Tony Currie (footballer)

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Tony Currie
Personal information
Full name Anthony William Currie
Date of birth (1950-01-01) 1 January 1950 (age 64)
Place of birth Edgware, Middlesex, England
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1967 Watford 18 (9)
1968–1976 Sheffield United 313 (54)
1976–1979 Leeds United 102 (11)
1979–1982 Queens Park Rangers 81 (5)
1983–1984 Southend United 0 (0)
1984 Torquay United 14 (1)
1984 Stockport County 0 (0)
Total 528 (80)
National team
1969–1973 England U23 13 (4)
1972–1979 England 17 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Anthony William Currie commonly known as Tony Currie (born 1 January 1950, Edgware, Middlesex) is an English former footballer who had significant spells for Sheffield United, Leeds United and Queens Park Rangers as well as representing England.

He was an effervescent and exuberant attacking midfield player with the vision and ability to strike long dangerous passes.[1] His nephew, Darren Currie, also is a midfielder.

Career[edit]

Currie was a talented schoolboy footballer who represented Hendon Boys before joining Queens Park Rangers as an amateur, whilst working for a building firm. He joined Chelsea as an apprentice, but was released and moved to Watford to complete his apprenticeship, earning England Youth honours in the process. He turned professional in May 1967 and made his league debut the following season.

He was transferred to Sheffield United on 1 February 1968 for £26,500. He scored on his debut against Tottenham Hotspur with a header on 26 February but missed the next game on 2 March as it was his wedding day. 'TC' as he was nicknamed by Sheffield United fans, was idolised in his time at Bramall Lane.[2] He went on to score 54 goals in 313 appearances and was also made captain by manager Ken Furphy in March 1974.

In June 1976 he moved to Yorkshire rivals Leeds United for £250,000, making his Leeds debut in a 2–2 draw with West Bromwich Albion. His skills made him a firm favourite at Leeds and he played arguably the best football of his career during his 124 games and 16 goals at Elland Road.[citation needed] His curling shot during United's November 1978 4–0 home win against Southampton F.C. won[3] ITV's The Big Match Goal of the Season that year. Currie's form helped Leeds reach the League Cup semi–finals in 1978 and 1979, and in the 1978–79 season Leeds finished fifth to qualify for the UEFA Cup. However, disputes with manager Jimmy Adamson resulted in his sale to Queens Park Rangers in August 1979.

Currie captained Rangers in the 1982 FA Cup Final replay, but his career was badly affected by injuries and, after five goals in 81 games, he dropped out of league football and into semi-retirement from the game. He moved to Canada and spent two months playing for the Toronto Nationals, joining Chesham United on his return to Britain. He subsequently joined Southend United on non-contract terms before being persuaded by David Webb to join Torquay United in February 1984. He scored once in 16 games for the Gulls.

He moved to Tranmere Rovers in October 1984, but left without appearing in their first team, leaving him with 81 goals in 528 league games. He moved into non–league football, playing for Dunstable Town, Hendon and Goole Town before being appointed Football in the Community co-ordinator at Sheffield United in February 1988, a post he still holds today.

International career[edit]

During his time at Sheffield United, he broke into the England team, winning the first of his 17 caps in 1972. He was capped 11 times whilst at Leeds.

He played in the World Cup qualifier against Poland, which was held at Wembley Stadium in 1973. England dominated the match, but could only draw 1–1 and failed to qualify.

Sheffield United career[edit]

Season Division League Apps (Sub) League Goals FA Cup Apps (Sub) FA Cup Goals FL Cup Apps (Sub) FL Cup Goals Other Apps Other Goals Total Apps (Sub) Total Goals
1967–68 One 13 4 0 0 0 0 2 0 15 4
1968–69 Two 35 4 0 (1) 0 1 0 3 0 39 (1) 4
1969–70 Two 42 12 2 0 2 0 2 0 48 12
1970–71 Two 42 9 1 0 2 1 3 0 48 10
1971–72 One 38 10 1 0 5 1 0 0 44 11
1972–73 One 39 1 2 0 5 1 6 3 52 5
1973–74 One 29 6 1 1 1 0 4 1 35 8
1974–75 One 42 7 2 1 4 0 3 2 51 10
1975–76 One 33 1 1 0 2 0 7 1 43 2
Total 313 54 10 (1) 2 22 3 30 7 375 (1) 66

References[edit]

  1. ^ Clarebrough, Denis. (1989) Sheffield United F.C., The First 100 years, page 108. ISBN 0-9508588-1-1
  2. ^ "Fantasy football". bbc.co.uk. 21 November 2007. Retrieved 4 January 2008. 
  3. ^ "Leeds United: My Whites playing days – Currie INTERVIEW – Latest Whites News". Yorkshire Evening Post. 21 March 2011. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  • Huntley, E.J. (2007). A Quality Player: The Life and Career of Tony Currie. Pickard Communications. ISBN 978-1-905278-18-3.

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