Leeds United legend Norman Hunter has passed away aged 76 after losing his battle with covid-19 this morning.
The former centre-back made his debut for the Whites as an 18-year-old in 1962, going on to make 726 appearances for the side.
Hunter won two league titles with Leeds, a League Cup and the F.A Cup and was a key member of the Three Lions’ 1966 World Cup-winning squad.
Given the Elland Road outfit’s recent struggles and fall from the upper echelons of English football, the Whites legend was eagerly looking forward to seeing them return to the top-flight, talking about it being his dream last October.
Sadly, it didn’t come true in his lifetime, but Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani has vowed it would, reacting thus to Norman’s demise on Twitter:
Dear Norman, we will make your dream, our dream, come true RIP true gentleman 💛💙 pic.twitter.com/7emYIzmiYE
— Andrea Radrizzani (@andrearadri) April 17, 2020
Marcelo Bielsa’s men are currently top of the Championship table after 37 games, leading West Bromwich Albion with a point.
Leeds haven’t played in the Premier League since relegating in 2004, but have had several close shaves with earning promotion.
Everything was going to plan this season until the coronavirus pandemic struck, and they will hope it doesn’t ruin their chances of returning to the big time.