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John Kurila (Celtic, Northampton, Colchester)

 



prorege
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Centre-half John Kurila was a strong defender who joined Celtic from St Francis Boys Guild in August 1958. He was an ex-schoolboy goalkeeper turned defender. His family had migrated from Lithuania during World War One.

He made his competitive debut for Celtic at right-back in a 2-0 league defeat to Motherwell on April 8th 1959. Despite being an outstanding skipper of a successful reserve side John’s first team opportunities at Celtic Park were limited as he was forced to play under-study to the considerable talents of Bobby Evans and then Billy McNeill. Had John played in another era he could have become a possible regular first team player.

His play was described as being very physical, but lacked a bit on the technical side. In jest, he was tagged by some of the Celtic support as 'Kurila the Gorilla' for his physical style of play but also just as it rhymed well. Some attribute it also to his forthright manner of play against Rangers.

Displacing the aforementioned greats was no easy task, but he enjoyed success in the reserves, winning three 2nd XI Championship medals and a reserve league cup medal also. He had only a few games for the senior side but to no avail.

He played in a run of games around Aug/Sep in 1960 in place of Billy McNeill, but in those five games Celtic lost three games (two to Rangers), drew one and won only one, conceding ten goals. He was deemed culpable for at least one of the goals in a 5-1 defeat to Rangers, but in a 2-1 defeat to Rangers in the League Cup from reports he was given plaudits for at least keeping Ranger's quick centre-forward Millar quiet in that game.

He was eventually released in May 1962 having had a torrid season through 1961-62 when he had at times to play in the Combined Reserve team and he was released at the end of the season on a free. He went on to enjoy success playing for a number of lower league English sides – most notably Northampton Town.

His main claim to fame however is when he was part of the famous Colchester giant killing side who defeated the then mighty Leeds United - Bremner, Giles et al in February 1971. Colchester were 3-2 winners.

After football, he worked in the building trade after qualifying as a carpenter.


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John Kurila

Born 10th April 1941 Glasgow
Died Tuesday 6th March 2018, aged 76

1958–1961 Celtic 5/0
1962–1963 Northampton Town 40/1 (Div 3 winners 62-63)
1963–1964 Bristol City 6/0
1964–1968 Northampton Town 108/3 (Div 2 R-U 64-65)
1968–1970 Southend United 88/1
1970–1972 Colchester United 53/4
1972 Lincoln City 24/0

His sons Mick and Alan both played at non league level.


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Re: [John Treleven] John Kurila (Celtic, Northampton, Colchester) [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Kurila's clubs according http://www.coludata.co.uk/item.php?pg=player&it=320

Blantyre Victoria,
Celtic,
Hamilton Steelers (Can),
Northampton Town,
Bristol City,
Southend United
Colchester United
Lincoln City,
Dover,
Atherstone Town,
Bedford Town


Oldeagle
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Mar 8, 2018, 11:27 PM

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Kurila's clubs according http://www.coludata.co.uk/item.php?pg=player&it=320

Blantyre Victoria,
Celtic,
Hamilton Steelers (Can),
Northampton Town,
Bristol City,
Southend United
Colchester United
Lincoln City,
Dover,
Atherstone Town,
Bedford Town


I believe the above list confuses John with his son Alan-it was Alan who played for Bedford Town, in the final season of the old BTFC, 1981/2. Alan also played for Birmingham, Kidderminster, Bromsgrove, Burton and Rushden.


craigh
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Mar 9, 2018, 6:29 AM

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Re: [Oldeagle] John Kurila (Celtic, Northampton, Colchester) [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Alan also played for Moor Green , smashing bloke with a natural fitness level that was the envy of a lot of players , as I found out when we were both recovering from injury running round the outside of the pitch ....he completely annihilated me!


(This post was edited by John Treleven on Mar 9, 2018, 7:58 AM)


GRIFFON
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Mar 9, 2018, 9:38 AM

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Re: [craigh] John Kurila (Celtic, Northampton, Colchester) [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Yes, sure it was Alan who played for Adders.


GRIFFON
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Mar 9, 2018, 11:48 AM

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Yes, sure it was Alan who played for Adders. ...................... Memory let me down I'm afraid. Blush Checked in the Southern League Centenary Book and it was John who played for Atherstone who he joined from Dover in mid 1970s, seem to remember he had a comb-over hair style. Alan had a long association with Bromsgrove Rovers and with him in the side they won the Midland Division title and Southern League Cup in 1985-86. Afterwards played for Burton, Stafford, Kidderminster and returned to Burton as Player-coach.



(This post was edited by GRIFFON on Mar 9, 2018, 12:00 PM)

 
 


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