Matthew Duke (born 16 June 1977) is an English former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He is currently the Academy goalkeeping coach of Premier League side Sheffield United.

Matt Duke
Matt Duke 16-08-2014 1.jpg
Duke playing for Northampton Town in 2014
Personal information
Full name Matthew Duke[1]
Date of birth (1977-06-16) 16 June 1977 (age 42)[2]
Place of birth Sheffield, England
Height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Sheffield United (Academy goalkeeping coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
0000–1999 Alfreton Town
1999–2000 Sheffield United 0 (0)
2000Bury (loan) 0 (0)
2000–2004 Burton Albion 142 (1)
2004–2011 Hull City 50 (0)
2005Stockport County (loan) 3 (0)
2006Wycombe Wanderers (loan) 5 (0)
2011Derby County (loan) 0 (0)
2011–2013 Bradford City 42 (0)
2012Northampton Town (loan) 9 (0)
2013–2015 Northampton Town 76 (0)
2015–2016 Alfreton Town 39 (0)
2017 Chesterfield 0 (0)
Total 366 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Hull CityEdit

He joined Hull City on 23 July 2004 from Burton Albion for a fee of £20,000, which could have risen to £60,000 depending on appearances. He was a regular starter at Burton, having made 78 league appearances for them in his three seasons at the club, but at Hull he spent several seasons mainly being used as cover for first-choice goalkeeper Boaz Myhill, making few first-team appearances and spending time on loan at Stockport County and Wycombe Wanderers.

Duke playing for Hull City in 2010

In 2007–08, Duke impressed sufficiently in a League Cup match against Crewe to retain his place in the Hull team for the subsequent league game and demote Myhill to the bench. He was also selected for the next two matches, but a thigh injury prevented him from finally getting a run in the team.

On 5 January 2008 Duke underwent an operation to remove a testicular tumour.[3] He returned to the squad on 29 March to take his place on the bench for a 3–0 victory against Watford.

On 1 June 2008, Duke completed the "Keep Your Eye On The Ball" 5 km run in London's Victoria Park, in aid of the Everyman Campaign cancer charity.[4] In September 2008, Duke, manager Phil Brown, chairman Paul Duffen and other Hull City colleagues participated in Everyman's "Tacheback" campaign, growing moustaches to raise sponsorship money for the charity.[5]

In Hull City's debut Premier League season in 2008–09, Duke again started the season as Myhill's understudy. He impressed however when given his chance in League Cup and FA Cup matches, keeping two clean sheets against Newcastle,[6] which resulted in him being called up to make his Premier League debut on 28 January 2009 against West Ham.[7] Although Hull City lost the game 2–0, Duke saved a penalty and was City's man-of-the-match.[8] He retained his place in the side for the next nine league games.

Derby CountyEdit

On 4 March 2011, Derby County confirmed that they have signed Duke on loan from Hull City until the end of the season.[9] The loan period was cut short when he was recalled by Hull City following an injury to reserve keeper Mark Oxley.[10]

On 10 May 2011, following the end of the 2010–11 season, it was confirmed by the club that Duke had been released from Hull City along with three other players, ending seven years of service to the club.[11] He began training with Derby County at the start of July 2011.[12]

Bradford CityEdit

Duke with the victory parade that followed Bradford City's victory in the 2013 Football League Two play-off Final

Duke went on trial at boyhood favourites Sheffield United and played 45 minutes of their 2011 pre-season match with Worksop Town FC as reported by the Sheffield Star. On 31 August 2011, Duke joined Bradford City on a two-year contract.[13] He made his debut on 3 September 2011 in a 1–1 draw away to Morecambe.[14]

On 20 February 2012 Duke went on loan to Northampton Town for the remainder of the 2011–12 season.[15] On 28 March, Duke was recalled by Bradford after their first choice goalkeeper was sent off in a mass brawl the previous day in a match between Bradford and Crawley.[16] He re-gained his place as first choice goalkeeper at the start of the 2012–13 season, and kept two clean sheets in his first three games.[17][18]

On 11 December 2012, Duke was a member of the Bradford City starting XI that beat a strong Arsenal team in the quarter-final of the League Cup.[19]

On 8 January 2013, Duke received man of the match for his performance against Premier League team, Aston Villa, in the semi-final of the League Cup, where Bradford won 3 – 1 to give themselves a two-goal advantage going into the second leg.[20] In the second despite losing the game 2–1, Bradford made the final of the League Cup.

