Leeds United Air Crash Memories

(Late) Norman Hunter

Life in 1998

In 1998 Norman was 54 years old

He had been married to Susanna since 1968.

The couple had two children Michael and Claire

Norman was commentating on the match in the evening and had spent the day having fun at a bowling alley with a group of corporate guests.

The last 25 years

A few months after the crash in 1998, the Football League, as part of its centenary season celebrations, included Norman on its list of 100 League Legends.

Norman continued to work for local station BBC Radio Leeds and Yorkshire Radio as a summariser at Leeds games.


In 2004 Norman released his autobiography, Biting Talk.


On 10 June 2009 Norman was presented with his World Cup Winner’s Medal by Gordon Brown at a ceremony at 10 Downing Street. In the 1966 World Cup final, only the 11 players on the pitch at the end of the 4-2 win over West Germany received medals. Following a Football Association-led campaign to persuade FIFA to award medals to all the squad members the other members of the squad received their medals too.

Norman always retained close links with Leeds United and its fans, and regularly appeared at Leeds matches and figured at club-hosted conferences and events; the eponymous “Norman Hunter Suite” is located in the West Stand at Elland Road.

Sadly Norman Hunter passed away in 2020

Soon afterwards Leeds United announced that the South Stand at Elland Road would also be renamed after him.


Norman Hunter’s close friends and family hold an annual fundraising event in aid of Leeds Hospital/Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia

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Garry Lucas the co-pilot on the flight recalled with fondness this story about Norman

I bumped into Norman in Liverpool airport, about 2 years after the incident. I felt this person out the corner of my eye weighing me up, when I looked, he looked me up and down and said, ā€ Iā€™m not getting on your bloody flight after what happened last time ā€œ. Laughing of course with his dry humour streak.

We stood and chatted for a few minutes a special memory of the brilliant Norman Hunter.