Who Tony Currie could have played with if he'd taken a £300k move from Sheffield United to Arsenal in 1973

Pat Rice, John Radford and David O'Leary to name a few...

Friday, 20th July 2018, 12:30 pm
Updated Friday, 20th July 2018, 12:32 pm
The South Stand at Bramall Lane will be renamed after Tony Currie at the start of the new season

On this day in 1973, Sheffield United's Tony Currie turned down a £30,000 transfer to Bertie Mee's Arsenal.

The Sheffield United legend, who will have the South Stand at Bramall Lane renamed after him as of this season, stayed with the club for another three years to become the Blades' greatest ever player.

In 1975, Currie scored a fantastic solo goal against West Ham, which produced an iconic piece of commentary from John Motson declaring it a "quality goal by a quality player".

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But what did Currie turn down?

The Gunners' squad in 1973/74 included a number of players now remembered as club legends, including Pat Rice, David O'Leary, John Radford and George Armstrong.

Rice, who went on to serve as assistant manager under Arsene Wenger from 1996 to 2012, was Arsenal's first choice right back in 1973 and made 397 appearances as a player.

Englishman Radford is Arsenal's fourth highest goalscorer and went into the 1973/74 season having scored 19 in the previous campaign, although the mid-1970s proved to be the decline of his rich goal scoring form.

However United weren't short of star players, with the squad including Len Badger, Eddie Colquhoun and Alan Woodward, all of which had been in the Blades team that got promoted from the Second Division in the 1970/71 season.

In the campaign following Currie's decision to stay in Sheffield, Arsenal finished tenth and United came three places below in 13th.

Rejecting that move to London was clearly a wise decision, as Currie was named Sheffield United's official 'Greatest Ever Player' in 2014 to celebrate 125 years of the club.