James Robert Duncan was a Hull-born inside forward that Hull City snaffled on amateur terms when he was only 15. Highly rated, he signed professional terms on his 17th birthday in April 1955 and made his debut a few months later, scoring two of his three City goals in consecutive October 1955 fixtures against Bury and Swansea Town. Those goals came at the beginning of seven consecutive league starts, which was Duncan’s longest first team involvement during his five seasons as a first team candidate.
He scored his third and final goal for City in September 1956, a 1-2 defeat at home to Wrexham, then saw no first team action at all in 1957/58. Duncan made a handful of appearances in each of his final two seasons, but ultimately he simply wasn’t able to dislodge the likes of Doug Clarke and Bill Bradbury from the forward positions.
Duncan joined Bradford City in June 1960 and made 18 starts for the Bantams in his only season at Valley Parade. He returned to live in Hull in 1961 and signed for Bridlington Town.
Date/Place of Birth: 2 April 1938, Hull
Hull City First Game: 5 September 1955, Leeds United A (Division Two), 17 years, 156 days old
Hull City Final Game: 27 February 1960, Lincoln City A (Division Two), 21 years, 331 days old
Hull City (1955-1960), Bradford City (1960-1961), Bridlington Town
Hull City Record
Career: 26 apps, 3 goalsJames Duncan