Hunt George Image 1 Tottenham Hotspur 1934

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Mexborough, Doncaster born inside or centre forward George Hunt played junior football in the Barnsley District League for Regent Street Congregationals in 1926 where he scored 146 goals including 14 hat-tricks, and from there after unsuccessful trials with three other League clubs, he signed for Third Division (North) Chesterfield in September 1929 making his Football League debut against Rochdale on New Year’s Day 1930, very quickly coming to the attention of Tottenham Hotspur after 9 goals in 14 games that season, signing for them for £1,500 in June 1930.

His Spurs debut came at Stoke City in September 1930 but he had to wait six months for another first team appearance, after which he was rarely out of the first eleven.  He scored successive hat-tricks over the new year of 1931-32 against Charlton Athletic and Wolverhampton Wanderers, the first two of 13 hat-tricks for Tottenham, which includes all four goals in a win over Sheffield United in December 1933. His 33 goals in 1932-33 propelled Spurs to promotion to First Division as Second Division runners up, which saw him called into the England team in April 1933, scoring against Scotland on his debut in a defeat at Hampden Park in April 1933 and playing twice more for England the following month in Italy and Switzerland, winning 3 England caps in total. He was also called up as a late replacement for England’s match against Italy at Highbury in November 1934, but had to withdraw through injury.

After 32 more goals for Tottenham had followed in 1933-34, his form suffered and Spurs were relegated once again in 1935. Arsenal signed him for £7,500 in October 1937 after 138 goals for Spurs in 198 games, but the move was not a success, he scored just 3 goals at Highbury in 21 games although he did play enough games to qualify for a League Championship medal, before moving to Bolton Wanderers in March 1938 for £5,000, where he scored 23 League goals the following season, his best return for five seasons.

His career was interrupted by the Second World War, but he continued to play for Bolton in wartime games and also played for Rochdale, resuming with The Trotters after the War before signing for Sheffield Wednesday in November 1946 after 27 goals in 54 peacetime games for Bolton. He stayed a year at Hillsborough scoring 9 times in 35 games for The Owls before his retirement in 1947. After retiring from playing, Hunt returned to Bolton Wanderers as coach and trainer in 1948, and was a member of the club’s backroom staff when they won the 1958 FA Cup Final.

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