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NORMAN HUNTER DIES AGED 76 AFTER LEEDS AND ENGLAND LEGEND CONTRACTED CORONAVIRUS





A member of England's World Cup winners in 1966, Hunter was taken to hospital last week after testing positive for coronavirus

Leeds United legend Norman Hunter, a member of England's 1966 World Cup winners, has died at the age of 76.

Hunter, who made 726 appearances during his 17-year stay at Elland Road, was taken to hospital last week after testing positive for coronavirus.

A renowned as a fearsome tackler, he won two league titles during his time at Leeds.

Hunter formed a formidable central defensive partnership with fellow England hero Jack Charlton, adding the FA Cup, League Cup and Inter-Cities Fairs Cup during his time there.

Don Revie's men also reached the 1973 European Cup Winners' Cup final and the 1975 European Cup final.

Nicknamed "Bites Yer Legs", Hunter, born in Gateshead, joined Leeds after leaving school at 15, before making his first-team debut in 1962.



Only three Leeds players - Charlton, Billy Bremner and Paul Reaney - have made more appearances for the club.

He also played for Bristol City and Barnsley, managing the latter for four years, before taking charge for a two-year spell at Rotherham United.

Hunter made 28 appearances for England between 1965 and 1974.

Hunter did not receive a medal for the Three Lions' 1966 success as rules stipulated that only the 11 starting players received medals.

But he and the remaining members of the squad - including the likes of Jimmy Greaves - received theirs in a 2009 ceremony at 10 Downing Street.
Leeds United statement in full

Leeds United are devastated to learn of the passing of club icon Norman Hunter at the age of 76.

Norman was taken to hospital last week after being diagnosed with COVID-19 and despite continuing to battle and the best efforts of NHS staff, he sadly lost his fight earlier this morning.

Born on Friday 29th October 1943 in Eighton Banks, County Durham, Hunter left school at the age of 15 to become an electrical fitter.



Playing for Birtley Juniors, he was scouted by Leeds and following a trial game was offered a place on the club’s ground staff.

Making his Leeds debut against Swansea Town at the age of 18 on Saturday 8th September 1962, he helped Don Revie’s side to a 2-0 victory and would go on to become one of the greatest centre-backs the game has ever seen.

Hunter amassed a huge 726 appearances for Leeds United over a 14 year period, the club’s most successful to date, earning the infamous nickname "Bites Yer Legs".

Jimmy Greaves and Norman Hunter, with their World Cup medals, presented in 2009 (Image: PA)

Helping Leeds rise from the Second Division, Hunter was at the heart of the defence as the club became champions of England twice and Inter-Cities Fairs Cup winners twice, along with successes in the 1968 League Cup, 1969 Charity Shield and 1972 FA Cup.

He won a total of 28 caps for England and was in the 1966 World Cup winning squad, whilst was also the first winner of the PFA Players' Player of the Year in 1974.

Hunter left Leeds to join Bristol City in 1976, prior to a spell at Barnsley, who he later went on to manage along with Rotherham United.


Norman remained part of the furniture at Elland Road throughout the years, being a regular speaker in the suite named in his honour, and was in attendance as recently as last month’s victory over Huddersfield Town.

He leaves a huge hole in the Leeds United family, his legacy will never be forgotten and our thoughts are with Norman’s family and friends at this very difficult time.

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