Tony Currie (footballer)
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|Full name||Anthony William Currie|
|Date of birth||1 January 1950|
|Place of birth||Edgware, Middlesex, England|
|1979–1982||Queens Park Rangers||81||(5)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Anthony William "Tony" Currie (born 1 January 1950) is an English former footballer who had significant spells for Sheffield United, Leeds United and Queens Park Rangers as well as representing England.
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' or 'Top Cat' as he was nicknamed by Sheffield United fans, was idolised in his time at Bramall Lane. He went on to score 54 goals in 313 appearances and was also made captain by manager Ken Furphy in March 1974. In September 2014, as part of the club's 125th Anniversary celebrations, he was named Sheffield United's Greatest Ever Player 
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, where he played a total of 124 games, scoring 16 goals. His curling shot during United's November 1978 4–0 home win against Southampton F.C. won 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 (making six appearances and scoring one goal), 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.
Sheffield United career
|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|
|1968–69||Two||35||4||0 (1)||0||1||0||3||0||39 (1)||4|
|Total||313||54||10 (1)||2||22||3||30||7||375 (1)||66|
- Clarebrough, Denis. (1989) Sheffield United F.C., The First 100 years, page 108. ISBN 0-9508588-1-1
- "Fantasy football". bbc.co.uk. 21 November 2007. Retrieved 4 January 2008.
- "TC is the Top Blade". sufc.co.uk. 28 September 2014. Retrieved 29 September 2014.
- "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.