Neil Duffy
Neil Duffy
Neil Duffy
● Neil Duffy, 1962 (EBY/APD)

born in Scotland

Cornelius McQuade Duffy was born on Sunday, 7th March, 1937, in Townhead, Glasgow.

The 5' 6 (10st 10lbs) forward signed for Willie Thornton's Thistle on Friday, 30th September, 1960, having most recently been with East Stirlingshire.

Aged 23, he made his debut appearance on Saturday, 1st October, 1960, in a 3-1 win at home to Hibernian in the SFL First Division.

Neil scored his first goal for Thistle on Saturday, 29th October, 1960, in a 2-1 defeat away to St Johnstone in the SFL First Division.

He scored the last of his 72 goals on Saturday, 3rd October, 1964, in a 3-1 defeat at home to Heart of Midlothian in the SFL First Division.

He played his last game for the club on Saturday, 24th October, 1964, in a 2-1 defeat at home to Motherwell in the SFL First Division, having clocked up 192 appearances as a Jag.

His club-list included Ashfield, Hamilton Academical, East Stirlingshire, Partick Thistle, St Johnstone and Addington.

Neil died on Monday, 17th June, 2013, in Glasgow, aged 76.

Neil Duffy's Summary Totals
appearances position won drew lost goals
League 132 60 19 53 54
Competitive 186 77 32 77 67
All Games 192 80 33 79 72

Bio Extra

The fourteenth Thistle Pin sees us traipse back 60 years, to an era in which Partick Thistle achieved their highest ever league finish. Cornelius McQuade Duffy, known as Neil, was the key goal threat in 1962-63, when only a spate of winter postponements could get in the way of an historic Jags title push. His 22-goal tally in all competitions that term seen him top the Thistle goals chart.

Neil joined Thistle from East Stirlingshire in 1960, having been signed by then Jags gaffer Willie Thornton. He was put straight into the starting line-up the following afternoon, in a 3-1 victory at Firhill over Hibernian. It didn’t take long for Duffy to make his mark, and to become a fans’ favourite. His first goal for the Jags came against his future club, St Johnstone, at Muirton Park.

Neil clocked-up an impressive 192 appearances for Thistle in a four season spell. In that time, Duffy found the net no fewer than 72 times. There were 67 competitive goals, a hat-trick as the floodlights were christened in a Firs Park friendly with East Stirlingshire, and 2 in Jimmy Davidson’s testimonial. In all games, his goal tally included two hat-tricks, six braces and no penalties. To amass that number of goals without any spot-kicks (he only ever took one for the Jags) made Neil’s achievements all the more remarkable.

Neil left Firhill in late 1964 to join St Johnstone. He kept his prolific scoring record going there, scoring a further 55 times in a 3-year spell. After retiring from professional football, Duffy emigrated to South Africa, where he lived for several decades before returning to Scotland.

Sadly, Neil passed away in June 2013 at the age of 76, just after Thistle had secured a return to the Scottish top flight. A few years earlier (in 2009), Neil had been inducted into the Thistle Hall of Fame: a fitting recognition for his contribution to (arguably) Thistle’s greatest ever squad. We are extremely grateful to Neil’s son, also Neil, for working with us to produce a unique Thistle Pin to mark his dad’s career.


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