Duke was given a straight red card during the 2013 Football League Cup Final for fouling Jonathan de Guzman in the box.[21] His replacement Jon McLaughlin conceded the subsequent penalty kick, and Bradford went on to lose the game 5–0.[22]

Northampton TownEdit

In June 2013 Duke signed a two-year contract with Northampton Town.[23] On 4 May 2015, he was released as manager Chris Wilder could not guarantee him first-team football [24]


Bradford City


  1. ^ Hugman, Barry J. (2005). The PFA Premier & Football League Players' Records 1946–2005. Queen Anne Press. p. 181. ISBN 1-85291-665-6.
  2. ^ "not 16 July 1977, as stated by other web sites and publications", Hull City A.F.C. Retrieved 12 January 2008.
  3. ^ "Hull's Duke has tumour operation". BBC Sport. 15 January 2008. Retrieved 15 January 2008.
  4. ^ "Sponsor Matt And Make A Difference". Hull City A.F.C. 28 May 2008. Archived from the original on 5 November 2008. Retrieved 29 May 2008.
  5. ^ "Hull City's moustaches shown red card". Hull Daily Mail. 2 October 2008. Retrieved 9 October 2008.
  6. ^ "Duke Was Always A Class Act". Hull Daily Mail. 10 February 2009. Retrieved 11 February 2009.
  7. ^ Ashenden, Mark (28 January 2009). "West Ham 2–0 Hull". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 February 2009.
  8. ^ "Reward For Patience". Hull City A.F.C. 30 January 2009. Retrieved 11 February 2009.
  9. ^ "Goalkeeper Duke Signs On Loan". Derby County F.C. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 4 March 2011.
  10. ^ "Hull City recall goalkeeper Matt Duke from Derby County". BBC Sport. BBC. 24 March 2011. Retrieved 24 March 2011.
  11. ^ "Tigers Allow Four To Leave". Hull City A.F.C. Hull City A.F.C. Archived from the original on 7 September 2011. Retrieved 10 June 2013.
  12. ^ "Riggott handed chance of Rams return". Derby Evening Telegraph. 2 July 2011.
  13. ^ "Bradford sign keeper Matt Duke and seal three other deals". BBC Sport. BBC. 31 August 2011. Retrieved 2 September 2011.
  14. ^ "Morecambe 1 – 1 Bradford". BBC Sport. BBC. 3 September 2011. Retrieved 7 September 2011.
  15. ^ "Northampton Town sign Bradford City's Matt Duke on loan". BBC Sport. BBC. 20 February 2012. Retrieved 22 February 2012.
  16. ^ "Bradford City recall keeper Matt Duke from Northampton". BBC Sport. BBC. 29 March 2012. Retrieved 29 March 2012.
  17. ^ "Notts County 0–1 Bradford" 11 August 2012. Retrieved 24 August 2012.
  18. ^ "Bradford 1–0 Fleetwood" BBC Sport. 22 August 2012. Retrieved 24 August 2012.
  19. ^ "Bradford 1 – 1 Arsenal AET (Bradford won 3–2 on penalties)". BBC Sport. BBC. 11 December 2012. Retrieved 12 December 2012.
  20. ^ "Bradford 3 – 1 Aston Villa". BCAFC. BCAFC. 8 January 2012. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
  21. ^ "Bradford 0 – 5 Swansea". BBC Sport. BBC. 24 February 2013. Retrieved 25 February 2013.
  22. ^ "Swansea City romp to record win". BBC News. 25 February 2013. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
  23. ^ "Matt Duke signs for Northampton Town from Bradford City". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 June 2013.
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