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Mickaël Antoine-Curier

A lengthy look back at arguably the shortest-ever Harriers career…



Mickaël Antoine-Curier. Inset, in his Harriers gear

We can say one thing for the modern-day footballing curiosity that is Mickaël Antoine-Curier – he certainly been around.

At the age of 34 he is, at the time of writing, a free agent. But that does precious little to tell you his story.

Rewind a little under a decade. The hit-man is settled in the Scottish First Division scoring regularly for Dundee. Nothing odd about that, you’d think. But it’s taken a while for the French prodigy to find such normality. In fact, the 40 or so games he’s played for Dundee are, in total, close to the combined number of appearances he picked up from 12 other clubs in his eight year career to that point.

It all started for him at PSG in his homeland but after failing to secure deals there and at OGC Nice, he came to England and as a youth, spent time with Preston and Nottingham Forest, particularly impressing with the latter.

Although he never made first team appearance there, his first taste of competitive action came with an 11-game stint with Brentford where he scored three goals.

Big impression

After being released from Forest, he joined up with Oldham where he made a big impression, but then the wanderer began to wander. Non-contract and short term spells came and went at Rochdale, Sheffield Wednesday, Notts County, Grimsby and of course, Kidderminster Harriers.

His one and only outing as a Harriers player came on 20 September 2003, when we took on Lincoln City at Aggborough. “He’s big, he’s French, get him off the bench,” cried the North Stand that afternoon, eager to see the tall, skilful striker strut his stuff with Harriers 2-1 down at the break despite Lloyd Dyer’s goal. After the hour, they got their wish. Curier made a brief but none the less somewhat memorable appearance that afternoon – his nomadic existence before and after that time elevating him to quite an iconic status with fans who clearly appreciated his talents.

County and Grimbsy came after us – and then, sensing the English career wasn’t for him, the youngster traveled to Norway and instantly hit it off. Second division side Vard Haugesund may not have been terribly successful but individually it was just the move he needed – 27 goals in 21 starts proves that.

Settled down

2007 saw the return to these shores of the Guadeloupe International – and up in Scotland he scored three times for Hibs in the 2007/08. After a successful loan stint with Dundee last year, a switch was made permanent and Curier settled down and signed a three-year contract.

Scotland seems to be where this powerhouse was happiest. While he would leave Dundee for Cyprus, Malaysia and Russia (via Hamilton, as you do…) he was back on these shores just two short years ago when Burton Albion secured his signature.

He went on to contribute to the Brewers’ promotion to League one, before moving back north of the border to Dunfermline Athletic. After being released he was again clocking up the air miles as he made the trek to Belgium, where he was featuring for Eendracht Aalst as recently as this year.


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