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Position Centre back
Born 24 Oct 1943, Eighton Banks (England)
Height 181 cm
Weight 80 kg
International Caps England: 28 full

Club From To Apps Goals Sold for
Leeds United 01 Apr 1961 08 Oct 1976 724 21 £0
Bristol City 08 Oct 1976 01 Jun 1979 108 4 £0
Barnsley 01 Jun 1979 01 Jun 1983 31 0 £0

Leeds Career League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1962 - 1963 362 3  2  0  0 
1963 - 1964 422 3  2  0  0 
1964 - 1965 412 8  21 0  0 
1965 - 1966 415 2  1  11  0 
1966 - 1967 40  7  3  10  0 
1967 - 1968 402 5  7  12  0 
1968 - 1969 42  2  2  81 0 
1969 - 1970 351 7  2  6  0 
1970 - 1971 421 41 1  11  0 
1971 - 1972 42  7  4  2(1)  0 
1972 - 1973 321 7  5  9  0 
1973 - 1974 42  5  1  1  0 
1974 - 1975 251 4  4  8  0 
1975 - 1976 311 1(1)  2  0  0 
1976 - 1977 9  0  1  0  0 
Total 54018 65(1)1 391 78(1)1 0 

Jabba's Comments

If ever a player had an apt nickname, it was 'Bites Yer Legs' Hunter. A tough competitor and a skilled defender, Hunter spent 16 years at Elland Road and his defensive partnership with Jack Charlton was the foundation for much of Leeds' success in that era.

His England career was limited by the presence of players like Jack Charlton and Bobby Moore, but he had a good run at an international level, winning 28 caps - although he's probably best remembered for failing to win the ball in a straightforward tackle in the move that lead to Poland's goal in their infamous 1973 draw at Wembley that blocked England's path to the World Cup Finals. In the same year he was voted the first PFA Player of the Year, so it's clear that he enjoyed the respect and admiration of his fellow professionals, despite his reputation as a hard man.

He left Leeds in 1976 to spend 3 years at Bristol City, before returning to Yorkshire as a player and player-manager at Barnsley. He also managed Rotherham and was coaching at Leeds before the arrival of Howard Wilkinson. He remains a regular at Elland Road, these days as a summariser for match day commentary on local and national radio.

Bobby Wade says: Norman Hunter is my great uncle. I live in NSW Australia. He is my grandma's brother I have never met him but.

Chris Dillon says: Met Norman outside Villa Park before Leeds game about 3 years ago. He was happy to chat and sign autographs. A real decent bloke and a Leeds legend.

Hedley Harper says: Had a beer or two with this bloke and his wife, Sue (great lady) in San Francisco some time ago. Said he played football in Leeds but doubted it at the time since he doesn't look big or tough. Wouldn't stand a chance playing our kind of football.

Alex Bull says: When Norman came to Bristol City the fans were against him because of his hard image. He soon establised himself as a great favourite, player of the year each year and kept City up in the old first division.When he left they were relegated and have not got back YET.

vadez says: when he was barnsley,manager he came too my primary school in leeds and took us for football practice.

Paul Davies says: Hard to decide between Norman and Billy Bremner as the GREATEST player to ever play for Leeds.I've bumped into Norman outside the ground and he is always happy to discuss the days performance.He tells it how it is honest and straightforward the same as he played.

Matt Owen says: hello i thought i'd let you all know i'm related to norman hunter. my great grandad's sister is his mum. i met him in my great granda's house.

Bob Weeks says: Watched him play for Bristol City for three years in the old first division , he was getting on a bit, but he was still a fantastic player, my best memory of Norman was two fantastic tackles on Kenny Daglish early in a game against Liverpool. Daglish had a very quiet game after that, Happy Days.

alma d bennett (nee turnbull) says: i went to birtley east secendary modern school with norman we were in the same class, he traveled to school with friends george cook and brian manning, they were the only three people who traveled from eighton banks. he always loved football, was always very polite but not always well behaved in class. he was a very good friend of brenda evans. very popular with the girls as he was tall for his age which made him stand out. i would love to have a signed photo of him if he remembers me. glad to see he has done so well. could write a lot more but don't know if you would be interested, nothing bad.

Richard Shaw says: I bumped into him in Pudsey ten years ago. He walked about half a mile up the street with me, even though he did not know me. He was a true gentleman.

Ste says: Norman Hunter!!! The best centre back we ever had - wish he was playin in the side now - he probably would - the crazy geordie nutter - Norman I LOVE YOU

Sid Butters says: Was at Derby County when Francis Lee fancied his chances and Norm dropped him.As big Jack said "We'll play you off the pitch or kick you off the pitch',whichever way you want it! What happened to us????

Elaine Walton says: Norman Hunter is the cousin of my grandmother Edwina Hunter and my great uncle Thomas Hunter. I never met him but he supposedly looks like my dad! I do recall the liqourice allsorts advert when bertie asked him what he bites...


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