Date: 20th August 2009 at 4:23pm
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A few years back I can remember Damien Duff agonising over whether he should move to our near-neighbours from his beloved Blackburn Rovers.

It was implied that he was reluctant to move away from the serenity of his life in the north-west countryside adjacent to the Ribble Valley!

As we all know, Duff eventually took the lunge and even though it galls me to say it, performed admirably in our near-neighbours pursuit of the Premier League title.

On moving to Newcastle, reportedly rejecting advances from Tottenham Hotspur, it was believed that Damien would return to the comfort zone that northern life brings.

But, reading between the lines, it seems that Damien yearned for a return to London having never sold his property here and putting his football satisfaction before his roots.

In quotes that are emerging, after he signed for Fulham, Damien bemoans the fact he ever moved to Newcastle, commenting,

“I was very keen to get away from Newcastle. It has been a tough three years there.”

“I gave my all but didn`t really enjoy my football. Relegation was heart-breaking. I played for four managers last season alone.”


Perhaps the fact it was Damien who scored the goal that saw Newcastle relegated, an own goal, played heavily on his mind.

But, in joining Fulham, he has renewed his acquaintance with a former mentor, in Roy Hodgson, a man who he has only the utmost praise for, remarking,

“Roy`s a top notch coach.”

Damien`s always struck me as a quiet lad who prefers to let his football do the talking; however, it is nice to see that he isn`t too afraid to speak his mind.

Once again, welcome to Fulham Damien, may your career in our white shirt blossom.


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11 Replies to “Fulham – Duff`s Geordie Hell!”

  • He sure does let his football do the talking. Can’t wait to see him set the Cottage alight. He may be 30, but he still has bags of pace and has the sort of ability that could make him a key man this season. I can imagine at the end of the year, looking back and thinking what we would have ever done without him. He’s going to be good for Fulham Football Club. I can feel it.

  • i don’t think he can really blossom at the age of 30, but i’d be more than happy to just see him supply some quality football and needed experience in europe…

  • “I’m as loyal as they come and, whether the gaffer stays or goes, I’d love to try and get Newcastle back up into the Premier League”

    Hope you have better luck with the enigmatic fellow.
    His football does the talking? Well that’s maybe why he’s known as the quiet man.
    Going back to his roots? Are Fulham taking up Wimbledon’s franchise in Ireland then?

  • peter, i don’t think you can blame a player for wanted to reunite with a manager that he flourished with… newcastle will be back up next year, don’t you fret…

  • When you’re 30, and you’re a very capable footballer, you don’t want to be playing football in the Championship. Don’t be so bitter Peter…

  • he can be better at thirty just look at dan murphy i bet spurs wish they still had him dano and damen class act wasent it nice that wba fan wishing johnathan green well what a true sport un like some i could name

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