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Tom Curry (left-half) 1919

Tom Curry in his Newcastle days, around 1922Born: South Shields, 1 September 1894

Curry was one in a long string of players who featured briefly as a guest for Leeds City during the First World War when regular availability of players was something of a nightmare.

Curry signed for Newcastle United in 1912, but had not made a League appearance before the outbreak of war. Newcastle closed down operations, like many other clubs, for the duration of the conflict and Curry had to look elsewhere for a game. Like a number of his Tyneside colleagues, he wound up for a period at Elland Road.

He made a single appearance for City, on 8 March 1919 when they beat Sheffield United 2-1 at Elland Road. According to the Leeds Mercury's report, "The half-back play was dogged if not brilliant, the work of Lamph and Currie (sic) (another debutant from Newcastle United) giving Leeds a slight advantage in the initiation of attacks."

After the resumption of peacetime football, Curry returned to St James Park, making his first team debut against Arsenal on 30 August 1919. He appeared for the Football League against the Irish League three months later and played in 38 League games for United that season. He went on to make 221 appearances for the Magpies before he left the club in 1929 to join Stockport County on a free transfer. He played 19 League games for County before retiring a year later.

He took up coaching after retiring and was appointed trainer at Carlisle United, before taking up a similar role in 1934 at Manchester United, where he would supervise the training of the Busby Babes. He also trained Great Britain's Olympic side in 1948 when he served under Busby.

Curry lost his life in the Munich air disaster in 1958.