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TC's tribute to pal Woody

22 May 2015

Upon the sad news that Blades legend Alan Woodward passed away on Thursday, Tony Currie has been paying tribute to his friend and former team-mate.


Alan is third in United's list of appearance-makers and second top goalscorer in the Club's history with 193 goals in 640 appearance in all competitions.


He represented the Blades with distinction from 1964 until 1978 before heading off to continue his career in the United States, where he lived until his death on Thursday.


Tony, who played around 300 times in the same Blades team as Alan, commented: "I am absolutely shocked and devastated. Woody was a great footballer but more than that - a great mate.


"Woody was the greatest player I have played with. He would always joke with me that he made me look good. We had telepathy out there on the pitch and how he never played for England I will never know, seriously I mean that.


"If Woody and I had played for England together then who knows what could have happened. Alf Ramsey never really played with wingers and Don Revie was the same, he certainly was good enough to play for his country.


"Everything he did on a football pitch was magic, we had a telepathy, but the partnership Woody and Len (Badger) had on that right-hand side was something special. I don't know how, but he just had that wonderful ability to know when to run, where to run and when to shoot or cross, he really was a special player.


"The great thing about the old days was we weren't just a football team, away from the game we were all best mates, we went out together and socialised regularly.


"Everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him will be absolutely gutted because he was such a gent, but at this moment all thoughts must be with his family.


"He played over 600 games for the Blades, he loved the Club and never wanted to leave."


TC added: "He hasn't been in the best of health for a while, he had a major scare a few years ago, but he recovered and it was great when he got over in September last year for the 125 anniversary dinner. He told me he thought he had been invited across because he was going to be named the greatest ever player the Club had ever had, but that again was his sense of humour.


"His sense of humour was so dry, I would speak to him every month and he would always answer the phone in his American accent which was funny, he was a lovely man."


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