(Thursday 6th December 2001)
Uncle Tony Currie in QPR days circa 1983Wycombe wonder Darren Currie has been compared to England Captain David Beckham by his Uncle Tony. Speaking in an interview for ITV Digital, Tony Currie said "Darren is, without doubt, the best crosser of the ball, after Beckham, in the country. Heíll produce nine times out of ten, right foot or left foot." Currie senior, a hero in his time for Sheffield United, Leeds United and QPR, reckons Darren should aim for more goals too. "Iím always telling him to shoot more, Ďcos heís got a great shot, he can bend them, he can do anything with them."

And Uncle Tony wants his nephew to see more of the ball "I donít think he demands the ball enough, I donít know what the tactics are like at Wycombe but Iíve seen him 3 or 4 times this season and they donít give him the ball enough."

27 year old Darren was just a few years old during his Uncle's heyday but he's glad to be continuing the tradition of the Currie name. Speaking to the Bucks Free Press after scoring his stunning 25 yard strike at Hayes in the FA Cup, he said "It's nice to keep the family name going and get a spectacular goal like he used to."

Tony, who will be 52 years old on New Years Day 2002, began his football career with Watford in 1967 but hit fame following a move to Sheffield United and went on to gain 17 full caps for England. He then moved to Leeds United in the mid 1970's before tailing out his full-time career at QPR. He later went on to spend a short time in Canada before returning to the UK for brief spells with Chesham United, Southend United and Torquay United.

Click here to download Darren Currie desktopThe younger Currie added "I've said, for as long as I can remember, that to even be related to him is something to be proud of. He was a fantastic player. I used to be mascot at QPR when he played there and I'd go down as often as I could. As a kid I don't remember too much about him but I've watched videos of him and seen what a class player he was." Click here to download new Darren Currie desktop

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