Tony Currie was born and brought up in London, but was rejected by
Chelsea when he was on their books as an apprentice. A brief spell at
unfashionable Watford brought him England Youth caps and he soon
moved on to Sheffield United. He gained his first England cap while
at Bramall Lane and when Leeds came in for him in 1976, he continued
his fine form at Elland Road, helping to fill the gap left by the
departure of Johnny Giles.
He was a regular for Leeds over the next 3 seasons, and his skills
and commitment made him a firm favorite with the fans. When he left
for QPR in 1979 (his wife had never really settled in the north and
wanted to be back in London), it left a huge hole in the Leeds midfield
that was never adequately filled, and the failure to find a similarly
inspired midfielder was a major factor as Leeds' form crumbled and
the team dropped down to Division 2 a couple of years later.
At QPR, he helped them reach the 1982 FA Cup Final, but persistent
injuries were causing him problems. He subsequently moved round a
variety of clubs over the following 5 years, including a brief spell
in Canada playing for Toronto. Towards the end of the 1980s, he
returned to Sheffield United where he worked in a community and
Tommy Perkins writes: Currie was my childhood hero. I was that
excited by his skill I saw him make his debut at 4 different clubs and
to me and many other Blades fans he was simply known as God.
Kevin Smith says: Tony Currie was the most supreme artist to grace
the English game in the 1970s. Sheffield was possibly not the best
place for him to have gone after Watford, but for those of us in
Sheffield who supported the Blades in those years, we shall go to our
graves knowing that we were privileged to witness, for a few years, a
genius at work. No-one has ever come close for their mixture of
artistry, audacity and showmanship. FA Cup 197something against
Bristol City. Goal kick for Bristol. The ball drops into the centre
circle. Currie steps forward, leans forward, lifts his right leg up
behind hem as if doing a calf stretch so that the studs face up, and
flicks the ball forward over his head. Like the entire crowd, the
Bristol defender with him was gobsmacked.
Marty Lee says: I'm a Newcastle supporter and as strange as this
may sound to any Blades or Leeds fans Tony Currie was my footballing
hero as a kid and the only thing I regret about TC is the fact
Newcastle never signed him! Can anyone out there help me as I'm trying
to collect as much video footage as I can on the man.
Brook Stevens says: I saw T.C. play for many years at Bramall Lane,
he was a god. It was the worse day of my life when he signed for
Leeds. I had the pleasure of meeting him a few years ago during his
belated testemonial year, when he posed in my pub teams kit for a
photograph! It struck me how shy he was, not at all the the extrovert
he was on a football pitch. To me he was better than Hoddle, Brady,
Bowles and the rest.
John Nicholls says: My favourite memory of him was warming up at
Carrow Road - he knocked the ball about a bit to entertain the crowd
and then chipped it from the half way line to knock a policeman's
helmet off. Summed him up, perfect skill and a cheeky chappie.
Kim Johnson says: I'd have to say that, as a Leeds fan since 1972,
and a regular follower of the team from 1975 until 1989 (moved
overseas), TC was in my opinion the greatest Leeds player I saw
play. We've been priveliged to witness some of the great British
players wearing the white shirt at Elland Road, but Currie's talents
outshone them all. He was just unfortunate to have played on some of
the lesser quality teams. I remember that amazing bender he scored at
the Kop end against Southampton in 1977 (I think). Sheer genius.
John says: I remember Currie from when Sheff Utd signed him to
selling him. Easily the saddest day of my football life. Quite simply
the best player I've seen and I've even heard Wednesday fans say the
Michael Walker says: I remember first seeing this player as a 10
year old in 1976. This was my schoolboy hero. What drew me to him
was the mannaer in which he playedthe game. He had confidence, grace
and skill. This guy was the one who started my love for football.
For me, this was the complete player. He could pass, dribble and
really take hold of and control a midfield. I was able to watch him
more closely when he joined the team I support, QPR. He was one of
the very few players who could really work out how to play on that
awful plastic pitch.
