Norman Hunter reflects on his time at Leeds United

Elland Road East Stand

The former Leeds United player explains how fortunate he was to feature for the club.

Former Leeds United player Norman Hunter has been speaking to BBC Radio Leeds about his time at Elland Road after he was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Hunter played 540 matches for Leeds from 1962 to 1976, developing a reputation as a no-nonsense centre-back with a tackle to terrify the bravest of opponents.

Hunter later went on to play for Bristol City and Barnsley before returning to Leeds as caretaker manager in 1988 and he has finally – and understandably – been rewarded for his time at the club in various capacities with a place among other footballing greats.

“I’ve been very fortunate,” Hunter told BBC Radio Leeds this week. “I always wanted to play football and then Don Revie signed me at Leeds United.”

He then went on to explain that he reflected on the defeats far more than the victories, but his time at the club is clearly forever in his heart.

“What I do remember vividly and I miss it now is getting up in the morning and knowing I was going down there to train,” Hunter added.

“I couldn’t wait to go down there and to be successful on top of that, that was everything.”

Leeds’ current players have a lot to do before they can become legends in their own right, but manager Uwe Rosler has some exciting young talent at his disposal and in time they could do what Hunter did and help their side back to the pinnacle of the game.

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