Jim Duffy

Jim Duffy
see also: Jim Duffy (opposition manager) →
Jim Duffy
● Jim Duffy, 1991 (HA)

born in Scotland

James Duffy was born on Monday, 27th April, 1959, in Glasgow.

The 5' 10 (11st 2lbs) defender signed for John Lambie's Thistle on Tuesday, 17th July, 1990, having most recently been with Dundee.

Aged 31, he made his debut appearance on Wednesday, 1st August, 1990, in a 1-1 friendly draw away to Gretna.

Jim scored his first two goals for Thistle on Saturday, 19th January, 1991, in a 3-2 win away to Clydebank in the SFL First Division.

He scored the last of his 6 goals on Saturday, 11th January, 1992, in a 2-1 win at home to Clydebank in the SFL First Division.

He played his last game for the club on Saturday, 2nd May, 1992, in a 0-0 draw at home to Forfar Athletic in the SFL First Division, having appeared as a Jag on 89 occasions.

Jim's club-list included Maryhill, Celtic, Morton, Dundee and Partick Thistle.

Bio Extra

It was a major coup for John Lambie when he persuaded Duffy to join Thistle in the summer of 1990. Duffy had been tempted back out of an injury-forced retirement after his departure from the manager's office at Falkirk. He was outstanding for Dundee despite their relegation in his short time back playing, and Lambie saw him as the ideal man to base a promotion push on, while at the same time handing him the title of player-coach. Promotion didn't immediately follow, Thistle having to wait until Duffy's last season before rejoining the elite of the Premier League. Duffy's influence in helping Thistle there was huge; a remarkable feat as injury once again threatened to end his career. In a top of the table clash with Dundee at Dens Park, he had to leave the field on a stretcher and many this time predicted an end to his playing days. Amazingly a few short weeks later he was back in action. After leading Thistle to the Premier League, Duffy returned to Dundee as assistant manager to Simon Stainrod before assuming charge himself. He had a period in charge at Hibs, and a spell as youth team coach at Chelsea, before once again taking charge at Dens Park.

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