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Norman Hunter dead: Leeds United legend dies aged 76 after contracting coronavirus

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England World Cup winner Norman Hunter has gave up the ghost aged 76 after contracting coronavirus.

The Leeds United legend was admitted to hospital on April 10, with a press release released by the club on Thursday saying he was “fighting incredibly hard” but remained “severely unwell”.

Hunter made 726 appearances for Leeds between 1962-76, fewer only than Jack Charlton, Billy Bremner and Paul Reaney within the club’s history.

A statement from Leeds United read: “Leeds United are devastated to find out 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 therefore the best efforts of NHS staff, he sadly lost his fight earlier this morning.”

“He leaves an enormous hole within 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.”

Part of the famous side coached by Don Revie, he lifted the primary Division title in 1968/69 and 1973/74 and also won the FA Cup and League Cup. 

In 1974 he was named the inaugural PFA Players’ Player of the Year and a year later played within the European final defeat to Bayern Munich. 

In 1966, Hunter was a part of Alf Ramsey’s squad for the planet Cup on home soil, though he didn’t feature.

Initially, only those that played within the 4-2 final convert West Germany received medals, but along side the remainder of the squad, Hunter was awarded his in 2007. 

Hunter was also within the squad that finished third at the ecu Championships in 1968.

After leaving Leeds in 1976, Hunter joined Bristol City, making over 100 appearances for the Robins, 

before finishing his playing career with Barnsley, who he also managed.


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