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Alan Curtis

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Position Centre forward
Born 16 Apr 1954, Ton Pentre (Wales)
Height 180 cm
Weight 79 kg
International Caps Wales: 35 full

Club From To Apps Goals Sold for
Swansea City 01 Jul 1972 01 Jun 1979 248 72 £350000
Leeds United 01 Jun 1979 01 Dec 1980 35 6 £180000
Swansea City 01 Dec 1980 01 Nov 1983 90 21 £80000
Southampton 01 Nov 1983 01 Jul 1986 50 5 £0
Sunderland 01 Mar 1986   3 0 on loan
Cardiff City 01 Jul 1986 01 Oct 1989 125 10 £0
Swansea City 01 Oct 1989 01 Jun 1990 26 3  

Leeds Career League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1979 - 1980 22 4 1   2   4 1 0  
1980 - 1981 6 1 0   0   0   0  
Total 28 5 1   2   4 1 0  

Jabba's Comments

Signed in a blaze of publicity - the fee of £400,000 was a record for a Division 3 player at the time - Alan Curtis came into a side that was in turmoil, with the last of Revie's players retiring and few obvious replacements coming through. His reputation as a goal-scoring centre-forward had prompted Leeds to splash the cash, but a string of injuries didn't help him establish himself. Despite bagging two goals on his debut against Bristol City, Curtis only managed two more goals that season. Halfway through his second season at Elland Road, Curtis returned to the Vetch for less than half the fee that Leeds had paid 18 months earlier. He only stayed there for nearly 3 years, and made a telling point at the start of the 1981-82 season, bagging an excellent goal against Leeds as Swansea dished out a 5-1 hammering in their first ever game in Division 1. With a bit more luck, fewer injuries, and in a more settled side, Curtis might have done a lot more for Leeds, but it wasn't to be.

Richard Robinson says: I remember that goal he scored at the Dell against Southampton... a firm drive from a long way out ... won goal of the month on Match of the Day I think.Here's part of song I wrote which included a verse about that Southampton game. You can sing it the tune of Scotland's 1978 World Cup song " We won the match with Ally's Army ... we'll really shake 'em up ... etc" Boyer scored for Soton at the Dell
But then they slipped and L.U. made 'em pay
Wayne Entwistle made us smile
and Alan's goal was sheer style
And rightly Leeds, they won two-one
on the day
Sad eh? If you want to hear the other verses, say so.

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