SIR DONALD CURRIE AND HIS CUP
FEATURE: THE CURRIE CUP IS NAMED AFTER A MAN AND WAS FROM THE BEGINNING A SPONSOR’S TROPHY. PAUL DOBSON TAKES A WALK BACK IN TIME!
That is surprising considering the aggressive amateurism of the 1890s, at a time when rugby league was being born of men who wanted a little bit of monetary compensation for taking time off work to play rugby.
Donald Currie was born in Glasgow on 17 September 1825, the third son of a Greenock barber, James Currie, and his wife Elizabeth (née Martin). His family moved to Belfast in Northern Ireland when he was an infant. There his father is recorded as “Hairdresser and Perfumer”, apparently successfully as the father of six sons and four daughters. Donald was in later life made a freeman of the city of Belfast.