George Hunt stands sixth in Tottenham’s all time goal scorers list, is second on the hat tricks chart as well as having the second best strike ratio in our history.
Our England international, George struck 138 goals for Spurs in just 198 games, was our top scorer five seasons running including the year we won promotion, and was the top all time scorer for twenty five years.
His debut came in September 1930 but it wasn’t till the following year he became a regular when he stepped in when Ted Harper was injured. He managed five goals in eight games. His style of play was very different from Harper and Spurs just missed out on promotion.
The following season he quickly adapted to the top flight and started his goal feast. In December 1933 he recorded his only four goal haul as we beat Sheffield United 4-1. Then in the March he hit three hat tricks in six games. The first against Everton, a match he recalled as his best game in later life. He then scored a hat trick away to Newcastle (3-1) and another as we beat Leeds at home 5-1. That season he hit 35 goals (32 in the league) to go with the 36 the year before, as we finished third in the table.
George was a tough player standing just 5’8” and at ten and a half stone, he became a target for defenders but that did not stop him throwing himself into the thick of the action if he thought a goal was possible. He would chase defenders, sometimes giving away fouls but accepted the same without complain. Hence the nickname.
Throughout his career he suffered from a number of injuries but was described as working hard for the full ninety minutes and produced exciting electric dashes through defences. He had a hard shot and many of his goals came from distance.
In 1933 he won three England caps and scored once against the Scots.
He had been born in 1910 and played for Chesterfield having been rejected by several other clubs. He had made just 14 appearances for them with nine goals when we signed him for £5,000 in 1930, at a time when Spurs were not known for spending money on large fees. Despite losing some of his pace due to injury over teh years he remained a firm favourite and it was a surprise when after seven years he was sold to Arsenal, becoming the first player to move directly to them since their move north of the river. He stayed there less than a year and later moved to Bolton where he became the trainer. His career record was 205 games with 151 goals
At Tottenham he hit 138 goals and was the clubs top scorer until over taken by Bobby Smith in 1960. He currently stands sixth in the all time list. His strike rate stands at 1.43 which is only just bettered by Jimmy Greaves (1.42). With 12 hat tricks he stands joint second in that chart with Smith and behind Greaves. George passed away aged 86 in 1996.
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