George Hunt: An unsung hero of the lane

George Hunt: An unsung hero of the lane

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Facts:
– Born in Mexborough, Yorkshire in 1910.
– Hunt is Tottenham’s sixth all time top scorer with 136 goals in 198 games for the Lillywhites.
– Hunt became the first ever player to move from Spurs to Arsenal in 1937.
– Hunt scored three hat-tricks for Spurs in six games, in March of 1934.
– Hunt ran a car wash department in Bolton after he retired from the game.

If I were to ask 100 Spurs fans who our sixth all time top scorer is, very few would say George Hunt, in fact a fair few of those Spurs fans would probably have never heard of the Tottenham goal machine. George Samuel Hunt was born on the 22nd of February 1910 in Mexborough just outside the city of Rotherham in Yorkshire. The five foot eight inch striker started out at Chesterfield in the 1929-30 season, and the Yorkshireman finished the season at Saltergate with an impressive total of nine goals from 14 appearances. Hunt was given the nickname ‘the Chesterfield tough’ by the fans because of his powerful and pacy displays on the pitch however, in the summer of 1930 Arsenal and Spurs battled it out for the acquisition of the promising young striker. Although it was the Lillywhites that Hunt chose and over the preceding seven seasons, Hunt accumulated a remarkable tally of 138 goals from 198 games for the north London club. Furthermore, Hunt’s prolificness helped Spurs get promoted back into the old first division. The Yorkshireman’s style of play is in fact similar to that of the late Bobby Smith and also our current Spurs star Harry Kane, in the sense that Hunt shared both the centre forwards high energy rates and strong physical build in which made him so potent and hard to shrug off the ball.

Hunt adjusted slowly to life at the lane however he was still scoring the goals although he ultimately couldn’t regain his prolificness in his debut season in which Spurs failed to win promotion. However, in the following seasons at Spurs Hunt Sparkled hitting the back of the net nearly every weekend. The pace in which the centre forward possessed became such a problem for opposition defenders that it resulted in him getting bashed about as they tried all they could do to halt him from scoring. George Hunt was formidable during his time at Tottenham in many ways he was their hero, although he is not as well remembered as someone like Bobby Smith or Jimmy Greaves. I personally believe that is down to the fact that Spurs had yet to endure club glory at that stage in the league. After seven incredible seasons Hunt controversially left Spurs to join Arsenal in October of 1937, and in doing so became the first ever player to go from Spurs to Arsenal. However Hunt’s time at Highbury was far from successful with the forward only managing 3 goals from 21 games. Nonetheless the Gunners won the league that season and Hunt got the winners medal that he deserved.

The Spurs great played for Bolton before ending his career at Sheffield Wednesday in the late 1940’s, he then went on to coach the famous Bolton side of 1958 the year in which they won the FA Cup. Hunt stayed at the Lancashire club for a decade before retiring in 1968, he went on to run a car wash department in Bolton. George Hunt passed away in 1996 after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, he was one of he finest strikers of his generation and arguably one of the greatest Spurs players to ever grace the White Hart lane pitch. He created a fantastic impact and legacy at Spurs as he restored our pride at the club through a tough patch in their history, Hunt should be fondly remembered from all at Tottenham Hotspur, he was without doubt a Tottenham Hotspur legend.

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