Hugh Duffy born on the 1st April 1934 (age 79) in
An excitingand professional footballer of the 1950s, Hugh representated his country makinghis debut in a five nations international match against France in Paris, and at club level for , as a Flanker, i.e. number 6 or 7
Hugh Duffy was one of the first XV Scottish Rugby Union internationalists to move to rugby league.
Considered one of the finest loose forwards to ever play for the Salford club, Thanks to his stellar performances in union, Salford offered the skilful ball-player a trial , under the name “McDonald'” he turned out for Salford in an away fixture at Oldham on December 28th 1954. Despite competiton from Huddersfield Oldham, ‘Hughie” as he is affectionely known made his official Salford debut at The Willows Vs Liverpool City on the 5th February 1955.
A huge crowd favourite, Hugh settled in both the squad becoming an established first teamer. Such was his popularity throughout the borough he also became landlord of Greengate based pub “The Star” entertaining the local drinkers with his tales of Willows stories. Duffy played for Salford against the Kiwi tourists in 1955 and the Australian tourists in 1959 both matches were played at The Willows.
26th November 1955 Salford 5- 21 New Zealand (The first game Salford ever appeared on TV)
26th September 1959 – Salford 20- 22 Australia ( attendance 11,000)
Hugh transfered to Halifax in 1962 in exchange for Ernie Critchley plus £600. Despite his transfer his love for the city was cemented as he remained in the city becoming a familiar figure around the club once he retired.
HUGH DUFFY – SALFORD LEGEND
App 241 – Tries 51- Goals 1 – Points 155