By Sean O'Brien 10th April 2020, 11:45 am Updated: 10th April 2020, 12:15 pm Leeds legend Norman Hunter has been admitted to hospital after testing positive for COVID-19, the Championship club have announced.
The 76-year-old, who was also part of England’s World Cup winning squad in 1966, made more than 500 appearances for the Whites over a career spanning nearly two decades.
Hunter also played for Bristol City and Barnsley
Leeds confirmed the news via a club statement and issued a message of support to their former centre-back.
The club said: “Keep battling Norman, we are all with you.”
Hunter formed a legendary partnership with England great Jack Charlton in a Leeds side which won two First Division titles, the FA Cup, League Cup and two Inter-Cities Fairs Cups.
He didn’t make an appearance at the 1966 World Cup due to the strength of Charlton and Bobby Moore, but still received a winners’ medal in 2007.
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Despite stiff competition during his era, Hunter still went on the make 28 appearances for his country, scoring two goals.
Known for his hard tackling, the defender is fondly remembered as ‘Bites Yer Legs’ Hunter among Leeds fans, a nickname popularised by former manager Brian Clough.
After leaving the Whites in 1976, the Englishman spent three years at Bristol City before joining Barnsley, where he became player-manager in 1980.
Hunter also managed Rotherham before joining the after-dinner circuit and launching a successful career in radio.
Hunter formed a legendary partnership with Jack Charlton in defence during his time at Leeds