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Andy Hunt

Andy Hunt
Norwich Career: Trial (1989/90)
Current Club: Retired
Date of Birth: 09/06/1970 (Thurrock)
Nationality: English / Austrian

Biography

Striker Andy Hunt joined Charlton on a free transfer in the summer of 1998 although he was valued at almost 1 million pounds by his former club West Bromwich Albion. Whilst in the West Midlands, Andy had scored 76 goals in 212 appearances for Albion and was highly sought after by a number of clubs including QPR. Before joining West Brom, Andy was with Newcastle for whom he played 43 games scoring 11 goals. He joined the Tynesiders from non-league Kettering. Before Kettering, Andy played for King's Lynn and Ashlea as he had been brought up in Norfolk, although he was actually born in Thurrock. Whilst with Ashlea, Andy made three appearances for the Norwich City reserves (all as substitute) during the 1989/90 season.

Much media attention was paid to the hat-trick that Andy scored for Division One leaders in their 3-0 victory over Norwich on 22nd January 2000. The fact that he had an unsuccessful trial with Norwich and then returned to rub salt in the wounds was much appreciated by the press but not by the Norwich faithful.

In September 2000, Andy was linked with a 3million move to Leicester City. He was also lined up for a shock call-up to the Austrian national side with their national coach Otto Baric having sent scouts to watch Andy. Andy is eligible for the Austrian side via one of his grandparents. However Andy never got his chance to perform on the international stage as he was struck down with post viral fatigue syndrome during the autumn of 2000. Four attempts to return to match fitness failed and Andy was forced to announce his retirement on 15th May 2001.

After moving to Belize, Andy began to recover and found that he no longer endured pain whilst working out. After fitness tests, he returned to Charlton at the end of October 2003 to see if he could recover his playing career. He had a good game in his comeback on 27th October for Charlton's reserves against Southampton and was unlucky not to score. Charlton eventually opted not to gamble on Andy's recovery but another former club, Kettering, were said to be interested with Andy and Mark Stein on caretaker manager Nicky Platnauer's shopping list.

Hunt now runs the Belize Jungle Dome and Green Dragon Adventure Travel, a pair of adventure travel companies in Belize, with his wife, former MTV presenter Simone Angel. Hunt also maintains a blog which details how he became a professional footballer, and his thoughts on different football issues.


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