Allan Hunter (footballer)

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Allan Hunter
Personal information
Full name Allan Hunter
Date of birth (1946-06-30)June 30, 1946
Place of birth Sion Mills, Northern Ireland
Playing position Central defender
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1962–1966 Coleraine 97 (2)
1966–1969 Oldham Athletic 83 (1)
1969–1972 Blackburn Rovers 84 (1)
1971–1982 Ipswich Town 280 (8)
1982 Colchester United 19 (0)
National team
1969–1979 Northern Ireland 53 (1)
Teams managed
1982–1983 Colchester United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:29, 13 May 2011.

Allan Hunter (born 30 June 1946 in Sion Mills, Northern Ireland) is a former international footballer and manager.[1] Hunter began his career with Coleraine before playing for Oldham Athletic, Blackburn Rovers, Ipswich Town and Colchester United.[1] He managed Colchester United for eight months, only to return for a brief period as a coach at Layer Road.[1]

As an international, he represented his country 53 times, 47 of which while he was at Ipswich, becoming the club's most capped player in the club's history.[2]

Club career[edit]

As a central defender, Hunter played for Coleraine (alongside his brother Victor),[3] Oldham Athletic and Blackburn Rovers before making a £60,000 move to Ipswich Town, in a transfer that saw Bobby Bell heading to Blackburn.[1] Despite interest from Everton and Leeds, Hunter chose Ipswich when he met Bobby Robson – "...within five minutes I had no doubt that Ipswich was where I wanted to go."[3] Hunter spent the majority of his professional career with Ipswich, making over 350 appearances in his eleven years at the club, which included playing in the 1978 FA Cup Final in which Ipswich defeated Arsenal 1–0 at Wembley.[4]

Fellow Ipswich player Terry Butcher wrote of Hunter in his autobiography, describing an incident where Butcher had "crossed himself" before a reserve match:[5]

Hunter played in a full-strength Ipswich team against Stowmarket Town in a testimonial match in 1980. Ipswich won the match 15–0.[6] His nephew, Barry, was manager of Rushden & Diamonds.[7]

International career[edit]

Hunter made 53 appearances for Northern Ireland, making him Ipswich Town's most capped international player.[2] He also played alongside such notables as Alan Ball, Colin Bell, Bobby Charlton, Bobby Moore and Emlyn Hughes for the "New European Common Market" against the "Old ECM" in a match at Wembley celebrating the admission to the European Common Market of the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland and Denmark in 1973.[8]

Management career[edit]

In 1982, Hunter accepted the role of player-manager at Colchester United where he appointed former Ipswich coach Cyril Lea as his assistant. Hunter did not last long in the position, and following the suicide of John Lyons in November 1982, he resigned from the club, leaving Lea in charge.[9]

After retirement[edit]

Like many other ex-Ipswich players, Hunter settled in Suffolk following his retirement from the game.

In 2009, Hunter was inaugurated into to the Ipswich Town Hall of Fame, along with George Burley, Arnold Muhren and Billy Baxter.[10]

Managerial statistics[edit]

Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Won %!
Colchester United England 5 May 1982 18 January 1983 32 17 7 12 47.2


As a player[edit]

Ipswich Town

  • FA Cup winner 1978


  1. ^ a b c d Hayes, Dean. The Who's Who of Ipswich Town. Breedon Books. pp. 80–81. ISBN 1-85983-515-5. 
  2. ^ a b "Ipswich Town all time records". Soccerbase. Retrieved 16 September 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "'Bobby made a lasting impression on me' – Hunter". Coleraine Times. 19 August 2009. Retrieved 16 September 2010. 
  4. ^ "Ipswich's '78 FA Cup-winning team". BBC Sport. 1 May 2008. Retrieved 16 September 2010. 
  5. ^ Ralston, Gary (3 September 2005). "Graham Souness prayed I would be the first Catholic to join Rangers". Daily Record. Retrieved 16 September 2010. 
  6. ^ "History – Tough Times and a Change of Meadows". Stowmarket Town FC. Retrieved 16 September 2010. 
  7. ^ Roach, Stuart (16 November 2001). "Big game Hunter". BBC Sport. Retrieved 16 September 2010. 
  8. ^ "England Player Honours – International Representative Teams". England Football Online. Archived from the original on 22 September 2010. Retrieved 16 September 2010. 
  9. ^ "The U's History: The 80s". Colchester United FC. Retrieved 16 September 2010. 
  10. ^ "Next Hall of Fame Blues Announced". Ipswich Town FC. 15 April 2010. Retrieved 16 September 2010. 

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