Hall of Fame No. 20

Remembering a man who made an impact as both player and manager

Bill Curry (Striker, 1968 - 70)

Bill Curry is fondly remembered by fans of a certain vintage - but primarily as a manager.

That's because after Boston FC's early burst of trophies under Paul Todd the club endured something of a fallow period.

Bill was the first manager to bring any further success to Tattershall Road following Paul's departure. But those who saw him play will recall that he was an impressive player too, with a remarkable pedigree for our level of football.

Originally from the North East, he had started his career at Newcastle United, playing alongside the legendary Jack Milburn no less. His goalscoring form caught the eye sufficiently for him to be called up for England Under 23s.

In his only game in 1957, he netted one of England's goals in a 3-2 win against Romania in front of 34,000 fans at Wembley (I presume that was before your time, Lori?). England's other goals were snaffled by a certain Jimmy Greaves! Also in the team that day was future England captain Jimmy Armfield.

After a spell wth Brighton, Bill was signed for £12,000 by Derby County, where he became a fans' favourite.

Having settled in the East Midlands, he also played for Mansfield and Chesterfield before first joining Boston FC on loan in 1968. Now playing in a deeper role at the tail-end of his career, the extra class he brought to the side was immediately apparent.

And when he took over as manager, his astute signings were key in helping the club to lift the Midland League title for the first time in 1974-75. Bill sadly died in 1990 aged just 54.

Debut: 12 October 1968 - Boston FC 1, Lockheed Leamington 1


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