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Johan Cruijff and Allan Hunter (Rotterdam, 1976)
|Date of birth||30 June 1946|
|Place of birth||Sion Mills, Northern Ireland|
|Playing position||Central defender|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Colchester United||5 May 1982||18 January 1983||32||17||7||12||47.2|
- FA Cup: 1978
- Ipswich Town Player of the Year: 1975–1976
- Ipswich Town Hall of Fame: Inducted 2009
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