Some 18 months ago, Duncan was awarded the prestigious Dave Warriner Memorial Trophy, which recognises outstanding service to the League and to water polo in general. Then Covid wrecked an entire season – and it was only last weekend that, finally, we were able to organise a suitable ceremony.
Duncan joined the Lancaster club in 1968 and was part of the first Lancaster team to win a national title, the under-18s, in 1978. He represented Lancashire and Northern Counties at junior level, claiming national titles with both; then, as a senior, he moved to goalkeeper, playing for Lancaster throughout the club’s rise through the divisions of the former men’s National League.
Injury in 1995 brought a premature end to his playing career. It led to his becoming team manager as Lancaster embarked on a period of domination that earned a total of 12 National League titles and 10 British Championship victories between 1996 and 2011.
In 2012, he was a table official at the London Olympics.