Leeds United 'devastated' over death of club legend Norman Hunter after coronavirus battle

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Leeds United legend Norman Hunter dies aged 76

Leeds United have said the club are 'devastated' to learn of the death of legendary player Norman Hunter at the age of 76.

Hunter - who enjoyed a 14-year spell with the Elland Road club under Don Revie's stewardship from 1962-76 - was admitted to hospital last week having tested positive for coronavirus.

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After a week-long battle, the former Whites defender sadly lost his fight on Friday morning.

A statement read: "Leeds United are devastated to learn 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 the best efforts of NHS staff, he sadly lost his fight earlier this morning.

"Norman remained part of the furniture at Elland Road throughout the years, being a regular speaker in the suite named in his honour, and was in attendance as recently as last month’s victory over Huddersfield Town.

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"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 United legend Norman Hunter. (JPIMedia)Leeds United legend Norman Hunter. (JPIMedia)
Leeds United legend Norman Hunter. (JPIMedia) | jpimedia

Hunter joined United in 1962 and went on to make 726 appearances for the club, becoming one of the most revered defenders in world football whilst earning the nickname 'Bite Yer Legs'.

He helped Leeds turn from Second Division strugglers to European Cup challengers under Revie's guidance.

The Whites claimed two First Division titles, two Inter-Cities Fairs Cup trophies along with a League Cup, Charity Shield and FA Cup triumph during his stay in West Yorkshire.

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Hunter also made 28 caps for England and was part of the 1966 World Cup winning squad.

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