Norman Hunter, English football legend died at 76 due to coronavirus infection!
English football legend, Norman Hunter was 76 years of age and had tested for coronavirus infection. And he died on 17 April 2020 in hospital where doctors admitted him for his infection.
Norman Hunter and his death
English footballer, Norman Hunter had tested positive for coronavirus infection. Therefore, on 10 April 2020, doctors treating him admitted him in hospital. Norman had a strong determination and physique in his young days. But with his age, he had a number of health issues. Hence his fans and friends were aware that something sinister might occur. Their fears came true.
The statement from his club read:
“Leeds United are devastated to learn of the passing of club legend Norman Hunter at the age of 76. 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 difficult time.”
Norman and his career
The Legend of football game, Norman was the defender for Leeds and England. He played more than 700 games in his 15-year first-team career at Elland Road. Leeds had great success in the 1960s and 1970s and Norman was an important part of it. Don Revie was the manager during those days. His personal relationship with Norman was so strong that other members of the team would jokingly call him as “Norman’s dad”.
Norman had assisted in wins of the league titles in 1969 and 1974 and the FA Cup in 1972. Additionally, in 1974 he became the first recipient of the Professional Footballers’ Association’s player of the year award.
Tributes for Norman
Tributes from all over the world started pouring in after news of Norman’s death spread. Norman’s former teammate Eddie Gray told TalkSport:
“Norman was a truly great football player. A lot of great players have walked through the gates of Elland Road and Norman was right up there with the best of them. It’s a sad day for everybody connected with the club. He was a great reader of the game, great left foot, great passer, so influential in our team.”
Gary McAllister is a former Leeds captain and manager. And he said:
“In the truest sense of the word he is a legend and he set the levels at Leeds. Howard [Wilkinson] won a league and other managers have done well but the Revie era and the team he played in were the best. Whenever you see that group together you can see how close they are.
“When you discuss players in different eras you talk about the physicality of Norman but top players adapt, he would have been a top player today.”
Peter Reid, a former Leeds manager also described him as a giant of a man. Johnny Giles stated:
“Norman was one of the best professionals I ever played with or against. A top-class individual and one of the most humble people you could ever meet. He was always grateful for what football had given him.”
The World Cup winner Sir Geoff Hurst said:
“Norman was a huge part of the England squad back in the day. He will be very sadly missed.”
Source: The Guardian