Former Cymru international Alan Curtis has been awarded the MBE for his services to Welsh football in the New Year Honours List.
During his playing career, Curtis made almost 750 club appearances during spells at Swansea City, Leeds United, Southampton, Cardiff City, Stoke City and Barry Town. His performances were recognised in the 35 international caps he earned for his country between 1976 and 1987, scoring six goals in the colours of Cymru.
Curtis scored his first goal for Cymru on his senior international debut in a 2-1 friendly defeat against England at the Racecourse in Wrexham in March 1976. He then scored the winner against the Republic of Ireland at the Vetch Field in September 1979, and added the consolation goal in the 5-1 defeat against Germany in Cologne a month later.
The fourth of his six Cymru goals followed in October 1981 as Mike England's side were held to a 2-2 draw against Iceland in Swansea, before he joined Ian Rush and Peter Nicholas on the scoresheet in a 3-0 win over Northern Ireland in May 1982. His final goal for Wales arrived in October 1983 when he came off the bench as the side claimed a convincing 5-0 win over Romania in Wrexham, Curtis scoring the fifth goal in the victory.
However, Curtis is best remembered for his achievements over three separate spells at Swansea City as a player. Representing the Swans in all four divisions of the Football League, Curtis scored over 100 goals for the club in more than 400 appearances. He also crossed the south Wales divide to play for Cardiff City, where he made over a century of appearances between 1986 and 1989.
Curtis returned to Swansea City at the end of his playing career, holding a number of different coaching positions with the youth teams and senior team, and played a key part in the development of a number of young players at the club who would go on to have long and successful careers. Curtis has been involved with the club in various capacities for more than 40 years, and is a legendary figure in the club's history.
His work with young players also worked to the benefit of the Cymru national team as Brian Flynn brought him into the international setup as his assistant with the intermediate teams in 2004. Over the course of the next six years, the duo worked closely with manager John Toshack to bring through the likes of Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey, Chris Gunter, Wayne Hennessey, Joe Allen and many others ahead of their time.
A hugely-popular figure in Welsh football circles, Curtis remains a passionate supporter of the the game in Wales, and it is fitting that his service to the sport has been recognised in this way. Congratulations Alan.