Alan Biggs at Large: Currie’s poignant tribute just before the legendary ‘Woody’ passed away

Former Sheffield United players, Alan Woodward and Tony Currie 'united' outside the Bramall Lane ground - 23rd May 1989
Former Sheffield United players, Alan Woodward and Tony Currie 'united' outside the Bramall Lane ground - 23rd May 1989

At around a quarter to eight last Thursday evening this column was interviewing Tony Currie on Sheffield Live TV when the talk turned to Alan Woodward.

At a little after ten o’clock came a shock announcement of the death, at 68, of one of Sheffield United’s all-time greats.

Alan Woodward

Alan Woodward

What TC said, unknowingly, in between is worth repeating. It was a flat statement needing none of the embellishment that often comes in the wake of such sad news.

Currie, who will be forever linked with Woody, can often underplay his own brilliance. Here he just tells it as it was: “I used to play these 60-70 yards passes straight into Woody’s path and I could stand there with my hand in the air knowing it was a goal.”

As often as not Woodward would race clear and rifle home. And that shot was something else. The talk of the time was about whether he or Peter Lorimer, later a team-mate of Tony’s at Leeds, had the hardest shot in football.

TC was talking in the present tense when he said the following... and we’ll leave it as the final tribute to a fine player and man: “I tell Woody the truth.

“I always thought he had the hardest shot.”