Leeds great Norman Hunter dies aged 76
London: Leeds United great and England international Norman Hunter has died aged 76 after contracting coronavirus, the Championship club announced on Friday.
The famously tough-tackling defender, who was at the heart of the Leeds side during a golden era for the club under manager Don Revie, was admitted to hospital last week.
Hunter, nicknamed 'Bites yer Legs', amassed 726 appearances for Leeds over a 14-year period in the 1960s and 70s.
He won 28 caps for England and was part of the 1966 World Cup-winning squad.
Leeds said in a statement: "Leeds United are devastated to learn of the passing of club icon Norman Hunter at the age of 76.
"Norman was taken to hospital last week after being diagnosed with COVID-19 and despite continuing to battle and the best efforts of NHS (National Health Service) staff, he sadly lost his fight earlier this morning."
"He leaves a huge hole in the Leeds United family," the statement added. "His legacy will never be forgotten."
Hunter helped Leeds win two first division championships, two Inter-Cities Fairs Cups, as well as the League Cup and the FA Cup.
He was a member of Alf Ramsey's 1966 World Cup-winning squad but did not play in the tournament, as he could not break the partnership of Jack Charlton and Bobby Moore.
He eventually received a winner's medal in 2009, alongside other players who had missed out. - AFP