Terry Hurlock

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Terry Hurlock
Personal information
Full name Terence Alan Hurlock[1]
Date of birth (1958-09-22) 22 September 1958 (age 56)
Place of birth Hackney, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Central midfielder
Youth career
1974–1979 West Ham United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1986 Brentford 220 (18)
1986–1987 Reading 29 (0)
1987–1990 Millwall 104 (8)
1990–1991 Rangers 29 (2)
1991–1994 Southampton 59 (2)
1994 Millwall 13 (0)
1994–1995 Fulham 27 (1)
National team
1989 England B 3 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only. † Appearances (Goals).

Terence Alan "Terry" Hurlock (born 22 September 1958) is an English former professional football central midfielder.[1] Over the course of a 15-year career in the Football League, he had notable spells with Brentford and Millwall and won England B international caps while with the latter club. In a Football League 125th anniversary poll, Hurlock was rated the fifth greatest-ever Brentford player and the club's fifth-greatest captain.[2] A physical player,[3][4][5] Hurlock received seven red cards during his career and in 2007 was rated by The Times as the 23rd hardest player in football.[6][7]

Playing career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Hurlock was born in Hackney and started his football career as an associate schoolboy with West Ham United, becoming an apprentice in April 1975. He failed to progress at West Ham and was released at age 18.[8] Hurlock dropped into non-league football and played for Isthmian League sides Enfield and Leytonstone/Ilford.[9]


After some attention from Bournemouth manager David Webb,[8] Hurlock joined Division Three side Brentford in August 1980 for a £10000 fee. Linking up with former Enfield teammate David Crown at Griffin Park, Hurlock immediately established himself in the midfield alongside Chris Kamara and Stan Bowles, making 42 league appearances and scoring four goals during the 1980/81 season. He flourished under Fred Callaghan's management and averaged over 44 league appearances a season, even after Callaghan was replaced by Frank McLintock.[1] A hard player, Hurlock's long curly hair, earring and beard led the Brentford supporters to nickname him 'Gypo'.[10] Callaghan managed to convince Hurlock to smarten his appearance, as Callaghan believed his rough appearance was influencing referees to book him.[1] He captained the Bees to the 1985 Football League Trophy Final, losing 3-1 to Wigan Athletic. Hurlock departed the Bees in February 1986, having made 265 appearances and scored 24 goals.[1] Looking back in 2002 on his time with the Bees, Hurlock said "I loved my time at the club and living in the town".[8]


Hurlock signed for high-flying Division Three side Reading in February 1986 in a £92000 deal.[1] He made 16 appearances during the remainder of the 1985/86 season and helped the Royals to the Division Three title and to Division Two football for the first time in 55 years.[11][12] Hurlock's performances saw him named the Division Three PFA Team of the Year. He made 19 appearances in Division Two before departing Elm Park on 12 February 1987.[13] Hurlock made 35 appearances and scored no goals during his year with Reading.[14] In 2002, Hurlock revealed that he failed to see eye-to-eye with manager Ian Porterfield, as he refused to relocate to Reading from his Brentford home.[8]


Hurlock joined Division Two side Millwall for a £95000 fee on 12 February 1987,[15] reuniting with former Brentford assistant manager John Docherty, then-manager of the Lions.[8] He made 13 appearances and scored one goal in what remained of the 1986/87 season, before making 33 appearances in the following campaign, helping the Lions to the Division Two championship and to top-flight football for the first time in the club's history.[16] Nicknamed 'Terry Warlock' by the Millwall supporters,[17] Hurlock showed impressive form during the 1988/89 season, making 40 appearances, scoring three goals and winning the club's Player of the Year award.[15] He made a further 37 appearances during the 1989/90 season,[15] a disastrous campaign in which Millwall were relegated back to Division Two with a bottom-place finish in Division One. Hurlock departed Millwall on 23 August 1990, having made 123 appearances and scored 10 goals during three-and-a-half years at The Den.[15]


Hurlock moved to Scotland to sign for Scottish League Premier Division side Rangers on 23 August 1990 for a £375000 fee.[15] In one season at Ibrox, Hurlock made 35 appearances, scored two goals and won Premier Division and League Cup medals.[18]


Hurlock returned to England to sign for Division One club Southampton in 9 September 1991 for a £400000 fee.[19] He made 36 appearances and scored two goals during the 1991/92 season and was part of the team which reached the 1992 Full Members Cup Final, losing 3-2 to Nottingham Forest after extra time.[20] Hurlock made 33 appearances during the inaugural season of the new Premier League,[20] before falling out of favour the following year departing in February 1994.[15] He made 71 appearances and scored two goals in two-and-a-half years at The Dell.[20]

Return to Millwall[edit]

Hurlock dropped down to Division One to rejoin high-flying Millwall on 25 February 1994 on a free transfer.[15] He had an ignominious return to action with the Lions, lasting just nine minutes after being the first of three players sent off in a tempestuous 0-0 draw with Leicester City on 6 March.[21][22] Hurlock made 15 appearances during what remained of the 1993/94 season, helping the club to a third-place finish and a spot in the playoffs, but his season ended on a sour note after a 5-1 defeat on aggregate to Derby County in the semi-finals.[15] Hurlock departed the club after the season and finished his Millwall career having made 138 appearances and scored 10 goals across his two spells.[15] He is regarded with legend status amongst the Lions supporters.[22]


Hurlock signed for Division Three side Fulham prior to the beginning of the 1994/95 season.[15] He made 37 appearances and scored one goal during the season, in which the Cottagers narrowly missed out on a place in the playoffs. Ahead of the 1995/96 season, Hurlock sustained a double leg break at the hands of Brentford defender Martin Grainger in a pre-season friendly between the two sides.[8] The injury forced him to retire from football at the age of 36.[23] During his one season with Fulham, Hurlock set an unwanted record of 61 disciplinary points.[1]

International career[edit]

Hurlock's performances for Millwall in Division One during the 1988/89 season saw him called into the England B squad for three friendlies in May 1989.[1][24] He scored on his second appearance, opening the scoring in a 2-0 win over Iceland.[24]


"I stayed away from him as much as possible!" – David Beckham recalls a match against Fulham during his loan spell at Preston North End[25]

"Some of us [Millwall players] were playfully goading Terry about what he was going to do to Vinnie Jones in the upcoming fixture with Wimbledon. Without saying a word, he got up from the table and walked to the entrance of the pub and ripped the door off its hinges" – Millwall teammate Tony Cascarino[25]

"Absolute hero. He was a very, very hard player, but a very, very intelligent player" – Millwall supporter Bob Crow[5]

"Intimidating? He just had to growl at the opposition and they’d be scared, but he was also a decent player" – Millwall teammate Teddy Sheringham[26]

Q: "What's your favourite animal?" A: "Terry Hurlock" – Millwall teammate Neil Ruddock[27]

"Hurlock was like Michael Bolton crossed with a pit-bull and was brought in to add some bite to the Saints midfield" – Chris Rann, Metro[28]

Personal life[edit]

During his time with Brentford, Hurlock was convinced by chairman Martin Lange to buy a house next to the club's Griffin Park ground.[1] Hurlock was friends with Millwall supporter Bob Crow and worked for the RMT in 2012.[5][29]


As a player[edit]





As an individual[edit]


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