Former Coleraine player and boss Tony Curley dies

Tony Curley was a key player for Coleraine before he retired in 1974
Tony Curley was a key player for Coleraine before he retired in 1974

Former Coleraine player and manager Tony Curley has died, aged 72.

Curley joined the Bannsiders as an inside right in 1964 after spells with Distillery and Glentoran.

He replaced Des Dickson as boss in 1983, taking the club to third spot and Uefa Cup qualification, before standing down at the end of the 1983/84 season.

Curley, who scored Coleraine's first goal in European competition, also stepped in as caretaker manager at the Showgrounds on a number of occasions.

He won Irish league championship medals with three different clubs and had the distinction of appearing in three consecutive Irish Cup finals, firstly with Distillery, then Glentoran and Coleraine.

Curley scored 23 times in Coleraine's 1968/69 'Five Trophy' season, claiming Ulster Cup, Gold Cup, City Cup, Blaxnit Cup and Top Four Cup winner's medals.

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