Terry Hurlock

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Terry Hurlock
Personal information
Full name Terrence Alan Hurlock
Date of birth (1958-09-22) 22 September 1958 (age 55)
Place of birth Hackney, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Central midfielder
Youth career
1974–19?? West Ham United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Leytonstone and Ilford
1980–1986 Brentford 220 (18)
1986–1987 Reading 29 (0)
1987–1990 Millwall 104 (8)
1990–1991 Rangers 29 (2)
1991–1994 Southampton 61 (0)
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).

Terrence Alan "Terry" Hurlock (born 22 September 1958) is a former professional footballer. He played in midfield. During his career he played for Brentford, Reading, Millwall, Rangers, Southampton and Fulham.

Playing career[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 dropped into lower league football with Leytonstone and Ilford and Enfield, before joining Brentford in August 1980.[1]

He is probably most famous for his combative style of play. He was booked and sent off many times in his career, and amassed a record number of disciplinary points during one season with Rangers. He was a tough, physical player who would probably not suit today's style of non-contact football; he was rated by The Times as the 23rd hardest man in football and a valuable member of midfield.[2]

During his time with Millwall he was called up to play for the England B team on three occasions in 1989, scoring one goal. Hurlock played against Switzerland, Iceland and Norway. The Iceland FA stated in their records that the game was a full international match, but The Football Association refused to upgrade the game to that level.

During his time with Brentford, Hurlock was known to the fans as "Gypo" because of the large gold earring that he wore, and Animal, due to his big curly hair and beard.

While playing for Fulham, Hurlock sustained a severe injury, breaking his leg in two places forcing him to retire from the game.

Terry Hurlock's no nonsense style of play and his total commitment on the field, earned him the nickname Warlock from the Millwall fans who to this day, regard him as one of the greatest players ever to have worn the Millwall shirt.


Jeff Kenna: "Terry Hurlock was a fierce competitor - even in five-a-side on a Friday. He didn't hold back and age didn't come into it."

Reggie Spooner: "an incredible bulk of a man, and it is truly a joy to see opponents try to circumnavigate him without the aid of Sherpa guides, whilst trying to maintain a full set of limbs."

"It was a month I look back on with good memories. I once scored from a corner and played against Terry Hurlock, which was quite interesting. I stayed away from him as much as possible"! – David Beckham recalls his loan spell at Preston.

Tony Cascarino: "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."




  1. ^ Duncan Holley & Gary Chalk (2003). In That Number - A post-war chronicle of Southampton FC. Hagiology. p. 530. ISBN 0-9534474-3-X. 
  2. ^ Murphy, Alex (7 August 2007). "Footballs 50 greatest hard men". The Times (London). Retrieved 25 May 2010. 

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