Former Coventry City captain and manager George Curtis dies aged 82

Former Coventry City captain and manager George Curtis – who helped the club to iconic FA Cup glory in 1987 – dies aged 82… as ‘devastated’ Sky Blues pay tribute to the legend affectionately known as the ‘Iron Man’ ‘ is called

  • Coventry City legend George Curtis has died tragically aged 82
  • Curtis, nicknamed the ‘Iron Man’, had played 543 games for the club
  • He was a key figure in their rise from fourth to first division in the 1960s
  • The iconic Curtis also helped the club to their victory in the FA Cup final in 1987

Former Coventry City captain and joint manager George Curtis, who helped the club to the FA Cup in 1987, has died aged 82.

The legendary Curtis earned the affectionate nickname ‘Iron Man’ and played a total of 543 appearances for the Sky Blues between 1959 and 1969.

He helped them get promoted from fourth to first division in the 1960s before joining Aston Villa.

Former Coventry City captain and joint manager George Curtis has died aged 82

Curtis would later return to Coventry and become their director before taking the reins for a season in a coaching double act with John Sillett.

After putting an end to his playing career, Curtis – along with Sillett – helped Coventry in 1986 to ensure safety at the highest level.

Their greatest achievement, however, was the iconic win against Tottenham in the FA Cup final at Wembley just a year later.

Curtis, also a director of the club, had played a total of 543 games for the Sky Blues

Curtis, also a director of the club, had played a total of 543 games for the Sky Blues

Coventry had taken home the famous trophy by winning 3-2 in the showpiece in London.

“The thoughts and condolences from everyone in Coventry City and the entire Sky Blue community are with George’s family and friends at this very sad time,” the club said.

“A full obituary will be on our website shortly, along with details of the Club’s tributes to George.”

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