I have only seen one English player in the last 20 that has matched
this player for all round ability, Paul Gascoigne.
I am quite baffled as to how such a player like Tony never really
reached the heights that matched his ability. I don't think he really
played for teams that would have bought him the success his ability
diserved. I know that he has his share of injuries, but I keep
wondering, did he like Paul have some sort of self destuct button. I
don't think that we have really seen this player in his full
England never really knew how or where to play him. 17 Caps for a
player of that class when lesser names have treble.
He didn't win enough, or get the chance to play enough for his
country. He should have played at a bigger club. Maybe if he had
moved to Europe he could have acheived a lot more than he did. But
for me, he is still my footballing idol.
PS. Where do we find video footage of Currie? Any info will be
Ollie Cargill says: Tony Currie had it all shooting, tacking,
drippling, passing and heading. he was amasing. top player for and
many other Leeds and England supporters.
Billy Currie says: tony was a great player but he came from a great
player too our dad bill currie a great man who sadly has passed away
now but looik out for more curries on the horison me nephew darren is
already well known but watch out for christopher and adam currie they
are doing really well my brother pall darrens dad had a brief spell
with sheffield utd and brighton also my brother dave played for
wimbledon in thier early days me i played cricket bye for now billy
Jon says: Oh yes the best. Better than Best!
Don Cargill says: Tony Currie is a genuine legend. I remember all
of his games at the Lane. To me he was the reason I fell in love with
Sheffield United and I'm so pleased that he is till involved with the
Jeff says: After one almost successful attack against Man City Tony
Currie was making his way back down the pitch when a supporter chanted
his name. TC turned to the supporter and said: 'What's up?'
John Marshall says: Sad as it may seem, but I chose to university
based on going to watch TC. Despite being a Sunderland fan. My abiding
memories are of him against Derby ( 3-0 I think) - Todd & McFarland
and he made them look below average. If he struggled, which was rare,
he just laid it off to Woodward with a 30 yard ball and he could do a
pretty decent cross as well
Linda Stokes says: I saw him score won of the best goals I've ever
seen in my life. It wasn't even on the TV. He was playing for QPR (my
team). The ball was knocked out from the oppositions defence (can't
remember who) It was coming down about half way between the center
circle and the edge of thier box, I could see the way Tony was shaping
up he was going to hit it first time on the volley, the momemt it left
his foot I knew it would be a goal. What a player. QPR only had him
for a few seasons near the end of his career, but I'll always feel
privleged to of seen him play for us. I even forgave for giving away
that needless penalty against Spurs in the 1982 FA cup final.
Edu says: I'm a Spanish football fan, so sorry for my bad
English. I saw Currie only 1 time, vs. Brazil (friendly 1978) and he
really impressed me. Good dribling, intelligence, great vision, good
shoot...a great midfield player. I supposse that if England have
participated in WC or EC during 70's he would be more famous now.
andy smith (worm) says: i thought his name was tony tony currie
like new york so good they named him twice. i've been watching leeds
since 1977 and he is without doubt the best player i've seen play at
Sarah Lewis says: My name is Sarah Lewis and I think Tony is my
mum's cousin! Her name was Rose Currie and her parents were Sarah and
Albert Currie, the latter being the brother of Tony's dad, Billy. I
have an old newspaper cutting of my grandparents' marriage in London
and there is reference to Tony being a famous footballer. Recently I
have been talking to Alan McDonald who remembers cleaning Tony's boots
when he was at QPR! My grandparents are both dead but mum is
interested in compiling a family tree and would like any news/info
about the Currie family. Anything would be appreciated! Thanks.
