It is with considerable sadness that I report the legendary former Leeds United footballer Norman “Bites Yer Legs” Hunter died today of CV19. I was an avid Leeds United fan from the mid-60s onwards (I was about eight at the time). Leeds United was a heartbreaking team to support. They won almost all the major trophies in the end, but usually after several failed attempts. Who could ever forget Allan “Sniffer” Clarke’s flying header off a Mick Jones cross, which won the FA cup final, 1-0 against Arsenal, in the 1971/72 season, the 100th anniversary of the competition? Not me, that’s for sure. It still leaves me misty-eyed.
Maybe 30 years ago I was in Leeds on business, and happened to mention I had supported Leeds United in my youth. The man suggested we go to a local pub for lunch, where he asked if I recognised the landlord, a middle-aged man with a huge belly. I didn’t. It was Norman Hunter.
Norman, we salute you. Nobody ever flattened other footballers quite like you. Respect.
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