Norman Hunter – Leeds, Bristol City and England Football Legend and After-Dinner Speaker.
Norman Hunter was born October 24, 1943 in Tyne and Wear. Initially an inside forward, Hunter was moulded by Leeds into a solid and tough central defender who made the No.6 shirt his own in 14 much-decorated, controversial and eventful years with the club he joined at the age of 15.
Norman Hunter made his debut for the England team in 1965, winning 28 caps in total. He was in the squad which won the 1966 World Cup.
Norman had acquired a reputation as a dirty player, apparently happy to use methods not within the laws of the game to curtail the effect of opposition striker. As such, he was often referred to by supporters, journalists and commentators as Norman “Bite Yer Legs” Hunter, a nickname which stuck and was always meant to be affectionate, despite its comedically violent undercurrent.
Despite his reputation, Norman Hunter was a far more skilled and cultured footballer than most gave him credit for. His fellow professionals made him their Player of the Year in 1974.
After 15 years, with 540 league appearances, Hunter left Leeds in 1976 and joined Bristol City.
He played at Bristol for two years before returning to Yorkshire as a player for, and then manager of Barnsley. He subsequently assisted his former Leeds team-mate Johnny Giles at West Bromwich Albion and then managed Rotherham United.
Norman Hunter released his autobiography, Biting Talk, in 2004.