Local Lad,Tom Curry Newcastle United

Tom Curry (1 September 1894 – 6 February 1958) was an English footballer who played as a half back for Newcastle United and Stockport County in the 1920s. After retiring from playing, he became the club trainer at Carlisle United; he remained in that job for four years, before becoming the trainer for Manchester United, a position he held until his death in the Munich air disaster.


Born in South ShieldsCounty Durham, Curry began his football career with his local side, Newcastle United. The start of his professional career was delayed by the First World War in which he served as a Sergeant with the Royal Engineers. He played as a half-back, making 221 appearances between 1919 and 1929, and scoring five goals. In 1929, he moved to Stockport County, for whom he played for one season; he scored once in 19 league appearances for Stockport.

In 1930, Curry retired from playing football and began to focus on coaching; he was soon appointed as the trainer of Carlisle United. After four years with Carlisle, Curry was picked up by Manchester United, who were then managed by Scott Duncan. Football was suspended due to the Second World War in 1939, and when it started up again, Curry had a new manager in Matt Busby.

In 1958, Curry travelled to Yugoslavia with the Manchester United team for a European Cup quarter-final second leg against Red Star Belgrade. On the way back, the plane carrying the team stopped in Munich for refuelling. However, due to slush on the runway, the plane was unsuccessful in its third take-off attempt and crashed, killing more than half of the passengers, including Curry. The incident, which came to be known as the Munich air disaster, also claimed the lives of eight Manchester United players.

Curry was cremated at Manchester Crematorium.[1]