Former Ipswich star comes ‘home’ to Hendon
PUBLISHED: 17:40 16 November 2011
Darren Currie has described his belated first-team debut for Hendon as a ‘joy’ – more than 20 years after he originally signed for the club.
The former Ipswich midfielder, who grew up in Wembley, joined the Greens as a youth team player at the age of 15, but was then signed by West Ham before going on to play over 500 games in the Football League.
Now Currie, who turns 37 later this month, has returned to his roots to continue a family tradition – his dad Paul is a former Hendon player and uncle Tony, better known for his exploits with QPR and Sheffield United, also turned out in a green shirt towards the end of his career.
Currie made his debut for Gary McCann’s side in Saturday’s 1-0 home victory over Canvey Island alongside another vastly experienced ex-pro – former Chelsea and Leicester centre-back Frank Sinclair – while ex-Arsenal striker Isaiah Rankin netted the only goal of the game.
“I really enjoyed it,” said Currie. “I thought we were worthy winners in the end – we could have made it more comfortable, but we’ll take the three points.
“My dad and his family grew up in Cricklewood and I grew up just around the corner in Wembley and went to school with [player-coach] Junior Lewis at Preston Manor.
“A lot of my school holidays were spent playing at Vale Farm too, so it’s gone full circle. There are plenty of connections with this club and it’s a joy to be back and playing in a green shirt.
“I want to do my best for Gary and Junior and be part of what they’re trying to build here. I’ve still got aspirations and belief in myself that I might sneak back into the pro game.
“It’s up to me to get a run of games and enjoy my football. I might be the wrong side of 35, but there’s still that hunger and desire to keep playing and whatever happens in the future, I’ll take.
“We’ve got some good young players here as well and I liked what I saw when I trained for the first time.”
Hendon were unable to build on the Canvey result, however, going down 2-0 at Lowestoft Town on Tuesday night. First-half goals from Matt Nolan and Dale Cockerill were enough to settle the game in Town’s favour.
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