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Tony Currie

Sheffield United FC, Leeds United AFC

17 appearances, 3 goals

P 17 W 10 D 4 L 3 F 29: A 10
*(actual F 25: A 9)
71% successful

1972-79

disciplined: none
captain:
none
minutes played:
1387

Timeline

  Anthony William Currie

(*Actual for and against are the goals scored
while the player was on the field.)

Birth Sunday, 1 January 1950 in Edgeware General Hospital, Edgware, Middlesex [registered in Hendon, March 1950].
Brought up in Cricklewood, and attended Childs Hill Junior and Whitefield Secondary schools.
first marriage to Linda S. Smart, on 2 March 1968 [registered in Hendon, Middlesex, June 1968]. Divorced 1983.
second marriage to Elizabeth C. Taylor, on 16 May 2002 in Sheffield [registered in Sheffield, May 2002].

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] &
Biographies The Matador: The Life and Career of Tony Currie - Elliot J. Huntley (Pitch Publishing Ltd, October 2015)
 

x. - A Football Compendium, Peter J. Seddon (1999).

Playing Career


Club(s)
Began his football career at school and with Hendon boys. Signed amateur forms with Queen's Park Rangers FC while only 14, and as a central defender, but was not considered good enough to be signed as an apprentice when he left school. Currie was spotted by Chelsea FC whilst playing for Sunday League outfit, Kiwi United FC. His trial with the Stamford Bridge club was unimpressive, because he was played out of position. Before all hope was extinguished, whilst playing with Hendon boys FC, Watford FC came along with an initial six-week trial, that turned into a six-month trial, which then turned into an amateur contract in February 1966 and a professional contract in May 1967. It was while he was in youth team that he was turned into a striker, and the goals quickly followed. Within six-months of his debut, Sheffield United FC signed Currie for £26,500. His transfer was effective on 1 February 1968, after Watford FC had been eliminated from the FA Cup competition, ironically, by his new club. Following a season of denied transfer requests, Currie was allowed to join Leeds United AFC on 8 June 1976 for a £240,000 transfer fee. After expressing an interest to return to London, Currie was transfer-listed an he joined Queen's Park Rangers FC on 9 August 1979 for £450,000. Spent the 1982 summer in the NASL with Toronto Nationals and a year later, with Vancouver Whitecaps. In August 1983, Currie dropped out of the League when he signed with Chesham United FC, of the Isthmian League, after five league appearances. On 8 September 1983, he signed a three-month contract with third division side Southend United FC. He was injured in the wram-up as he was about to make his debut against Wimbledon FC and did not feature in any league matches. He did return to the League with Torquay United FC in March 1984, and a return to Hendon FC in September 1985. Goole Town FC used him as a player-coach from October 1987.

League honours
525+3 appearances, 80 goals
Watford FC 1967-68 seventeen+one appearances, nine goals
debut (division three): 16 September 1967 Watford FC 4 Bristol Rovers FC 0

Sheffield United FC
1968-16 313 appearances, 54 goals
debut: 26 February 1968 Sheffield United FC 3 Tottenham Hotspur FC 2.
Leeds United AFC 1976-79 102 appearances, eleven goals.
debut: 21 August 1976 Leeds United AFC 2 West Bromwich Albion FC 2.
Queen's Park Rangers FC 1979-82 79+2 appearances, five goals
debut (division two): 8 September 1979 Queen's Park Rangers FC 3 Fulham FC 0.
Torquay United FC 1984 fourteen appearances, one goal
debut (division four): 3 March 1984 Torquay United FC 2 Northampton Town FC 1.
last (dicision four): 1 December 1984 Bury FC 3 Torquay United FC 1.
Club honours Football League Division Two runners-up 1970-71 (42 apps, 9ᵍ), winners 1982-83 (2);
FA Cup runners-up 1981-82 (7);
Individual honours Football League (three appearances)
PFA Division One Team of the Year
1973-74, 1978-79; PFA Division Two Team of the Year 1980-81;
Distinctions Uncle of Darren Currie (West Ham United FC 1993-94; Shrewsbury Town FC 1994-98; Barnet FC 1998-2001; Wycombe Wanderers FC 2001-04; Brighton & Hove Albion FC 2004; Ipswich Town FC 2004-07; Luton Town FC 2006-07; Chesterfield FC 2008-09; Dagenham & Redbridge FC 2009-11)
Height/Weight 5' 10½", 12st. 10lbs [1975].

