Tony Currie: Celebrating 50 years since a star was born

Today marks 50 years since Tony Currie made his goal-scoring debut for Sheffield United.

Hailed as the club’s greatest-ever player, Currie’s journey at the Blades started on 26 February 1968, against Tottenham Hotspur.

Over the past month the club has been celebrating Currie’s legacy, with a special meal held in his honour.

Joining the guest of honour on the night were former team mates such as Mick Jones, Len Badger and Ted Hemsley, as well as Currie’s family and SUFC co-owner Kevin McCabe.

The night looked back at the United legend’s career and featured interviews with the man of the moment himself and special guests from the world of football.

Veteran BBC commentator John Motson was one of the many big names in attendance.

As Currie scored from the Kop in United’s 1975 game against West Ham, Motson produced his famous line: “A quality goal, from a quality player.”

A video of tributes was played in Currie’s honour, giving praise to the former player and celebrating his dedication to the club and the game.

“It was such a fantastic evening, the best night of my life,” Currie told BBC Sheffield.

“I just want to thank Sheffield United, Kevin McCabe especially, but all the panel who did all the work organising the event. It was the best night ever and I want to thank everybody.”

Currie’s debut half a century ago came shortly after the club bought him from Watford for the small fee of £26,500 earlier in the month.

He would go on to to make another 376 appearances and score 68 goals for the Blades.

Despite a transfer to Leeds in 1976, Sheffield United would always have a place in Currie’s heart.

“Sheffield United has been my life – it has been since I was 18,” said Currie.

“I spent a while away but I always looked for their results – well, ‘our’ results, really, when I was at other clubs – because that’s what it meant to me.”

Currie was also honoured by former clubs Queens Park Rangers and Leeds during the night.