First posted on Facebook on September 25th, 2016
Happy Birthday to Hugh Curran who will be 73 today. Hugh played for Scotland 5 times from 1969 to 1971. Unfortunately for both Scotland and Hugh he would feature in five defeats.
His first game came in the final 1970 World Cup Qualifier in Vienna, Austria in November, 1969. Bobby Brown took a makeshift side to Vienna for this dead rubber of a game, no doubt due to withdrawals and Hugh who was with Wolves at the time was given a start upfront alongside Alan Gilzean. Also making their debuts that night would be Francis Burns of Manchester United in his only Scotland game and making a subs appearance Peter Lorimer. Scotland lost 2-0.
John O’Hare would come into the side in the following year and Curran would be sidelined but he would return for Bobby Brown’s last four games in charge in May / June 1971.
Four defeats followed; losses to both Northern Ireland and England in the Home Internationals with Curran scoring his only Scotland goal at Wembley in a 3-1 defeat to England.
The writing was on the wall for Brown already by this point but an embarrassing 1-0 defeat to Denmark in Copenhagen in a Euro Qualifier and a 1-0 loss to the USSR would see his position as Scotland Manager untenable and so Bobby stood down.
Tommy Docherty would come in but there would be no place for Curran. Hugh would go on to play for Wolves until 1972 and then move on to Oxford and then Bolton before a final return to Oxford and retiring in 1979.
Happy Birthday Hugh and all the best.