Norman Corner.

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NORMAN James Corner, the former Bradford and Hull City footballer who made a dream debut in the Football League in 1964, has died aged 68.

When he made his first appearance for Hull City’s first team against Brentford as a centre-forward in April 1964 he scored twice in their 3-1 win.

He had a run of five games at centre-forward in 1964-65, scoring twice in his three League games and two League Cup matches but despite this prolific form, it was his only taste of first team action during his time with the Tigers.

During his career between 1969 and 1972 he made 120 appearances, five of them as a substitute, and scored 23 goals. He began his career in his native County Durham before joining Wolverhampton Wanderers then Hull City, Lincoln City, Bradford City and Bradford Park Avenue before returning to the North-East.

The versatile player was born in Horden, a pit village near Hartlepool. He was educated at Horden Roman Catholic School where he played centre-half and wing-half for the school team and also for East Durham Boys.

When he left school, he worked in the local mine and played for Horden Colliery Welfare.

After a brief spell with Wolverhampton Wanderers’ junior teams he returned to the Horden team until he signed for Hull City in August 1962 under Cliff Britton where he played in every position, except in goal, for the reserves.

After five-and-a half years, he was transferred to Lincoln City for an estimated fee of £4,000.

Eighteen months later, he moved to Bradford City for a similar fee, and in March 1972 he joined Northern Premier League club Bradford Park Avenue on a free transfer. There he decided to take up coaching.

He returned to Horden in 1973, where he joined South Shields FC. After one season he went into management at Wearside League club Wingate, guiding them to the runners-up position in the League and cup success.

Corner, who latterly lived in Peterlee, is survived by his wife Jean, daughter Susan, son Steven and three grandchildren.