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Tom Curry
Personal information
Date of birth 1 September 1894(1894-09-01)
Place of birth South Shields, England
Date of death 6 February 1958 (aged 63)
Place of death Munich, Germany
Playing position Half back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1919-1929 Newcastle United 221 (5)
1929-1930 Stockport County 019 (1)
Teams managed
1930-1934 Carlisle United (trainer)
1934-1958 Manchester United (trainer)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

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.

Career

Born in South Shields, County Durham, Curry began his football career with his local side, Newcastle United. 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.

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