Hugh Curran

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Hugh Curran
Personal information
Full name Hugh Patrick Curran
Date of birth (1943-09-25) 25 September 1943 (age 73)
Place of birth Carstairs, South Lanarkshire, Scotland
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1954–1960 Home Farm
1960–1962 Shamrock Rovers
1962 Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1962–1963 Third Lanark 9 (4)
1963–1964 Corby Town
1964–1966 Millwall 57 (26)
1966–1969 Norwich City 112 (46)
1969–1972 Wolverhampton Wanderers 82 (40)
1972–1974 Oxford United 70 (28)
1974–1977 Bolton Wanderers 47 (13)
1977–1979 Oxford United 35 (11)
Total 412 (168)
National team
1969–1971 Scotland 5 (1)
Teams managed
Banbury United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Hugh Patrick Curran (born 25 September 1943 in Carstairs, South Lanarkshire) is a former Scottish international footballer, who spent the majority of his career in the English Football League.

Career[edit]

Curran began his career at Home Farm when his family moved to Dublin in 1954. After 6 years playing at all grades he moved to Shamrock Rovers to gain experience. After a period as an apprentice at Manchester United he was released and returned to his native Scotland with Third Lanark as a semi-pro where he struggled to see much first team action, instead joining Corby Town.

Spotted by Millwall, Curran signed professional forms at The Den in March 1964. Finishing his first full season with 19 goals, he was the club's leading scorer as they won promotion from the fourth tier in 1965. This proved to be his only full campaign for Millwall, as he moved to Norwich City in January 1966. Serving the Carrow Road club for three years in the second flight, Curran scored 53 goals in total and was voted their player of the year in 1968.

In January 1969, Curran joined Wolverhampton Wanderers in a £60,000 deal. He finished his first full season in the First Division as the leading goalscorer at Molineux with 23 goals, adding a further 20 in the following campaign. Curran scored the first goal in an English league match to be broadcast live in Norway, Denmark and Sweden, when he netted the only goal of a game against Sunderland on 29 March 1969.[1]

During his time at Wolves, Curran was selected to represent the Scottish national team; making his debut on 5 November 1969 in a 2-0 World Cup qualifying loss in Austria. He won five caps in total, over an 18-month period, his one-goal coming against England in a 3-1 defeat at Wembley in May 1971.

The emergence of John Richards at Wolves saw Curran's appearances limited to just eight matches during the 1971/72 season. His final game for the club was in the second leg of the 1972 UEFA Cup Final where they lost out on the trophy to their countrymen Spurs. Out of contention, Curran departed Wolves with the impressive tally of 47 goals from his 98 appearances.

Curran left Wolves in September 1972, joining second-flight Oxford United for £50,000. Despite being their leading scorer in both the 1972/73 and 1973/74 campaigns — with 17 and 14 goals respectively — he departed the The Manor Ground in September 1974, joining Bolton Wanderers for £40,000. After three seasons, in which he featured more than 50 times for the Burnden Park club, Curran returned to Oxford United in 1977, where he remained until retiring due to injury in 1979.

After football, Curran went into business in his native Carstairs Junction, before running a hotel with his brother Ronald in Carnwath, Lanarkshire. He then entered the licensing trade, running four pubs, all of which were called The Red Lion; three in Oxfordshire (Marston, Horton-cum-Studley and Islip) and one in London. After six months of retirement in 2005, Curran was "bored to tears" and decided to get a job as a supervisor at Oxford's Thornhill park-and-ride service.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Swedish - Urban Wigert, "Tipsextra - den heliga eftermiddagen." ("Tipsextra" was the Swedish name of the program), extension to page 1, ISBN 978-91-86407-98-8
  2. ^ Instone, David (9 November 2008). "Easy Life Not For Hugh". WolvesHeroes.com. Retrieved 22 May 2016. 
  • Canary Citizens by Mark Davage, John Eastwood, Kevin Platt, published by Jarrold Publishing, (2001), ISBN 0-7117-2020-7

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