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Michael Duberry

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Michael Duberry

Position Centre back
Born 14 Oct 1975, Enfield (England)
Height 185 cm
Weight 85 kg
International Caps England: 5 U21

Club From To Apps Goals Sold for
Chelsea 07 Jun 1993 29 Jul 1999 115 3 £4000000
Bournemouth 29 Sep 1995   8 0 on loan
Leeds United 29 Jul 1999 02 Mar 2005 78 4 £0
Stoke City 15 Oct 2004       on loan
Stoke City 02 Mar 2005        

Leeds Career League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1999 - 2000 12(1) 1 1   0(1)   1   0  
2000 - 2001 5   0   0   4   0  
2001 - 2002 3   0(1)   0(2)   1   0  
2002 - 2003 11(3)   1(1)   0(1)   3(1)   0  
2003 - 2004 19 3 1   0   0   0  
2004 - 2005 4   1   0   0   0  
Total 54(4) 4 4(2)   0(4)   9(1)   0  

Jabba's Comments

Nearly five million quid for a player that couldn't make the first team at Chelsea - seems to be a bit of a gamble. But DOL should know a good defender when he sees one we thought. Initially he looked solid when given the chance - but was occasionally suspect, and a little awkward with his distribution.

In 1999-2000, his main contribution to the team was to lead the singing at the Euro away games, but he looked a lot better when called on at the start of 2000-01. Unfortunately for Duberry, successive injuries dogged his progress, and a long-term problem kept him in the treatment room for the duration.

In 2001-02, it was the off-field action that put Duberry in the spotlight. He testified against his "best mate" Jon Woodgate in the trial at Hull - and the fact that they are apparently no longer on speaking terms was put to the test when he found himself alongside Woody at the centre of the defence. At least he was now over his injuries and doing what he could to get back in the side - he even made an appearance up front when Leeds were desperately short of strikers in the Worthington Cup game with Chelsea. He was signed on a contract extension - and you've got to admire the fact that he's stayed to fight for his place with so many in front of him. But he's been mentioned in connection with moves to Leicester and Southampton, and if he wants a regular first team start that's what he'll have to do.

With the trial over and a contract extension signed, there was still no sign of him breaking into the side in the back end of the 2001-02 season, and the return to fitness of Lucas Radebe seems to have pushed him further down the queue. He made it clear he'd like to move on, but despite summer rumours connecting him with Celtic and Bolton, he remains at Elland Road. Still more injuries and the sale of Jon Woodgate have given Duberry another chance - and he's been playing solidly and seems aware of his limitations and must feel he can finally re-establish his credentials as a first team player.

Unfortunately for Duberry, he took a boot in the face in a pre-season game against Villa in Dublin and smashed his cheekbone, so he'll be missing for the first couple of months while he recovers.

Mike Davies says: I would just like to wish Dubes all the best, after the last few years. You did nothing wrong so keep your head up and hope to see you back in the team very soon.

Chelsy says: As a Jonathon Woodgate fan I wish him all the best. What he did was the right thing to do, it's just a shame their friendship paid the price.

Winston Jospeh says: Its a shame that it s seems that doobs seems to treated like he was the one who was found guilty by the jury and in fact he just spoke the truth. a talanted player but seems to be lacking support from fans and management being sidelined even when leeds have no more option within in their defence. VICTIMISATION

Max Harlow says: Dubes should go - ASAP. I have nothing against him as a person (he did the right thing by testifying against Woody in the trial; you can't expect people to perjure themselves for you). And I have nothing against him as a player. But his three years at Leeds have been a nightmare - one injury after another, and no regular first team place in between - and it's time he cut his losses and quit. If he stays at Leeds, his career will remain in the doldrums indefinitely. But should he go to another team (such as Bolton or Leicester) and win himself a regular spot, who knows where that would take him... But Good Luck to him, wherever he goes and whatever he does.

Dom_leeds says: He's the ultimate man.

Ed - Chelsea says: As a Chelsea fan I must say I am very impressed by the fairness of the comments above. Not at all like the press image of your fans. Anyway, from a Chelsea point of view, I always thought he was an honest player whio could have gone on to play for England but for the Achilles injury he suffered prior to the transfer to Leeds. Don't think he has ever fully recovered from that.

Dubes_For_England says: Dubes for England iss all i can say with rio out for euro 204, the obvious choice is to have dubes in there with either big sol or JT from chelsea

Anon says: Hi today its the 13th of march 2004 and leeds were playing fulham and they lost two nil, however at 2pm michael dyberry was shopping in harvey nichols in leeds. How do i know this because i was talking to him for quite a while.when was the last time he played for leeds?

**sarah** says: wel done dubes!!! i watched him play @ the reserves and he did brill and who happend 2 be there?? yes eddie gray! then he was puton the team against the foxes and i have 2 say well done! superb goal and great defence! eddie will sure keep him on! Dubes 4 england!!

Jonny W says: I went to school with Doobs - as he was known then - and he was a good lad - apart from the time he grassed on me to the teachers about hitting another boy in the face - ta Michael!

Mart says: having worked as a skivvy out Hull Crown Court during the Bowyer/Woodgate saga it is my sad duty to confirm that the said Mr. Duberry takes a whopping 4 sugars in his coffee...... fat f***!

Di says: Michael Duberry is the best looking bloke in the universe !!

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