Barry Reed says: Believe it or not, I was the other midfielder in
the Watford youth side with Tony before he went into the first
team. By far the best player I ever played with. I became a lawyer in
the U.S. He became what he was born to be, a football genius. I
thought I had a future in the game until I played with Tony. I decided
education was a better bet. I just wasn't in his class. My best
recollection is that it was 1966-67. He had been rejected at Chelsea
and it took a while for him to get his confidence back. His feelings
were hurt. Remember he was only 16. Watford figured out what they had
very quickly. He was the golden boy of the youth system and deserved
to be. We also led the S.E. Counties in hair. We both had a lot back
Ade Cox (Scotland) says: I'm a Leeds fan, and I have to agree with
Kim (above), that Tony is one of the most skilfull players to have
played for Leeds. He had real creative flair, someting that's rare
these days. I remember some cracking performances and wonderful goals
Tony scored for Leeds, and I think I remember a fantastic volleyed
goal he scored for England. I was at school at the time, and worked
hard over the next few days in the playground, trying to emulate this
goal! Fond memories.
Donna Morfitt says: Tony opened the new B&Q in Sheffield
earlier this year and I was gutted that I didnt get his B&Q apron
as I was working there at the time
Sue Scott says: I used to watch Tony Currie play in the Watford
Juniors team on the fields in S Oxhey. He was outstanding,even though
he would skip rather than sprint! I won a bet at school that he would
play for England.
Ryan Cox says: i met old tony currie when i served him a cd at
work,i got nervous and i wasnt even alive when he was playing! me dad
says he was a brill player and only george best could match him in the
70s. a good bloke and im proud he played for Sheff U. na na na na hes
a bade n hes a blade.
mark coulter says: my only real memory of tc is the bender kim
johnson recalls on this page all i can remember is him scoring the
goal turning round and blowing a kiss to the fans.classic.
Alastair Fawn says: I'm a QPR fan, brought up in Watford, I saw TC
at age 17 and he was something special even at that age. Two things I
remember from his time at QPR- one was him beckoning some big
lumbering defender towards him, can't recall who or which team it was
but this guy wasnt having any.TC wasn't going to pass the ball, and
this guy stood off him for what seemed like a minute and then could
resist no more, charging over to Tony, who nutmegged him, leaving the
guy sprawled all over the floor! Second thing was during a game when
TC had been struggling to get going and had been dispossessed several
times. This QPR fan in the very back row of the stand had been on his
case all day, and when the ball came to TC in space he yelled "Now
f***ing DO something Currie!!!!" TC stopped, put his foot on the ball
and yelled "Why dont you do something? F*** OFF!" I think everybody
in the ground heard that one - TC had a big gob on him! Absolute
JG says: Been a Leeds fan since 1967. As a kid, I had TC's picture
up on my bedroom wall (Shoot! magazine, he was with Sheff Utd at the
time). Great great day when we signed him. Two favourite memories -
one was a nothing league game at Highbury (oh to have "nothing" league
games like that again!) - TC and Chippie Brady tried to outdo each
other all game. Brady scored a 20 yard curler. 2nd half, TC takes the
ball to the goal line, everyone waits for the cross but he smashes it
straight into the net from a crazy angle. Right in front of the North
Bank - to their credit, they clapped him. 2nd memory was after a crap
game v Everton. I said to a mate that TC was great as usual and he
said, dead serious, "Nah! He gave the ball away twice". Years later,
I played snooker on the next table to him in a North London club. That
was the closest I'll ever get to God.
Lee Verity says: I went to Sheffield University in the 70s and
watched United's home games throughout the '74-'75 season. I wasn't
too impressed with TC at first, but -if I remember rightly - he was
carrying an injury. After the first few games he was so good it was
unbelievable. I remember United's manager said TC was the best player
in the world at that time - I'm sure he was. I remember the excitement
in the crowd every time he got the ball. I remember the great game
with West Ham that Sheffield United won 3-2. TC scored twice - the
second goal was one of the best I've ever seen. TC dribbled the ball
from the halfway line into West Ham's box, beating man after man,
before rolling it into the net using his left foot. The game was on
Match of the Day and John Motson screamed "that was a quality goal
from a quality player!" It certainly was! I was so excited it took me
several days to calm down after that match! Can anyone tell me
whether a video of TC's career has been produced?
stephen taylor says: How come nobody has commented on his goal of
the month / season when he bent the ball like I have never seen before
or since. Is there any footage of this goal?