150 not out for Spalding United goalkeeper

SPECIAL PRESENTATION: From left, Bob Don-Duncan (director of football), Danny Hussey (assistant-manager), Michael Duggan and Marcus Ebdon (manager) before Spalding United's goalless draw with Sheffield on Saturday.
SPECIAL PRESENTATION: From left, Bob Don-Duncan (director of football), Danny Hussey (assistant-manager), Michael Duggan and Marcus Ebdon (manager) before Spalding United's goalless draw with Sheffield on Saturday.
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Michael Duggan celebrated his 150th appearance for Spalding United with another clean sheet on Saturday.

The goalkeeper was handed a surprise honour before the goalless draw against Sheffield.

Michael Duggan tips a cross over the bar during the goalless draw on Saturday. Photo: Tim Wilson

Michael Duggan tips a cross over the bar during the goalless draw on Saturday. Photo: Tim Wilson

The Tulips recognised ‘the loyalty, outstanding ability and total professionalism’ of Duggan with the presentation of a framed ‘outstanding achievement’ certificate and an inscribed silver salver.

Manager Marcus Ebdon said: “I must congratulate our goalkeeper Michael Duggan on achieving a 150-appearance milestone for the club.

“He has been, and still is, a great and loyal servant to the club.

“He is a very reliable goalkeeper – a great shot-stopper – and long may it continue. He deserves this accolade.

He is a very reliable goalkeeper – a great shot-stopper – and long may it continue. He deserves this accolade.

Marcus Ebdon

“It’s a great achievement to reach 150 games at one club which is so rare at any level.

“It was a nice bonus for him to keep a clean sheet, although I could have gone in goal on Saturday as he had nothing to do!”

Duggan joined the Tulips in February 2013 and made his debut in the FA Cup tie against Guernsey.

He signed from St Neots Town, having been a member of their Evo-Stik Southern League Central Division One championship-winning side.

A physical education teacher at Spalding’s Sir John Gleed School, Duggan has also played for the University 
of Bedfordshire and won representative honours with East Midlands Universities.

Duggan’s clean sheet at the weekend was not enough to keep Spalding in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League’s First Division South play-off pack.

The Tulips dropped to sixth place on goal-difference following their first draw at the Sir Halley Stewart Field in the league this term.

Ebdon reflected: “It was a dour game – not one for the purist – and a bad point rather than a good one for us.

“If we had played on for 
another 90 minutes then I don’t think we would have scored.

“Another clean sheet is a positive and, having lost five in a row, we’ve now taken four points from two home games.

“Hopefully we can add to that tally at Loughborough Dynamo on Saturday.”