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Norman Hunter dies at the age of 76 after the 1966 World Cup winner who tested positive for coronavirus

BREAKING NEWS: 1966 World Cup winner in 1966 and United legend Norman Hunter dies at the age of 76, a week after being hospitalized with coronavirus

  • Norman Hunter passed away after a positive test for coronavirus
  • Hunter, 76, was part of the English team that won the 1966 World Cup
  • Leeds United confirmed the news via a statement on their club website
  • He played a total of 540 games for Leeds United and became a club legend
  • Hunter received the first-ever PFA Player of the Year award in 1974
  • Read more about how you can help people affected by COVID

Norman Hunter, the legend of Leeds United, has died after a brave battle with the corona virus.

The 76-year-old, who played 726 games on Elland Road in 15 years, was hospitalized with Covid-19 earlier this month.

A Leeds spokesman said the club was “devastated” at the sad news.

Leeds United has announced the death of legendary defender Norman Hunter

Leeds United has announced the death of legendary defender Norman Hunter

Hunter, 76, contracted a coronavirus last week and died in hospital on Friday

Hunter, 76, contracted a coronavirus last week and died in hospital on Friday

Hunter, 76, contracted a coronavirus last week and died in hospital on Friday

The former defender was part of the English squad that achieved World Cup glory in 1966

The former defender was part of the English squad that achieved World Cup glory in 1966

The former defender was part of the English squad that achieved World Cup glory in 1966

Hunter (right) pictured with Jimmy Greaves on Downing Street after winning his medal

Hunter (right) pictured with Jimmy Greaves on Downing Street after winning his medal

Hunter (right) pictured with Jimmy Greaves on Downing Street after winning his medal

NORMAN HUNTER PLAYING CAREER

1962-1976 – Leeds United

1976-1979 – Bristol City

1979-1983 – Barnsley

1965-1974 – England (28 caps)

A club statement read: ‘Leeds United is devastated to hear that club icon Norman Hunter has died at the age of 76.

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

“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 during this very difficult time.”

Hunter played 726 games on Elland Road in 15 years. In the major games managed by Don Revie, he won the titles of the First Division in 1969 and 1974, the FA Cup and League Cup in 1972 and the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup twice.

Only three Leeds players – Jack Charlton, Billy Bremner and Paul Reaney – have played more for the club than Hunter, who, as one of the best middle halves of his time, also won 28 English caps.

None of those came to the 1966 World Cup, where he was behind Charlton and Bobby Moore, but as a team member he was awarded a medal for a winner too late in 2009.

Hunter was nicknamed 'Bites yer legs' because of his uncompromising style as a defender

Hunter was nicknamed 'Bites yer legs' because of his uncompromising style as a defender

Hunter was nicknamed ‘Bites yer legs’ because of his uncompromising style as a defender

The Leeds icon became the first PFA Player of the Year winner in 1974

The Leeds icon became the first PFA Player of the Year winner in 1974

The Leeds icon became the first PFA Player of the Year winner in 1974

Of course, Hunter’s place in football folklore goes beyond numbers and trophies.

While he has consistently been rated as the highest quality footballer by those who saw him in Leeds between 1962 and 1976 and then three years in Bristol City, who achieved the top flight, his reputation is generally tied to his uncompromising style.

He was nicknamed “Bites yer legs” after a banner carried the message in the 1972 FA Cup final and received a famous hit on the field with Derby County player Francis Lee in 1975 – after the pair were sent off!

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