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Former Royal Aiming For Personal Landmark

Jamie Cureton at Reading FC

JAMIE CURETON admits he threw away his chance to make it as a Premier League star. But the Cheltenham striker insists he would not swap his career for anyone else’s as he looks to reach the 250-goal milestone at Scunthorpe. Journeyman Curo, 38, now at his 13th club after 20 years in the game, already has two in three for Mark Yates’ Robins.

And the former England youth said: “Most players that have scored 200-plus goals have also played international football and in the top flight for a long time. Maybe in my earlier years I was at my worst attitude-wise — and that certainly didn’t help me. If I had been how I am now when I was younger, I probably would have played at a higher level than I managed.

“I went under the Premier League radar because I just wasn’t doing the right things. But I can’t complain — it was all my own fault. If I get the 250th, then 300 would be the next landmark in my head — but that would probably take me another two or three years. To get to 800 games and 300 goals would be fantastic — and if I’m still playing when I’m 40 I will be delighted with that too.”

If he scores today, it will come 717 games after he headed in Norwich’s third in a 3-0 Premier League win against Glenn Hoddle’s Chelsea in 1994.

Cureton recalled: “I came on as a substitute, scored with my first touch — and I was only on the pitch for 13 seconds.  That was a record, until Shaun Goater beat it for Man City against Man United.”

The fox-in-the-box became a legend at Carrow Road after he dyed his hair green and scored against fierce rivals Ipswich. But he also boasts cult-hero standing at Bristol Rovers and Reading — and wants to achieve the same at Whaddon Road.

Cureton added: “The goal I scored for Reading at Brentford in 2002 is probably my favourite as it got us promoted. At Norwich, the strike against Ipswich was one of only four I scored in the Prem — so that definitely means a lot to me too.

“I just want to help Cheltenham get promoted, I’m enjoying it more now than I did as a kid.”

Thank you. Our appreciation goes to ‘The Sun’ newspaper for allowing us to reproduce this article which was first published on 4th October under the heading ‘Veteran Cureton admits regret’ Go to the following link to see the original article:

08 October 2013

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