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Interview with... Lennie Curtis
2006/2007 >> Lennie Curtis Interview
After arriving in England with three successful years at Shamrock Rovers Lennie Curtis, or more specifically Jane Curtis, was keen to move to England to be reunited with family in Sheffield. Lennie arrived at United via Stalybridge in 1996 when boss Greg Fee snapped him up.
Lennie Curtis - Greg had decided he had had enough and then of course that brought Steve in. Whatever people think of Steve, they either love him or hate him, there is no in between, but to be honest the club was on its arse.
Adam Upsall – It really was an unbelievable turn around, what where the key differences between Greg and Steve?
a good manager but what happened with Greg was he had been at Boston a
few years and he had tried to make some changes in terms of finance and
what have you and it didn’t quite happen. He could not get the players
in he wanted to get and then got a bit frustrated, in addition he had
pressure from his own job [outside of football].
AU – Towards the end of that season one of the highlights was of course the game at St Albans, Steve said at the time he was 'gob smacked' by the sight of the fans as you ran out, what was it like to play in front of that following?
For a few
of us and especially Steve it clicked that we have got something here,
look at the potential of the place. There we were at
AU – You were no stranger to the injury room in April that year you had a month where you were put into hospital TWICE! Broken nose and then stitches in your face.
I remember we were 2-0 down at half time to Bath and I managed to get one back and then whacked Stanhope in the back of the head after we had gone 3-2 up. I just conked out, blood and my nose everywhere, missed the game the following week which was Bath away and we got battered.
AU: That summer though you had some changes with your job outside of football which took you, initially at least, away from York Street.
mean, I got promoted in the job which meant I had to be based in Leeds,
so being 110 miles to Boston and with Steve seeing the potential that
meant there were more demands there, I could have got away with once a
week maybe but up to three times a week and then working up to 80 hours
a week in the day job something had to give. I was desperate not to leave.
AU – Got to have been one of your best decisions ever?
Oh yeah, great, great season. First three years at the club were fantastic.
That season we never cracked under the pressure, we just
AU – Then of course Grantham.
We'd played them the season before and beat them at home. That was a massive game and I remember scoring. They were going quite well in the league back then and, of course, the following year we had the game with 4,000 there. They scored early doors with a free kick so the pressure was on us but we came back. The stadium was electric that day.
AU – Do you get back to see Boston at all or any of the lads?
I have not
been this season [05/06]. I went last season and I was overwhelmed with
the reception I got, I thought I’d walk down and nobody would recognise
me but I was flabbergasted at how many people remembered me. When I bumped
into Steve he said: 'You are still looking fit do you fancy coming
back?' So I said 'Nah I’m too old, as much as I’d
thanks to Lennie for his time and Paul David Wakefield-Emley manager for
letting me near him! It was a real pleasure to chat to a face from United
past, if you know any (or are one) get in touch and we can chew the fat.
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