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2020 INDUCTEE

 

 

A legendary figure, not only at Oakwell due to his achievements with the Reds, but throughout football on both the national and international scene over a 25-year career as both a player and manager, primarily in the Yorkshire region.

 

Norman Hunter was a 15-year-old from Gateshead when he first joined West Yorkshire outfit Leeds United, back in 1958. Four years later he would make his Whites debut, the first of well over 700 appearances for the Elland Road club, where he helped them to numerous triumphs. 

 

The FA Cup, the League Cup, the Second and First Division titles. Hunter won it all domestically, then the European successes to boot. During Leeds United's most celebrated and revered era, Norman Hunter stands tall as one of the club's most iconic figures.

 

At international level, Hunter was part of the 22-man England squad that lifted the World Cup in 1966, albeit without appearing in the tournament. His centre back partner at Leeds, Jack Charlton was paired internationally with Bobby Moore, the then-England captain who went on to lift the Jules Rimet trophy at Wembley.

 

He was the PFA Player's Player of the Year in 1974 and a year later he was part of the Leeds side that lost in the European Cup final against Bayern Munich. 

 

Hunter went on to play three seasons at Bristol City before in 1979 joining the Reds. And whilst his playing appearances at Oakwell were limited, with his career winding down in his late 30's, it was in the dugout where Norman would make his mark for Barnsley FC.

 

Replacing Allan Clarke in September of 1980, Hunter would go on to lead one of the club's greatest sides to a runners-up spot in Division Three, taking the Reds back to the second tier after a two-decade absence. 

 

During the global COVID-19 pandemic of 2020, Norman Hunter passed away on the 17th of April, at the age of 76, which left the football world in mourning. 

 

A true icon and hero of Barnsley Football Club, it was fitting that Norman Hunter and Allan Clarke were inducted into the Oakwell Hall Of Fame on the same date. 

 

APPEARANCES: 31 | PLAYER AND MANAGER | PROMOTION WINNER

Norman Hunter was digitally inducted into the Oakwell Hall Of Fame in 2020