FORMER STAGS DEFENDER BOB CURTIS DIES
All at Stagsnet and the SSA send our condolences to the family of Bob Curtis, who has died at the age of 60.
Former Stags defender dies
CHAD.co.uk, 22 March 2010
FORMER Stags defender Bob Curtis has died of motor neurone disease at the age of 60.
The Langwith-born player, who made his name with Charlton Athletic, still lived in Langwith and passed away on Friday.
He was with Charlton from February 1967 to February 1978 when he arrived at Field Mill in 1978/79 and even finished top scorer with six goals.
Educated at Whaley-Thorns School in Langwith, Bob was playing up front for Shirebrook MW when he was snapped up by Charlton in as an associated schoolboy in 1967 for a £50 donation and went on to be an apprentice before turning professional.
Bob is Charlton's all-time record penalty taker with 20 successes from 23 kicks.
His career at the Valley (1966/67 to 1977/78) saw him score 38 goals in 372 appearances but he suffered many setbacks there including an appendix operation (June 1965), a cartilage operation (March 1968) and, worst of all a ruptured achilles tendon in his left leg, sustained in a match against Birmingham City at The Valley on 18th December, 1971.
In May 1978 he was given a testimonial match by the club against London rivals QPR at The Valley.
Stags paid £8,000 for his services in February 1978 where he was pushed up into the forward line in 1978/79 and even finished top scorer with six goals.
The 1980/81 season was his final one where he played for Kettering Town, ending his career with 473 appearances and 46 goals.
During his career he was selected for an FA XI to play Guernsey in 1968 to celebrate 75th anniversary of Guernsey FA as well as being part of the England Youth squad, scoring once in a practice match for the national side against Crystal Palace Youth at Selhurst Park.
Bob leaves wife Margaret, mother Joyce, brother Craig, children and partners Mark and Maria, Craig and Sharon plus Robert as well as grandchildren Gareth, Lauren, Shelbie, Hannah, Robert, Olivia and Bailey.
The funeral will take place at St Lukes, Langwith, this Friday 26th March at noon and anyone is welcome
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