ThomasCurley (born 11 June 1945) is a Scottish retired professional footballer who played as an outside right. As a footballer, he made over 90 appearances in the Football League for Crewe Alexandra and Brentford and as a politician he was a member of the Scottish Labour Party for 30 years, before spending his final year in office (2016 to 2017) as an independent councillor outside the party.
An outside right, Curley began his career in the youth system at Portsmouth in 1960, but suffered with homesickness and transferred to Celtic in his home city after just a few months. He had to wait until September 1964 to make his senior debut, which came in a 4–2 defeat to Heart of Midlothian on 26 September 1964. It proved to be Curley’s only appearance for the Bhoys and he departed Celtic Park in September 1965.
Curley moved to England to sign for Third Division strugglers Brentford on a one-month trial in September 1965. He made his debut in a 1–0 defeat to Gillingham on 30 October 1965 and impressed enough during his trial to win a contract. He failed to make a breakthrough into the first team during the 1965–66 season and made just 14 appearances as the Bees suffered relegation to the Fourth Division. He improved his appearance tally in the basement and made 27 appearances during the 1966–67 season. The stricken club’s dire financial situation saw Curley released in 1967 as a result of cost-cutting measures. He made 41 appearances and scored 6 goals during his two seasons with Brentford.