Mick Duxbury
Testimonial August 13th 1989 v Manchester City


Originally a midfield player when signed on as an associate schoolboy during Tommy Docherty's tenure at Old Trafford, Mick Duxbury broke through into United's first team under Dave Sexton during the 1980/81 season. Under Ron Atkinson he converted to right back, where he is best remembered and where he won all ten of his England caps.

Duxbury, who was quick to tackle and comfortable with the ball at his feet, played in all 60 competitive games during 1982/83, helping the club reach both the League and F.A. Cup Finals for the first time in their history.

Although there was competition for the number two jersey, notably from John Gidman, Duxbury continued as a regular for United under Ron Atkinson.

The arrival of Viv Anderson, Alex Ferguson's first major signing, in summer 1987 appeared to signal the end of his Old Trafford career, but Duxbury moved to left back, where he started in all eight of the opening League games.

He was increasingly used in a midfield role by Ferguson until a knee injury in the autumn of 1988. After his testimonial Duxbury had spells at Blackburn Rovers and Bradford City before retiring in 1994.

Mick Duxbury:
384 appearances (33 as substitute)
7 goals