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Johan Cruijff and Allan Hunter (Rotterdam, 1976)
Personal information
Date of birth (1946-06-30) 30 June 1946 (age 77)
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)
Total 563 (12)
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.
† Appearances (Goals).

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

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 Ipswich Town's history.

Club career

As a central defender, Hunter played for Coleraine (alongside his brother Victor), Oldham Athletic and Blackburn Rovers before making a £60,000 move to Ipswich Town, in a transfer that saw Bobby Bell heading to Blackburn. 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." 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.

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

Big Allan Hunter was sitting in the stand and after the game he grabbed me and asked me if I was a Catholic. I told him I wasn't. I was an English Protestant. Why, then, he asked, did I cross myself? I told him it was for luck but he told me to remember I was a Protestant and warned me never to do it again – if I did, he would really sort me out.

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

International career

Hunter made 53 appearances for Northern Ireland, making him Ipswich Town's most capped international player. 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.

Management career

In 1982, Hunter accepted the role of player-manager at Colchester United where he appointed former Ipswich coach Cyril Lea as his assistant. .....

After retirement

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

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

Managerial statistics

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


Ipswich Town


  • Ipswich Town Player of the Year: 1975–1976
  • Ipswich Town Hall of Fame: Inducted 2009
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