Michael Duberry on football after tragedy: ‘I tried to focus but you couldn’t ignore it’

The helicopter crash in Leicester has sad parallels with the death of Chelsea’s vice-chairman Matthew Harding in 1996

From a professional career that spanned two decades and hundreds of matches, it is understandable that Michael Duberry can instantly recall only a handful. When the former centre-half is asked to place himself back in the afternoon of 26 October 1996, he can do so immediately. “I was man of the match that day and still have the glass decanter in my house; when I see it I know exactly what game that was from,” Duberry says. “I actually watched an old VHS of it not long ago after my mum found it when clearing out a loft. It was a game we just wanted to win that little bit more than usual.”

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