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Dave Durie

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Full nameDavid George Durie
Playing positionInside forward (retired)

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David George Durie (born August 13, 1931) is an English former professional football player. He played as a forward.

Blackpool-born Durie began his professional career with his hometown club in 1952. He was signed as a deputy to Allan Brown, but eventually succeeded him. He made his Football League debut on March 3, 1953, in a single-goal victory at Burnley. He made six more league appearances that season, and scored one goal in a 5 1 defeat at Middlesbrough on 11 April.

In 1953 54, Durie made three league appearances. He again scored one goal, in a 4 2 victory over local rivals Preston North End at Bloomfield Road on March 31, 1954.

Durie attained the same statistics in 1954 55, his goal this time coming in a 3 3 draw at Charlton Athletic on September 16, 1954.

In 1955 56, with Allan Brown out through injury, Durie made fifteen league appearances, scoring fourteen goals. He also made his FA Cup debut, against Manchester City on January 3, 1956. The match was abandoned after 50 minutes due to fog, however.

Durie was the club's second-top scorer behind Jackie Mudie in 1956 57, with 22 goals in all competitions to his name. He scored a hat-trick in the second league game of the season, a 3 2 victory at Everton in front of 55,000 spectators. He also scored his first FA Cup goal, in a 6 2 win at home to Fulham in the fourth round.

Two seasons later, it was Durie's strike against Bristol City in an FA Cup fourth-round replay that put Blackpool through to the next round. He scored again in the fifth round, with Blackpool eventually being eliminated after a sixth-round replay.

Durie scored the second hat-trick of his career in a 4 1 victory over Burnley in a league fixture on October 10, 1959. He scored another hat-trick later that season in an FA Cup third-round tie at home to Mansfield Town. His treble were the only goals of the game.

In 1960 61, Durie scored his first goal in the brand-new League Cup competition. It came in a second-round replay at home to Leeds United, but Leeds progressed with a 3 1 scoreline. Durie had become the first Blackpool player to score in the League, FA Cup and League Cup.

Although he remained a regular in the team, Durie's goals dried up after manager Ron Suart moved him back in the formation.

Durie's final appearance for Blackpool occurred on December 28, 1964, in a single-goal league defeat at Chelsea. He had scored in the reverse fixture two days earlier, although Blackpool lost 5 1 in front of their own fans.

He went on to play for Chester City for three years, before finishing his career back on the Fylde Coast with Fleetwood Town.

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