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

England Career

Player number One of two who became the 880th players (881) to appear for England.
Position(s) Midfielder
First match No. 462, 23 May 1972, England 0 Northern Ireland 1, a British Championship match at Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London, substituted (59), aged 22 years 143 days.
Last match No. 532, 10 June 1979, Sweden 0 England 0, a Swedish FA 75th celebration friendly match at Råsunda Fotbollstadion, Solna kommun, Stockholms län, aged 29 years 160 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1971-72, 1977-78, 1978-79;
Team honours British Championship shared 1971-72, winners 1977-78, 1978-79;
Individual honours England U23 (twelve appearances, four goals, 1968-73)
England Youth
(three appearances, 1968)
Distinctions Currie scored the only goal by an England substitute in the whole of the British Championship competition.
He is also the first player to score two goals as a substitute, in two separate matches.

Beyond England

no additional information. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.82/83.


The Numbers
Squads Apps comp. apps Starts substitute unused minutes goals ave.min comp. goals
- 17 8 15 ▲2
▼3
tbc 1387 3 462 min 1 none none
minutes are an approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stick to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.
P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
17 10 4 3 29 10 +19 5 8 1.706 0.588 70.6 +7

Venue Record

Venue P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 10 5 3 2 19 +15 +14 3 5 1.90 0.50 65.0 +3
Away 7 5 1 1 10 5 +5 2 3 1.429 0.714 78.6 +4

Shirt Record

Colour P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
White 14 10 2 2 28 7 +21 3 7 2.00 0.50 78.6 +8
Red 2 0 2 0 1 1 =0 1 1 0.50 0.50 50.0 =0
Yellow 1 0 0 1 0 2 -2 1 0 0.00 2.00 0.00 -1

Competition Record

Competition P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L

WCP

1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0
WCF 0 0 0 0 0 0 =0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 =0
World Cup 1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0

ECP

1 1 0 0 4 0 +4 0 1 4.00 0.00 100.0 +1
ECF 0 0 0 0 0 0 =0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 =0
European Championship 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4 0 1 4.00 0.00 100.0 +1
British Championship 6 4 1 1 7 2 +5 2 4 1.167 0.333 75.0 +3
Friendly 9 5 2 2 17 7 +10 1 3 1.889 0.778 66.7 +3

Tournament Record

World Cup Preliminary Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WCP 1972-74 1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0
WCP All 1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0

European Championship Preliminary Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
ECP 1978-80 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4 0 1 4.00 0.00 100.0 +1
ECP All 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4 0 1 4.00 0.00 100.0 +1

British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1971-72 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 1 0 0.00 1.00 00.0 -1
BC 1972-73 0 0 0 0 0 0 =0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 =0
BC 1977-78 3 3 0 0 5 1 +4 0 2 1.667 0.333 100.0 +3
BC 1978-79 2 1 1 0 2 0 +2 1 2 1.00 0.00 75.0 +1
BC All 6 4 1 1 7 2 +5 2 4 1.167 0.333 75.0 +3

All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WC 1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0
EC 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4 0 1 4.00 0.00 100.0 +1
BC 6 4 1 1 7 2 +5 2 4 1.167 0.333 75.0 +3
8 5 2 1 12 3 +9 2 5 1.50 0.375 75.0 +4

The England Match History of Tony Currie 

 
Age 18 under 18  
three appearances - France January 1968, Republic of Ireland (twice) February 1968
  
Age 19 under 23  
one appearance - Wales October 1969.
 
Age 20  
two appearances - Bulgaria April 1970. West Germany October 1970.
  
Age 21  
one appearance - Scotland February 1971.
 
Age 22  
two appearances - Wales January 1972. Scotland February 1972.
 
