The term legend is defined as a person whose fame or notoriety makes them a source of exaggerated tales or exploits.
It's grossly overused in modern society, but there are occasions when the description is an ideal fit - and it certainly applies to former Coleraine defender Johnny McCurdy.
The Ballymoney man is held in the highest esteem at the Ballycastle Road Showgrounds. Still the club's record appearance holder and longest-ever serving player, Johnny was a member of the Bannsiders team that lifted the Irish League title for the one and only time.
Not bad for a wee lad from Stranocum, who credits the late, great Bertie Peacock for mapping out his wonderful football journey.
Former Northern Ireland international Peacock didn't arrive until 1961, but Johnny was already at the club having put his name on a form he knew very little about.
"I used to watch all the Coleraine home games," recalls Johnny.
"There was a schoolteacher in our village and he took me to the home games. I think it was because I was always kicking a ball against his gable wall. I watched my first match in 1954.
"It's amazing to think that five years later, I was playing with some of those players I idolised. I was spotted playing for the Ballymoney YM. Jack Doherty, the Chairman at Coleraine, heard about me.
"He mentioned it to Johnny Burns, an ex-Coleraine player, who came from Ballaghmore.
"Johnny explained to Jack that my brother, Liam, worked locally. Jack appeared at the shop and handed Liam the forms for me to sign. Being young and naïve, I just signed. That's how I joined in 1959.
"Kevin Doherty, brother of Peter, was manager. There were a lot of older players in the team, boys looking for an easy pound or two. Kevin wasn't a forward kind of guy, he wasn't ignorant or anything like that, so the players did what they wanted.
"It was a bit of an ordeal for me. At that time there were no telephones and Ballymoney was as far as I got, so travelling to Coleraine was a big thing.
"I played for the third team for about six weeks before I was brought into the reserves. I was only 17 when I made my first-team debut."
Things changed dramatically when Peacock arrived as player-manager from Celtic.
"He was like a hurricane going through the place," recalls Johnny. "He got rid of all the boys that were there just to loaf about.
"Bertie and Jack Doherty were Coleraine men. They were proud of where they came from and proud of the town - they wanted to bring success. They were the main people behind the club and the reason we were successful.
"Oddly enough, Bertie and I didn't get on at first. I was working for Jack Doherty. I took on a job as a joiner in Coleraine. It meant I had to go back to Stranocum after work on Tuesday and Thursday and then travel back to Coleraine for training. I just couldn't be bothered.
"At that time, there were a lot of summer League tournaments in the North West area. I was playing practically every night. Anyone who wanted me, I played for them.
"Fair play to Bertie. He told me to take four weeks off and when I came back, he would have the training business sorted out. After that, we were the best of buddies."
Peacock transformed Johnny into one of the most cultured and tough-tackling full-backs in the country.
He adds: "I started out as a goalscoring inside-forward, I never classed myself as a right-back. Under Bertie, I suppose I developed into the first attacking right-back in the Irish League - it's called wing-back these days.
"He first moved me to right-half and then to right-back. I took off from there and I have him to thank for that.
"My attitude was, 'Why should I stand about and mark someone? Let them mark me'.
"Shaun Dunlop, sadly no longer with us, was our outside right. But I was down the line just as much as he was.
"Bertie began to rebuild the side, which included the Hunter brothers, Victor and Allan. He picked up Tony Curley, then Shaun (Dunlop) came back from Arsenal. Ivan Murray signed and we had Derek Irwin, Alan Campbell, Tony Kinsella and big Ken Halliday up front.
"We won the Irish Cup for the first time in the club's history in 1965, beating Glenavon 2-1 in the Final at Windsor Park. They were a good side with the likes of Billy Johnston, Syd Weatherup, the Magee brothers, Sammy and Eric, and Peter Watson. That was the big breakthrough.
"A couple of weeks after that Final, we hosted Derry City in the North West Cup Final and it was the biggest crowd I'd ever seen in the Showgrounds.
"Some say the European game against Tottenham Hotspur in 1982 was the biggest, but for that Derry game, the social club wasn't built at that time and the crowd was packed onto a big mound at that end."
Although the Bannsiders went on to become serial trophy winners - including back-to-back Blaxnit All-Ireland Cup successes in 1969 and '70 - the best was yet to come because they got their hands on the Irish League title in 1974.
The side changed a bit with big Vincent Magee, Davy Gordon, Davy Jackson, Michael Guy, Brian Jennings, Eugene McNutt and Terry Cochrane all playing a part," adds Johnny.
"And by that time, Dessie Dickson had established himself as the best frontman in the League - he scored goals for fun.
"There was a good local foundation of Ballymoney boys - Dickie (Dickson), Dunlop, Murray, Gordon, myself, then Liam Beckett came later on. We pipped Portadown to the title. It's incredible to think that's the one and only time the club have managed to lift the Championship.
"We were a match for the best teams in the League and, even though we made a bit of history with the title win, I still regard the team that won the Blaxnit Cup as the best ever Coleraine side.
"To be honest, we really should have won the title a lot more times. I think we finished runners-up three or four times to Linfield or Glentoran. A lot of decisions used to go against us and I always blame the referees.
"I reckoned if there was a 50-50 decision to be made, the ref would always come down in favour of the bigger club. Most of the referees back in those days came from Belfast. That's only my opinion, of course. I always thought the bigger teams held the bigger sway - it was as good an excuse as any."
Johnny can recall playing against some of Europe's giants - Dynamo Kiev, Anderlecht, Feyenoord and Sparta Rotterdam. But it was a night in Scotland that is still stuck firmly in his memory, when the Bannsiders defeated Kilmarnock at Rugby Park in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup.
"That was a game that will live with me," he adds.
"We drew at the Showgrounds, but were 2-0 down at half-time. Dickie bagged a hat-trick in the second half and we went through to meet Sparta in the next round, it was incredible."
Following the Gibson Cup achievement, the club were rocked when Peacock decided to step down as manager.
"Murray and I took over," adds Johnny. "We didn't do badly - we won the Irish Cup again by beating Linfield in the Final, both Ivan and I were still playing.
"But I always knew it wouldn't work, it had to be one or the other. I had a few personal issues going on. My father was killed in a road accident about a month after the Cup win.
"A few weeks later, Jack Doherty approached me to say that Ivan wanted one man, one job (as manager).
"I told him that's the way it should be, but he said Ivan wanted me to take the post.
"I told him I didn't want it because I couldn't handle it, especially after my father's tragedy. I was also drinking a fair bit. I told Jack to appoint Ivan.
"To be honest, I found it very difficult to watch football, but the truth was I went off the rails, drinking really heavily. It became a serious problem.
"I spent time in hospital at Shaftesbury Square in Belfast and had a spell in a place up in Londonderry. That's when I finally got rid of my demons. Thank God I haven't touched a drink in 27 years."
÷ Johnny scored 45 goals in 661 appearances for Coleraine between 1960 and 1977.
÷ He lifted 14 trophies in his 18 seasons at The Showgrounds.
÷ Johnny represented Northern Ireland at youth level in a 2-1 win over Wales at Solitude in February 1960. He also has one junior international cap, which came in a 1-1 draw with Scotland at the same venue the following month.
÷ He appeared for the Irish League XI on two occasions, the first in a 1-0 win over the League of Ireland in Cork in May 1965, then in a 12-0 defeat to a star-studded Football League side at Plymouth in September 1966.