BELPER Town Football Club have moved quickly to appoint Peter Duffield as it’s new first team manager following the resignation of Tommy Taylor from his post last weekend.
He will be assisted by Mick Godber and Sean Heard.
Duffield, 42, had an extensive professional football career, playing for 16 different league clubs.
He began his career as an 18-year-old with Sheffield United in 1987. In his time at Bramall Lane he made 58 league appearances and scored 16 goals. He went on loan to six clubs in as many years, namely Halifax Town, Rotherham United, Blackpool, Bournemouth, Crewe Alexandra and Stockport County.
In September 1993, he joined Scottish club Hamilton Academical, where he made his name. In two years at Douglas Park he scored 38 goals in 72 league appearances.
After leaving Hamilton in 1995, Duffield went on to play for four other Scottish clubs: Airdrie, Raith Rovers, Morton and Falkirk.
In 1999 he signed for Darlington on loan and later that year made the move permanent. He was on the move again the following year, joining York City. Duffield then moved to Boston United for a season, before joining Carlisle United in 2004.
After Carlisle were relegated to the Conference, Duffield joined Conference North neighbours Alfreton Town, before joined Retford United as a player in 2006 and taking over as manager in 2007.
Peter enjoyed four successful years at Retford, winning the Northern Counties East Premier Division and President’s Cup as a player, as well as his managerial successes, winning the UniBond League Division One (South), twice, the UniBond Chairman’s Cup and the Notts Senior Cup.
Mick Godber has also enjoyed a prolific goal-scoring career which began with Staveley Miners’ Welfare where he scored 43 goals in two seasons before moving to Sheffield FC to become top scorer in the Northern Counties East League with 36 goals in the 1999-2000 season.
Godber then moved to Ossett Albion, but Alfreton Town signed him in December 2001 and the considerable total of 103 goals he scored whilst playing for the Reds helped them get promoted back into the UniBond League that season and then win successive promotions to get them into the newly-formed Conference North, before he left North Street after five seasons to join NCEL Retford United alongside Duffield in August 2006. Godber continued to find the back of the net for his new side, the popular striker scoring a massive 106 goals in 135 games over a period of four seasons that saw the Badgers gain promotion to the UniBond League Division One South in that first season and repeating the feat the season after, as assistant player manager. Nailers chairman Vaughan Williams paid tribute to the outgoing Tommy Taylor. He said: “I would like to thank Tommy Taylor for his professionalism and gentlemanly conduct with his departure from Belper Town FC. “Tommy Taylor is a quality human being who has played a part in the journey for success at Belper Town FC. “The board and myself are custodians of the club who want only the very best for Belper Town FC and its supporters. “I can assure the supporters that this board will not cower from making tough decisions in our quest for success at the club. “The appointment of Peter Duffield and assistant Michael Godber reflects passion and desire for success at Belper Town FC “I would like to thank the board for its ‘stand up and be counted’ attitude in dealing with matters decisively. “I would also like to add Belper Town FC are only interested in their players talking on the pitch, not off it, and will do its best to retain current talent and bring in further acquisitions. The common ground we all share is to win football matches.”