A glittering haul of medals amassed by Leeds United legend Norman Hunter is set to go under the hammer at auction.
Hunter, 69, won trophies galore with the fearsome United side that ruled English football in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
The former England international currently has most of his medals and other mementoes from that glorious era tucked away in a bank vault for safekeeping.
Now, however, the man whose tough-tackling style earned him the nickname Bites Yer Legs has decided to put them up for sale.
Lots in the online auction are scheduled to include:
* Hunter’s league championship medals from the 1968-69 and 1973-74 seasons;
* His FA Cup winner’s medal from 1972 as well as his shirt and tracksuit from that year’s final;
* The miniature replica trophies he was awarded after Leeds’s Inter-Cities Fairs Cup triumphs in 1968 and 1971;
* A number of the caps he won during his England career.
Speaking exclusively to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Hunter said: “I’m 70 next birthday and I can’t see the point in having [the medals] sitting in the loft or in the bank.
“This isn’t being done for financial reasons, I want them to be bought by people who can get some pleasure out of them.
“I’ll still have the memories – most of the good things that happened to me in football were down to Leeds United.”
Referring to United’s defeat in the 1975 European Cup final, he modestly added: “It’s not a bad little collection, really.
“The only thing that’s not in there is a European Cup winner’s medal. That would have rounded things off nicely.” The sale is being organised by the Leeds office of chartered surveyors and property consultants Sanderson Weatherall.
A date for it has yet to be set but it is hoped it will take place in March.
More details will be made available soon via: www.sandersonweatherall.co.uk
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