122. Francis DUKU
appearances 36+1 (league 24+1)
debut Windsor & Eton, ICIS League Division Two 17.8.96
Young centre-back who was released by Reading and played against Collier Row & Romford for a scratch team of similarly-released players and for Boreham Wood, both in the 1996 pre-season. Signed for Boro in time for the start of that season but made only one appearance on the opening day, before joining Maidenhead United while studying at Reading University. Returned after starting the following season with Crawley Town and being injured. Made a habit of having a bad first half and a terrific second half, but failed to develop the necessary assertiveness at the heart of the defence despite the eventual presence of Keith Day alongside. Later played against Boro for Dulwich Hamlet and moved on to receive much acclaim at Gravesend & Northfleet in their 2001-02 Ryman League championship side.
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