RIP Bob Curtis
My sugar-coated memories of when I was first started to go The Valley in the mid-seventies with my Dad are that the starting eleven rarely ever changed. The back four was always Mark Penfold, Phil Warman, Jimmy Giles and a certain Bob Curtis.
Last night very sadly Bob lost his battle
against motor neurone and Pick's disease, a rare neurodegenerative illness. He was just 60-years old.
By the time I had been introduced to Bob Curtis he had already been at Charlton for over 8 years, becoming the first team regular right back after Billy Bonds moved to West Ham. Bob played 372 games for the Addicks, scoring 35 goals before moving back to his home town of Mansfield.
My lasting memories of Bob apart from his wicked sideburns will be his penalty kicks. He scored 20 in total for us and I can picture him now running into the box and wrapping his right foot around the ball and placing it firmly into the top right-hand corner of the net, unreachable for any goalkeeper. Alongside Mark Reid, Bob was without any doubt the best penalty taker I have ever seen in a Charlton shirt.
We lost a Charlton legend last night but keep taking those penalties Bob no one will save them upstairs. RIP.