Former Coventry captain and FA Cup champion assistant coach George Curtis has passed away at the age of 82.
The central defender is affectionately referred to as “Iron Man.” From 1956 to 1969, he played a total of 543 times for the Sky Blue-the second highest number of appearances in the club’s history.
Curtis was a key figure in Coventry’s rise from the fourth division to the first division in the 1960s. He then joined Aston Villa and won the third division during his three-year stay in 1971-72.
After announcing his retirement, Curtis became part of the management team together with John Sillet, leading Coventry to the top security in 1986 and defeating Tottenham in the Wembley FA Cup final in 1987 Tottenham.
From 1977 to 1994, he also held a number of commercial positions and served as managing director in Coventry.
A statement from the Coventry Club read: “At this very sad time, the thoughts and condolences of everyone in Coventry and the entire Skyblue community are with George’s family and friends.”