Tony Currie

Sheffield United's greatest ever player

Tony Currie

Tony Currie is a retired English footballer best known for his long and illustrious career spanning three decades.

He was a talented schoolboy footballer who represented Hendon Boys before joining Queens Park Rangers as an amateur, whilst working for a building firm.

Tony then joined Chelsea as an apprentice, but was released and moved to Watford to complete his apprenticeship, earning England Youth honours in the process, before turning professional in May 1967 and made his league debut the following season.

Subsequently switching to Sheffield United in 1968 for £26,500, Tony scored on his debut and immediately became a favourite with loyal fans.

Top Cat, as he was affectionately nicknamed, became strongly idolised at Bramall Lane, scoring 54 goals in 313 appearances as well as obtaining captaincy of the side in 1974.

Two years later, Tony moved to Yorkshire rivals Leeds United for £250,000. Yet again he was loved by the fans thanks to his skill on the ball and decisive play-making ability.

Playing arguably the best football of his career during this time, he scored 16 times in his 124 appearances for the club, including the goal of the 1978 season against Manchester United. His form in the period assisted Leeds to two FA Cup semi-finals as well as qualifying fifth in the league to qualify for the UEFA cup.

Tony then moved to Queens Park Rangers in 1979, captaining the side in the 1982 FA Cup final replay, and despite incurring a number of injuries, he made 81 appearances and scored five goals, proving a fundamental part of the side.

Moving into semi-retirement, he went on to play for a number of teams including Toronto Nationals, Chesham United and Torquay United before making his final professional outing for Tranmere Rovers in October 1984.

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