Hugh Duffy born on the 1st April 1934 (age 79) in Shotts.

An exciting Scottish rugby union and professional rugby league footballer of the 1950s, Hugh representated his country Scotland makinghis debut in a five nations international match against France in Paris, and at club level for Jed-Forest RFC, 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.Hugh lines up with his Salford Teammates 1958

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.

Hugh Duffy
                               Hugh heads for the Try Line at a packed Willows
Hugh was also landlord of the ‘Star Inn’ Greengate.

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. 



App 241 – Tries 51- Goals 1 – Points 155  



  1. Great article on a great player, I played with Hughie at Halifax and he was a very good footballer and great with ball in hand, off the field Hughie was a smashing friend to me when I came north from Cardiff, he took me under his wing, we are still close friends to this day.


    1. Thank You Jim, Thanks to your kind words of support I am enjoying this new venture. There is nothing greater than bringing such wonderful memories alive once more. It is a truly great sporting club with so many great heroes to celebrate.
      Louise x


  2. Love the tribute on my dad Hugh Duffy. We have all just recently returned from Paris as a family where Dad once again stood on the pitch where he made his international debut for Scotland. Elizabeth


  3. Thank you so much for such an honourable tribute to my Grandad. I’ve heard several tales of his past glories playing for Salford. My favourite was the one of him forgetting he had scored a try at Old Trafford and only reminding himself that he had by coming across it in a book.This is my Grandad all over , such a humble and caring man, who has always had such an aura around himself without the need to flaunt and boast.As a proud Salfordian I am immensely proud of my Grandad and after reading this article it has given me goosebumps , putting him even further on the pedestal as my true sporting hero.


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