On Friday, Championship club said that the former Leeds United and England defender Norman Hunter has died at the age of 76, after coming in contact with the Novel Coronavirus disease.
The club stated, “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. “
He was one of the most accomplished centre-halves of his generation during a 16-year spell at Leeds and won two Division One titles, the FA Cup, the League Cup, two UEFA Cups and the European Cup Winners’ Cup as well as earning a European Cup runners-up medal with one of the great English club sides.
He made is first class debut for Swansea at the age of 19 in 1962 and four years later was on the bench at Wembley as understudy to Charlton and Bobby Moore when England won the World Cup.
In 15 years, he made 726 appearances for Leeds at Yorkshire club. He has earned his nickname ‘Bites Yer Legs’ for his tough tackling.
At the time of England’s 1966 World Cup Win, he was also the part of the team. He was the first winner of the PFA Players’ Player of the Year award in 1974.
“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,” Leeds said.