Leeds United: ‘Bites Yer Legs’ Hunter to be inducted into Hall of Fame

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Legendary Leeds United defender Norman Hunter will be inducted into the National Football Museum’s Hall of Fame today.

The 71-year-old is being honoured for a glittering career which saw him play 726 times for Leeds and win numerous medals during the club’s most successful era.

Hunter – nicknamed ‘Bites Yer Legs’ on account of his aggressive style – will join former United players Jack Charlton, Billy Bremner, Eddie Gray and Johnny Giles in the prestigious Hall of Fame.

Don Revie, who managed that group of players in the 1960s and 1970s, was inducted in 2004.

Alongside Hunter, this year’s list of inductees includes former Manchester United full-back Gary Neville and ex-England defender Stuart Pearce. Paul McGrath and Alan Mullery will also be acknowledged at a special ceremony.

Gateshead-born Hunter joined Leeds in 1962 at the age of 15 and spent 14 years with the club before moving to Bristol City in 1976. He is fifth in the list of all-time appearance makes at Elland Road behind Charlton, Bremner, Paul Reaney and Paul Madeley.

He finished his playing career at Barnsley and managed the South Yorkshire club before beginning a two-year spell in charge of Rotherham United.

He reigned briefly as caretaker boss at Leeds following Bremner’s sacking in 1988.

As a player, Hunter featured in England’s World Cup winning squad in 1966 without playing in any of their matches. Initially denied a winners’ medal, he was finally awarded one by FIFA in 2009 after a lengthy campaign.

Speaking in 2012, Hunter told the YEP: “In terms of what I achieved, I can’t complain. Some have said I could have won more England caps but for me I was fortunate and unfortunate to be around at the same time as Bobby Moore.

“I was fortunate to sit and watch him as the better the opposition, the better he played. But 28 caps – I’m quite happy with that.”