Legends on legends - Sheffield United
Martin Chivers on Tony Currie
Tue 30 June 2020, 14:38|Tottenham Hotspur
Affectionately nicknamed 'TC', Tony Currie scored on his debut for Sheffield United against Spurs back in 1968, and didn't look back.
His performances for the Blades earned England recognition in 1972 and Martin Chivers, one of our all-time greats, and arguably the best striker in the country at that time, was there to see it.
A naturally gifted attacking midfielder and fans favourite in spells at Bramall Lane, Leeds and QPR, Currie scored 59 goals in 346 appearances for Sheffield United, including 54 in 313 in the league.
He switched Yorkshire clubs to Leeds United in 1976 and made 124 appearances before moving to QPR in 1979, where he played against us in the 1982 FA Cup Final. Currie later played for Toronto Nationals, Chesham United, Southend and Torquay United before making his final professional outing for Tranmere Rovers in 1984, finishing his career with 81 goals in 528 league games.
Born in Edgeware, Middlesex, Currie went on to win 17 caps for England. Martin, fourth in our all-time goalscoring list with 174 in 367 appearances between 1968-76, UEFA Cup and twice League Cup winner, lined-up with him in his first five England appearances.
Martin said: "Tony Currie was as skilful as anything. He was very fit, very skilful and could score goals. And he drove people on with his enthusiasm, very energetic. He was probably due to take over from Martin Peters, who was coming to the end of his England career at that time, but Tony was that much younger. He was a smashing fella as well.
"Tony, Alan Birchenall, Mick Jones, Len Badger - they all played for Sheffield United, and I played against them all. They had some good players, they really did. They were a good team in our time. I always enjoyed those games. We always had a laugh with each other, before and after games. I remember one season we beat them at Bramall Lane and they said to me, 'do you ever tap the ball in' because I was smashing them in from outside the box!
"Mick Jones scored a lot of goals, a good centre-forward. I wasn't surprised he went to Leeds. But Sheffield United had a good, young team (they finished sixth in 1974/75) and it's nice to see them doing well again. I always rememeber playing there because the cricket ground was there as well (Bramall Lane hosted Test matches, and Yorkshire played there until 1973), and it was open one side."
- Born Edgware, Middlesex, 1 January, 1950
- Initially at Watford before signing for Sheffield United
- Moved to Sheffield United in 1968, went on to make 346 appearances (league, FA Cup, League Cup), scoring 59 goals
- Scored on his Blades debut v Spurs
- Switched to Leeds in 1976, goal v Newcastle in 1978 won ITV's The Big Match 'Goal of the Season' in 1978/79
- Played for QPR in the 1982 FA Cup Final - we retained the trophy after a replay
- 17 caps for England, scored three goals