He’s scored against Manchester United, now former Chelsea man is ready for management

Michael Duberry with the Bovingdon Thunder U7s

Michael Duberry with the Bovingdon Thunder U7s

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He made his name as a Premier League defender, but now ex-Chelsea centre-back Michael Duberry is calling on the community to help raise vital funds for a junior football team after taking over as manager.

Duberry, from Hemel Hempstead, is a former centre-back for the Blues – as well as Leeds United and Reading – and has taken charge of the Bovingdon Thunder U7s.

Michael Duberry celebrates after scoring for Chelsea against Manchester United. Picture (c) Colorsport/Nick Kidd

Michael Duberry celebrates after scoring for Chelsea against Manchester United. Picture (c) Colorsport/Nick Kidd

Duberry, 39, set up a GoFundMe campaign with the aim of raising £2,500 to help provide the Thunder players with a new kit, tracksuits and training equipment. In six days, more than £2,100 of the fundraising target had been donated as the community got behind the campaign.

Duberry, whose son Koby plays for the team, said: “I look back the beginning of my football journey and think that if my parents had had to pay for anything other than boots and subs then I wouldn’t have carried on for long.

“I don’t want any of my team to have to have their journey stopped for the reason of expense. Donations will help the team start their football journey on a strong and positive note.”

“Michael’s campaign to fundraise for the local kids football team has already been very successful, almost reaching its £2,500 target in under a week,” added Kelsea Little, media director at GoFundMe.com

“This campaign is a shining example of what can happen when GoFundMe is used to its full potential.”

For more information, or to set up a fundraising page, visit www.gofundme.com or follow GoFundMe on Twitter or Facebook.