Michael Duberry

Years at the club: 2006-09
Date of birth: 14/10/1974
Birth place: London
Position: Defender
Appearances: 54

Duberry attended Enfield Grammar School in Middlesex and started his career at Chelsea where he was a trainee and made his début during the 1993–94 season, before a brief loan period with Bournemouth. Duberry made a total of 115 appearances for Chelsea and scored 3 goals, including one in a 2–1 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford in November 1996. His two other Chelsea goals came in their 1995/96 FA Cup campaign, with goals against Grimsby Town and Wimbledon. He won the League Cup, the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and the European Super Cup with Chelsea, all in 1998, but faced stiff competition for a place in the side from the likes of Marcel Desailly and Frank Leboeuf.

Leeds United

Seeking regular football, Duberry eventually requested a transfer and moved to Leeds United in June 1999 for £4.5 million. However, he again failed to break into the first team, as the likes of Jonathan Woodgate, Dominic Matteo and Rio Ferdinand took Leeds to the Champions League semi-finals. He did play the full 90 minutes of their memorable 1–0 win over AC Milan at Elland Road during that campaign; however, this would prove to be his last appearance of that season in any competition. The first season in which he played regularly for Leeds was 2003–04, as by this time Lucas Radebe had become increasingly injury-prone and crippling debt had forced the sales of Ferdinand and Woodgate. Unfortunately, however, Duberry failed to impress in a defence often made up of loan signings (such as Zoumana Camara and Didier Domi) and then youth-team players (such as Frazer Richardson and Matthew Kilgallon).

After a period at Stoke City, Michael moved to Reading.

Reading

On 31 January 2007, Duberry signed for Reading, who invoked a clause in his contract that allowed him to leave Stoke for a Premier League club if a set fee was received, rumoured to be in the region of £800,000. He made his league début for Reading on 24 February 2007 in their 2–1 defeat away to Middlesbrough.

On leaving Reading he moved onto Wycombe Wanderers, St Johnstone and Oxford United

Did you know?


Martin Hicks, 1978-1991

Martin holds the club appearance record. He made 603 first team appearances in all competitions.


Neil Webb, 1978-1982

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Bill Davies, 1953-1961

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Trevor Senior, 1983-87 / 1988-92

The greatest goalscorer in the club's history, Trevor scored 191 goals in 362 appearances.

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