 Club: Sheffield United F.C. - seven full appearances (599 min) 1ᵍ

manager: Sir Alf Ramsey - six full appearances (509 min) 1ᵍx


1 462 23 May 1972 - England 0 Northern Ireland 1
Empire Stadium, Wembley
BC HL (0-1) 59 11

One of two who became the 880th (881) players to appear for England. 
33rd player from Sheffield United FC to represent England

463 27 May 1972 - Scotland 0 England 1, Hampden Park, Glasgow AW withdrawn
squad member
  
 
under 23  
three appearances - Poland & USSR June 1972. Wales November 1972.
 
Age 23 under 23  
three appearances - Netherlands January 1973. Scotland February 1973. Czechoslovakia March 1973.

468 12 May 1973 - Northern Ireland 1 England 2, Goodison Park, Liverpool
BC
AW squad member
469 15 May 1973 - England 3 Wales 0, Empire Stadium, Wembley AL unused sub 14
470 19 May 1973 - England 1 Scotland 0, Empire Stadium, Wembley HW unused sub 15
472 6 June 1973 - Poland 2 England 0, Stadion Śląski, Chorzów WCP AL unused sub 14
2 473 10 June 1973 - USSR 1 England 2
Central V.I. Lenin Stadium, Moskva

Fr
AW   7
3 474 14 June 1973 - Italy 2 England 0
Stadio Comunale di Torino, Torino
AL   7
4 475 26 September 1973 - England 7 Austria 0
Empire Stadium, Wembley
Fr HW 64 7
5 476 17 October 1973 - England 1 Poland 1
Empire Stadium, Wembley
WCP HD   7
6 477 14 November 1973 - England 0 Italy 1
Empire Stadium, Wembley
Fr HL   7
  

 

manager: Don Revie - one full appearance (90 min)x



Age 24
486 30 October 1974 - England 3 Czechoslovakia 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley ECP AW squad member

Age 25
7 494 3 September 1975 - Switzerland 1 England 2
Sankt Jakob Stadium, Basel
Fr AW   10
CM
  

 Club: Leeds United A.F.C. - ten full appearances (788 min) 2ᵍ

manager: Ron Greenwood - ten full appearances (788 min) 2ᵍx


Age 28
8 519 19 April 1978 - England 1 Brazil 1
Wembley Stadium, Wembley
Fr HD   6

the 18th player from Leeds United AFC to represent England

 
BC
 squad number 6
9 520 13 May 1978 - Wales 1 England 3
Ninian Park, Cardiff
AW (0-1) 16 81

The ninth goal scored by an England substitute.
The only England goal by a substitute in the British Championship competition.

10 521 16 May 1978 - England 1 Northern Ireland 0
Wembley Stadium, Wembley
  HW    
11 522 20 May 1978 - Scotland 0 England 1
Hampden Park, Glasgow
AW    
12 523 24 May 1978 - England 4 Hungary 1
Wembley Stadium, Wembley
Fr HW (3-1) 73
76
14
  

The tenth goal scored by an England substitute - and quickest so far.
the first to score twice in two separate matches.

13 526 29 November 1978 - England 1 Czechoslovakia 0
Wembley Stadium, Wembley
Fr HW   10

Age 29
14 527 7 February 1979 - England 4 Northern Ireland 0
Wembley Stadium, Wembley
ECP HW   4
15 528 19 May 1979 - Northern Ireland 0 England 2
Windsor Park, Belfast

BC
AW   6
16 529 23 May 1979 - England 0 Wales 0
Wembley Stadium, Wembley
HD   8
530 26 May 1979 - England 3 Scotland 1, Wembley Stadium, Wembley HW squad member
531 6 June 1979 - Bulgaria 0 England 3, Stadion Vasil Levski, Sofija ECP HW squad/substitute
17 532 10 June 1979 - Sweden 0 England 0
Råsunda Fotbollstadion, Solna

Fr
AD (0-0) 67 9
533 13 June 1979 - Austria 4 England 3, Praterstadion, Wien AL squad/substitute
  

    
 
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