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Reckless - Potters Bar March 2014.
Oh Yes, thank you to"Al" without whom.......that is all
the spotlight is a player who was could turn a game in an instant
with his close skill and super quick footballing brain.
Paul Currie was born in Hampstead in November 1974 and virtually
everyone in the football world knows that he is the nephew of
Sheffield United, Leeds United and England International Tony Currie.
relatively late age of 18 Darren started as a trainee at West Ham
United in 1993 although he never made the first team but was squad
listed alongside two future Barnet managers in Martin Allen and Mark
a loan spell at Leyton Orient he joined Shrewsbury Town for a £70,000
in March 1998 Darren played a handful of games at Plymouth Argyle
before Bees Manager John Still, to his credit, signed Currie on a
free transfer ready for the start of the 1998-99 season.
Darren Currie 1998
made his Barnet debut in the following line-up at Darlington on 8th
August 1998 in Division Three..
Harrison, Sam Stockley, Warren Goodhind, John Ford, Robert Sawyers,
Phil Simpson, Udo Onwere, Paul Wilson, Darren Currie, Ken Charlery
and Scott McGleish. Subs Marlon King, Billy Manuel and Michael Harle.
game finished 0-2 with Darren scoring the opening goal on 70 minutes
brilliantly flat-footing defenders to give the travelling Barnet fans
a glimpse of what was to be a regular viewing over the next three
seasons. Darren cleverly set up Scott McGleish for the second to
round off the day.
made 42 appearances that season scoring six times and although Barnet
finished in a disappointing 16th place, week after week
Currie grabbed the headlines and soon became an icon on the Underhill
terraces. His signature chant,“We got Darren, Darren, we got Darren
Darren Currie, Currie......” to the tune of Lip Up Fatty by Bad
Manners was sung with gusto every week.
following season Currie helped a 6th placed Barnet to the
3rd Division play-off semi final where we lost 5-1 on
aggregate to Peterborough. Mainly linking up with Stevie Searle and
John Doolan in a three man midfield he made 45 appearances scoring
Darren Currie 1999
2000/1 season, in which Darren made 49 appearances scoring 10 goals,
was of course our devastating relegation to the Conference season.
However looking back at the team we were able to field it still
amazes me how we capitulated. There were so many highs early on
especially the 4-3 victory over Lincoln City, when the Bees were 3-0
down and the absolute demolition of Blackpool at Underhill 7-0. That
day saw a debut opening goal from Tony Cottee and Darren, having
arguably his best ever game in amber and black, score a hatrick .
final game of that campaign was of course against Torquay United in a
loser is relegated scenario. “We lost Lee Harrison though injury in
the first minute and he was stretchered off and although Danny
Naisbitt was a very good substitute the incident upset the focus of
the team somehow” said Darren. Darren unfortunately missed a poorly
taken penalty in the first half which would have got Barnet back to
1-2 and he himself has commented to me that he just couldn't get
going that day and it was perhaps the most painful day of his whole
career. He certainly was off colour and the game marked a frankly
disappointing swan song to his Barnet career.
line up that afternoon on Saturday 5th May in front of
5,523 with thousands locked out;
Harrison, Sam Stockley, Lee Flynn, Greg Heald, Mark Arber, Darren
Currie, John Doolan, Danny Brown, Warren Goodhind, Wayne Purser and
Danny Naisbitt, Leon Bell, Ben Strevens, Mark Gower and Fraser Toms
was never blessed with lightning pace for an out and out wide player
but could completely deceive a defender with a body swerve or a feint
inside to create space. He sold so many dummies he should have had
shares in Mothercare! His goal in the 2-1 win at Swansea City's Vetch
Field in November 1999 (available on You Tube by the way) perfectly
demonstrates this genius and his class – a truly wonderful goal.
Darren Currie 2001
dismay of the Underhill faithful, in July 2001 Currie was transferred
to Wycombe Wanderers in a £200,000 deal. With the greatest of
respect he was a far better player than most in the Conference and
his eventual elevation to Championship level was fully deserved. He
spent three seasons at Adams Park before a move to Brighton &
Hove Albion in August 2004. After 20 odd appearances at Christmas
2004 the Seagulls received £250,00 from Ipswich Town. Currie became
an instant hit with their supporters, scoring some quite brilliant
and outrageous goals. Darren went on to represent Coventry City,
Derby County, Luton Town and Chesterfield before reuniting with John
Still at Dagenham & Redbridge in 2009. I saw him recently playing
for Hendon at Potters Bar Town in a central midfield role. He still
oozes class at nearly 40 and the memories came flooding back as he
strutted around while taking complete control of the game. One or two
passes seemingly went astray but you soon realise that the ball was
actually perfect, it was the receiving player who was not even close
to being on Darren's wavelength!
guested for Barnet in Lee Harrison's Testimonial game in 2011, “I
simply had to have Darren playing” said Lee.
was at Underhill in an era when players were so much more
approachable and many would mingle with supporters in the Durham
Suite bar after games. Darren and his close friend Sam Stockley were
the friendliest of all. In the modern idiom I fear that type of
interaction between fans and player has disappeared, which is a
shame. He and Sam left the bar at the very last minute with the
cleaners and his admirers, including me, at a club function once, or
was it twice?
all his qualities Currie was never voted Player of the Year while at
Underhill – a fallacy some say? Unfortunately for Dazza he was
competing against Harrison at the height of his powers and prowess at
the time, otherwise it would have been a forgone conclusion as he was
another player the likes of Freedman, Clarke, Powell or Lowe that
could turn a game in a flash and send an instant buzz of excitement
around the ground whenever he received the ball – a very rare