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Michael Duberry
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Personal information
Full name Michael Wayne Duberry
Date of birth 14 October 1975 (1975-10-14) (age 34)
Place of birth Enfield, London, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club St. Johnstone
Number 28
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1999 Chelsea 87 (1)
1995 Bournemouth (loan) 7 (0)
1999–2005 Leeds United 57 (4)
2004–2005 Stoke City (loan) 15 (0)
2005–2007 Stoke City 80 (1)
2007–2009 Reading 48 (0)
2009–2010 Wycombe Wanderers 18 (0)
2010– St. Johnstone 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:29, 12 February 2010 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Michael Wayne Duberry (born 14 October 1975 in Enfield) is an English footballer who plays for Scottish Premier League club St. Johnstone. He attended Enfield Grammar School in north London. He started his career with Chelsea and also played in the Premier League for Leeds United. He has been on the books at Stoke City, following a loan spell, and Reading as well as had a loan spell with Bournemouth. He is a defender.


Duberry 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.[1] His two other Chelsea goals came in their 1995/96 FA Cup campaign, with goals against Grimsby Town[2] and Wimbledon.[3] 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. 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 was involved in a court case with Leeds team-mates Jonathan Woodgate and Lee Bowyer. 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).

When Leeds suffered relegation to the Football League he stayed on for a season until Leeds manager, Kevin Blackwell allowed him to move to Stoke City where he went on to become a first team regular and club captain. All 80 of his appearances for the club were as a starter, not once did he feature on the bench. He scored once for Stoke, in a 2-0 win over Crewe Alexandra.[4]

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.[5] He made his league début for Reading on 24 February 2007 in their 2-1 defeat away to Middlesbrough.[6] On May 15, 2009, Reading announced that they would not be renewing Duberry's contract,[7] and on July 10, 2009, he signed a two year contract with Wycombe Wanderers,[8] being appointed club captain shortly afterwards. Duberry was released from his contract at Wycombe on 1 February 2010 having seen his contract terminated by mutual consent, according to the official Wycombe Wanderers website.

Four days later, Duberry signed for Scottish Premier League side St. Johnstone, where he linked up again with former Chelsea teammate Jody Morris.[9]

Duberry made his Saints début in a 1-0 Scottish Cup defeat to Dundee United.[10]


  1. ^ "United they fall apart". The Independent. 2 November 1996. Retrieved 29 December 2009. 
  2. ^ "Chelsea's rapid route to victory". The Independent. 28 February 1996. Retrieved 29 December 2009. 
  3. ^ "Chelsea thrive on Gullit's inspiration". The Independent. 20 March 1996. Retrieved 29 December 2009. 
  4. ^ "Stoke 2-0 Crewe". BBC. 18 October 2005. Retrieved 5 November 2009. 
  5. ^ "Duberry has completed his transfer to join Royals". 2007-01-31.,,10306~973891,00.html. Retrieved 2007-01-31. 
  6. ^ "Middlesbrough 2-1 Reading". BBC News. 2007-02-24. Retrieved 2007-03-30. 
  7. ^ "Murty and Marcus among those to leave". BBC News. 2009-05-15.,,10306~1659038,00.html. Retrieved 2009-05-15. 
  8. ^ "News | Latest News | Latest News | BLUES SIGN DUBERRY". Wycombe Wanderers.,,10430~1718507,00.html. Retrieved 2010-02-15. 
  9. ^ "Free agent Michael Duberry joins St Johnstone". BBC Sport. 5 February 2010. 
  10. ^ "St Johnstone 0 - 1 Dundee Utd". BBC. 6 February 2010. Retrieved 17 March 2010. 

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