009 he joined Wycombe before heading to Scotland with St Johnstone for a season.

He spent the last two campaigns as part of Oxford United’s defence, before retiring from the game in 2013. He was just shy of 500 appearances across all competitions in his career, scoring 12 goals from the safety of centre-back.