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Full Name: Frank Curran
Normal Position: Inside Left
Born: 31/05/1917 (Ryton-on-Tyne, Co Durham)
Died: 24/09/1998 (Southport)

Curran, a strong centre-forward who scored consistently in the 3rd Division both sides of World War II, was born into a footballing family. One brother Andrew had played for Blackpool and Accrington Stanley, another James represented Barnsley and Southend United, while a third brother Jack was an England amateur international.
Frank was signed by Southport in August 1935 from Washington Colliery and he scored 3 goals in 16 League games before moving to Accrington Stanley in February 1937 in an exchange deal involving George Pateman. He made his debut for Stanley in a 6-3 victory over his former club, Southport. He did not score in that game but opened his account with two goals in a 3-2 win over Halifax.
He appeared in 34 League games for the club, scoring 14 goals before a move to Bristol Rovers in June 1938. The following season was Frank’s best in football. He scored 21 goals in 27 League games and 1 in 2 F.A. Cup games to easily finish as the club’s top scorer. His tally included 4 against Swindon at Eastville in March 1939. Despite his efforts, Rovers finished bottom of the 3rd Division South and at the end of the season he was sold, along with full-back Alec Millar, to Bristol City for £300.
He played in all 3 games, scoring once, in the aborted 1939/40 season. His wartime record was excellent (10 goals in 19 games for City, 9 in 7 for Everton, 8 in 13 for Southport, 5 in 9 for Accrington, 2 in his sole game for Bristol Rovers and a single appearance for Swindon).
In May 1946, with peace time football returning the following season, he re-joined Bristol Rovers. He was to score the club’s first goal on the resumption of League football and played 10 League games for the club that season scoring 3 times. He joined Shrewsbury Town, then in the Midland League, early in 1947 and scored on his debut. In two spells with the Shrews, he managed 7 goals in 16 Midland League games. In between he returned to the Football League by joining Tranmere Rovers in June 1947 and in one season at Prenton he notched 7 goals in 17 League games.
Interestingly Frank joined his last League club - Tranmere, 27 years after his older brother Andrew signed for his first professional club - Sunderland. Frank wound down his career with two spells at Hyde United and spells with Ashton United and Darwen. He retired at the age of 36 and settled in Southport.




Statistics include the following competitions
FA Cup , FA Trophy , Football League Cup, League, PLAY OFFS , Welsh Cup,

Season Apps Subs Goals
1935/1936 1201
1936/1937 502
Total 17 0 3


Games where player was named on the team sheet

Date Competition Venue Opponents Score
13/12/1941 War-Time: LeagueA BURY 1 - 6
22/11/1941 War-Time: LeagueH HALIFAX TOWN 2 - 3
01/11/1941 War-Time: LeagueA ROCHDALE 2 - 4
25/10/1941 War-Time: LeagueH ROCHDALE 4 - 1
11/10/1941 War-Time: LeagueA BURNLEY 2 - 4
20/09/1941 War-Time: LeagueH BLACKPOOL 1 - 5
13/09/1941 War-Time: LeagueA BLACKPOOL 1 - 10
30/08/1941 War-Time: LeagueH BLACKBURN ROVERS 3 - 2
26/04/1941 War-Time: LeagueA TRANMERE ROVERS 2 - 2
05/04/1941 Liverpool Senior Cup / SFH EVERTON 3 - 5
22/03/1941 War-Time: LeagueH NEW BRIGHTON 2 - 6
08/03/1941 Football League War Cup / 2 Leg 2H EVERTON 0 - 5
01/03/1941 Football League War Cup / 2 Leg 1A EVERTON 0 - 5
22/02/1941 Football League War Cup / 1 L2H LIVERPOOL 2 - 2
25/01/1941 War-Time: LeagueA STOCKPORT COUNTY 1 - 4
11/01/1941 War-Time: League / 1 2LA CHESTER (1885) 2 - 3
04/01/1941 War-Time: League / 1 1LA CHESTER (1885) 1 - 6
25/12/1940 War-Time: LeagueH NEW BRIGHTON 2 - 4
14/12/1940 FriendlyH ROYAL AIR FORCE XI 2 - 2
30/11/1940 War-Time: LeagueA ROCHDALE 0 - 10
23/11/1940 War-Time: LeagueH CREWE ALEXANDRA 1 - 0
16/11/1940 War-Time: LeagueH PRESTON NORTH END 1 - 3
19/01/1937 LeagueH DARLINGTON 0 - 0
16/01/1937 LeagueH HULL CITY 1 - 4
09/01/1937 LeagueH TRANMERE ROVERS 1 - 0
02/01/1937 LeagueH LINCOLN CITY 2 - 1
01/01/1937 LeagueH ROCHDALE 1 - 1
02/05/1936 LeagueH ACCRINGTON STANLEY 2 - 1
25/04/1936 LeagueH WREXHAM 1 - 1
18/04/1936 LeagueA OLDHAM ATHLETIC 0 - 4
11/04/1936 LeagueH HALIFAX TOWN 2 - 0
10/04/1936 LeagueA CREWE ALEXANDRA 1 - 4
04/04/1936 LeagueA DARLINGTON 2 - 3
25/03/1936 Third Division (North) Cup / 3A CHESTER (1885) 1 - 4
18/03/1936 LeagueA YORK CITY 0 - 0
29/02/1936 LeagueH WALSALL 1 - 0
25/02/1936 Third Division (North) Cup / 2H TRANMERE ROVERS 2 - 1
22/02/1936 LeagueA MANSFIELD TOWN 1 - 5
01/01/1936 LeagueH CREWE ALEXANDRA 1 - 1
28/12/1935 LeagueH CHESTER (1885) 2 - 1
14/12/1935 Lancashire Senior Cup / 3H LANCASTER TOWN 3 - 1
30/11/1935 FA Cup / 1A CHESTERFIELD 0 - 3
20/11/1935 Liverpool Senior CupA NEW BRIGHTON 3 - 2
21/10/1935 Third Division (North) Cup / 1H NEW BRIGHTON 2 - 0

Games where player has scored

Date Competition Venue Opponents Score
30/08/1941War-Time: LeagueH BLACKBURN ROVERS 3 - 2
05/04/1941Liverpool Senior Cup / SFH EVERTON 3 - 5
22/03/1941War-Time: LeagueH NEW BRIGHTON 2 - 6
22/02/1941Football League War Cup / 1 L2H LIVERPOOL 2 - 2
25/01/1941War-Time: LeagueA STOCKPORT COUNTY 1 - 4
11/01/1941War-Time: League / 1 2LA CHESTER (1885) 2 - 3
25/12/1940War-Time: LeagueH NEW BRIGHTON 2 - 4
14/12/1940FriendlyH ROYAL AIR FORCE XI 2 - 2
23/11/1940War-Time: LeagueH CREWE ALEXANDRA 1 - 0
16/11/1940War-Time: LeagueH PRESTON NORTH END 1 - 3
02/01/1937LeagueH LINCOLN CITY 2 - 1
04/04/1936LeagueA DARLINGTON 2 - 3
25/02/1936Third Division (North) Cup / 2H TRANMERE ROVERS 2 - 1
14/12/1935Lancashire Senior Cup / 3H LANCASTER TOWN 3 - 1
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