Q&A with former Hull City and Bradford City Goalkeeper Matt Duke
V2 Football had the pleasure to talk to Former Hull City and Bradford City Goalkeeper Matt Duke.
How were you spotted?
I was playing Sunday football and I was asked to gone on trial at Chesterfield. Someone we knew, his son played there and it went from there really.
I played in their youth team for a bit then went back into non-league. I was playing Sunday Football again and was spotted by Sheffield United and went for trail.
Then you signed for Burton Albion
Yeah, I signed for Burton Albion, dropping down to non-league again. Whilst playing for Burton, We promoted to the conference and spent a few season in the conference. I’m very thankful to all the people who took a chance on me.
What are your favourite memories from your time at Burton?
Obviously, the promotions were good but first and foremost I was very impress with the club. Going from a professional club to a non-league and the non-league was really professional. Nigel Clough was the manager so it was really professional and training was really good.
I favourite memory was getting promoted to the conference and I scored myself that season. It was a good 4 years really.
How did you move to Hull come about?
They’d come and watch me a few times. They need cover for Boaz Myhill at the time. After they saw me play, I went had a bit of a trial, they must have liked what saw and it went from there really.
I don’t how many they watched me but I believe it was a few times and it kinda of come from that.
Hull had just been promoted to League One, did it feel like something big was about to happen when you joined?
Yeah, when Hull came in for me. Nigel Clough said they were a club moving forward and if it was a lesser club he would have advised me to stay where I was. But because it was Hull and they are should a big club who could go for promotion again. It would be a great chance for me and obviously at the time I found I was happy to be a full time professional.
I couldn’t have dreamed of what was ahead but they were a big club moving the right distraction. Obviously, then we got promotion to the championship at same season so it had been a fantastic move for my career.
It’s hard to discuss your career without talking about Bradford 2012/13 season when the club got promoted and made the final of the League Cup. For you was that the best time of your career?
Obviously, making my Premier League debut was massive for my career because I never thought I would end playing in the Premier League as I came from non-league.
The whole cup run at Bradford was great beating a club the size of Chelsea etc. When you in that bubble you don’t realise what a big thing is you’re doing.
But personally it was fantastic to reach the capital cup final and to play at Wembley was a dream come true. Obviously, you get the chance to play there in playoff finals but to play in an actual cup final was beyond dreams.
The season was kinda filtering out a little bit but the manager got round the players and we give it one big push and we eventually got promoted so it was a fantastic season, not your personally but for the club, the fans and everyone connected from the club.
It was one of the best seasons you could ever imagine.
Follow Matt - @dukesof16
Matt Duke wears Selsport Goalkeeper Gloves