Former Leeds United and England international Norman “Bites Yer Legs” Hunter sadly passed away this morning due to complications from Coronavirus. He was 76 years old.
Hunter was a tenacious center back who played 15 seasons for his boyhood club Leeds United. While he was with “The Whites,” Hunter appeared in an astronomical 724 matches and scored 21 goals all as the club’s anchor. He played in his first game for Leeds a month before his 19th birthday in September 1962 and suited up for the final time 14 years later in the Fall of 1976.
Known for his aggressive defensive style and no-nonsense attitude on the pitch, the Gateshead native helped lead Leeds to 2 first division league titles, a second division title, the 1968 League Cup, the 1969 Charity Shield and the 1972 FA Cup. He also helped his squad reach the finals of the 1975 European Cup where they would lose to Bayern Munich.
All along the way, Hunter would pick up the PFA’s inaugural Players’ Player of the Year award in 1974 and would be placed on the first ever PFA’s Team of the Year that same year. Even though he was considered abrasive, maybe even too tough for his own good, players and fans around the British Isles respected “Bites Yer Legs” for his incredible acumen to the game.
In 1998, Hunter would be included on the “Football League 100 Legends” list along with bonafide gods of the English game like George Best, Sir. Kenny Dalglish, Peter Shilton, and Alan Shearer.
Undoubtedly part of the reason why Hunter was so well respected for so long was also because he was a part of the fabled 1966 English National Team that won the World Cup. And although he never actually played a game because he was only 22 years old at the time with only 4 caps to his name, it’s accepted that every member of that legendary squad would be forever remembered and respected.
For everyone here at the Game Changer Sports Network, we wish to send over our deepest condolences to Hunter’s family, friends, and the folks at Leeds United.
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