Norman Hunter death: Leeds United legend dies aged 76 after contracting coronavirus, club confirms

Leeds United have announced the death of club legend Norman Hunter at the age of 76.

Hunter, who made 28 appearances for England and was part of the 1966 World Cup-winning squad, was admitted to hospital last Friday with the coronavirus.

“Leeds United are devastated to learn of the passing of club icon Norman Hunter at the age of 76,” the club said in a statement published this morning.

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“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 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.”

Hunter was part of the Leeds squad that won two First Division titles, an FA Cup, League Cup and two Fairs Cups during an illustrious career.

He made 540 appearances for Leeds and also played for Bristol City and Barnsley, managing the Tykes after he retired as well as Rotherham.

He was also part of the victorious 1966 World Cup squad, although did not play in the campaign as he could not break the partnership of Jack Charlton and Bobby Moore.

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