The experienced footballer that is Jamie Cureton has been appointed as a player-manager of a club who are in the ninth tier of English football.
The former Premier League and English Football League striker, who has made over 1,000 appearances during his 27 year playing career, signed for Enfield back in June 2020, making it his 21st team.
Cureton has gone one to extend his stay with the Essex Senior League outfit, who groundshare at Bishop’s Stortford, by becoming their new manager.
Earlier this year, he had been playing for Isthmian League outfit Hornchurch, joining in February 2020, however was let go months later.
Enfield said on Twitter: “Following a board meeting this afternoon we are delighted to announce that Jamie Cureton has been confirmed as permanent manager. His back room team will remain in place with the exception of Tony Stavri who has stepped back for health reasons. We all offer Jamie and his team our full support moving forward and remain excited about what the season will bring… Come on you E’s”
Jamie tweeted in June about the move to Enfield, saying: “Delighted to sort out my future for the season ahead. Joining a club on the up, so impressed with the plans on and off the field. Cannot wait to get going. Hoping to add value playing and coaching.”
— Enfield FC (@EnfieldFC) June 27, 2020
Fans were left shocked in February after finding out that the 45 year old player/manager said he was told he had “no future next season as player or manager” at Isthmian League Premier Division side Bishop’s Stortford.
Jamie Cureton is the only player to have scored in all England’s top 9 leagues and has incredibly played over 1000 senior games and scored over 370 goals.
Jamie Cureton has now scored in all of England’s top 9 tiers!
The 44 year old set the new record tonight scoring for @EnfieldFC.
The Bishop’s Stortford boss is currently playing games for tenants Enfield FC in The Essex Senior League.
(Photos: @Fortunate317) pic.twitter.com/d4h5pP12ZM
— Ollie Bayliss (@Ollie_Bayliss) October 23, 2019
At the end of 2019 Jamie had made 86 appearances and scored 46 goals for Stortford. He was on a dual registration with Enfield, and has made a couple of appearances and scored this season for the Essex Senior Leaguers.
43 years of age and Jamie Cureton is still doing this. Unbelievable hit ?? pic.twitter.com/vmQEQjt9i9
— Talk Norwich City (@TalkNorwichCity) April 7, 2019
HIS CAREERS STATS:
1993–1996 – Norwich City – 29 games (6 goals)
1995–1996 → Bournemouth (loan) – 5 games (0 goals)
1996 → Bristol Rovers (loan) – 6 games (4 goals)
1996–2000 – Bristol Rovers – 168 games (68 goals)
2000–2003 – Reading – 108 games (50 goals)
2003–2004 – Busan I’Cons – 21 games (4 goals)
2004–2005 – Queens Park Rangers – 43 games (6 goals)
2005–2006 – Swindon Town – 30 games (7 goals)
2005–2006 → Colchester United (loan) – 8 games (4 goals)
2006–2007 – Colchester United – 44 games (23 goals)
2007–2010 – Norwich City – 69 games (16 goals)
2008–2009 → Barnsley (loan) – 8 games (2 goals)
2010 → Shrewsbury Town (loan) – 12 games (0 goals)
2010–2011 – Exeter City – 41 games (17 goals)
2011–2012 – Leyton Orient – 19 games (1 goal)
2012 → Exeter City (loan) – 7 games (1 goal)
2012–2013 – Exeter City – 40 games (21 goals)
2013–2014 – Cheltenham Town – 35 games (11 goals)
2014–2016 – Dagenham & Redbridge – 83 games (26 goals)
2016 – Farnborough – 7 games (8 goals)
2016 – Eastleigh – 7 games (1 goal)
2016 – Farnborough – 1 games (1 goal)
2016–2017 – St Albans City – 15 games (4 goals)
2017 → Farnborough (dual registration) – 8 games (6 goals)
2017–2018 – Farnborough – 23 games (10 goals)
2018-2020 – Bishop’s Stortford – 91 games (52 goals)
2019-2020 – Enfield (dual registration)
2020 – Hornchurch
2020 – Enfield
Speaking about his long career, he said to Bristol Live: “I don’t think I’ve changed too much. I’ve always tried to stay very grounded and really want to enjoy football, no matter where I was playing or who I was playing for. That’s what’s helped me keep going, I’ve never thought I’m too big or too good, I’ve just embraced it.
“I just play to enjoy football, I’m not playing for any other reason anymore. It doesn’t matter who I’m playing for or whatever level, it’s just a pure enjoyment.
“I imagine there are a few people who would find it strange that I’m still doing it but it’s the one thing that I’ve loved all my life and if I can still play, I’ll keep on doing it. Even now, I still get the same buzz from running around and scoring goals.
“People keep saying I’ll be playing at 50 but I’m not sure. I’m at an age now I go year by year and see how I’m feeling. I don’t have any plans to quit.”
Fans reacted after hearing that Jamie Cureton has been appointed as a manager of a ninth tier club…
Good luck @JamieCuro ??
— Daniel Law (@DanielLaw99) September 29, 2020
— Enfield FC (@EnfieldFC) September 29, 2020
Congratulations @JamieCuro! Wishing Tony Stavri well.
— Ollie Bayliss (@Ollie_Bayliss) September 29, 2020
@JamieCuro Congratulations Jamie for your new post of manager at Enfield. We know that you will rise to the challenge. Wishing you and your family all the best. ?⚽️?
— Ann Layton (@crosswordbird) September 29, 2020
If he’s on for five minutes I would expect a hat-trick!
— Loyal Royal (@RoyalstilIdie) September 24, 2020
@mattyhanning: Good luck to @JamieCuro and everyone @EnfieldFC for the coming season . Great club, great people who will always remain close to my heart.
@TheBoroWalk: Never in doubt. Good luck @JamieCuro
@RoyalstilIdie: Player AND Manager – for one wage?! What a bargain.
@LeeSpokes1: Annoyingly, he probably still looks a lot younger than most 27 year old players
@mi_kemp: good luck, you will do a great job pal. Teach them how to do the Big Dipper and all will be ok pal. @ElmParkRoyals
@tmgharrowsmith: Can’t wait for Cureton as player manager in 10 years