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There was a time when the English ruled Europe. Between 1967 and 1973, for instance, the Uefa Cup stayed here for six years. Twice it was won by Leeds, whose 1971 defeat of Juventus may have been their finest hour.

Victory was built on the defence in which Norman Hunter's tackling became legend. "We were an ideal team for two legs in Europe," Hunter says. "Strong and well- organised at the back, but with players capable of snatching goals from nothing." The final produced six, finishing 2-2 in Turin, where the Italians led twice, and 1-1 at Elland Road. Leeds won on away goals.

Today, Hunter still stalks Elland Road, but as a local radio summariser, he barks less fiercely than he once bit. "As an ex-player I feel I have to tread softly, although I get my point across."

After 14 years at Leeds, Hunter played for Bristol City and Barnsley, where he became manager in 1980, losing the job in 1984. His last coaching position, at Bradford City, ended in 1990. "With hindsight, although I enjoyed Barnsley, I should probably have got out sooner," he said. "But you tend to think you cannot do anything outside football, which is nonsense really."

At 52, combining radio with after-dinner speaking, Hunter still derives an income from the game. However, while he was a Leeds player, he heeded the advice of his wife, Susan, and set up a small property business, which now provides financial stability. They live at Horsforth, north of Leeds, and have two children, Michael, 27, and 25-year-old Claire.

Jon Culley