EDDIE HUNTER

A one club man if ever there was one, Eddie Hunter signed for Queen's Park on 15/08/1962, although it was three seasons later before he made his playing debut for the first team at the end of the 1964/65 season. Eddie played in just over half of the games the following season before establishing himself in the team from 1966/67 onwards.

Known mainly as a defender, Eddie did have spells up front for Queen's where he was no slouch, his highlight of being a front man coming with a hat-trick against Albion Rovers in February 1968.

Following 254 appearance for the first team (with 28 goals thrown in for good measure), a knee injury forced him to hang up his boots at the end of 1973/74 season, whereupon he became involved with coaching the youth and reserve teams at Hampden, before being appointed as a caretaker head coach at the tail end of the 1978/79 season following the departure of Joe Gilroy.

Appointed to the Head Coach post permanently at the start of the 1979/80 season, soon built a team that took Queen's to the Second Division championship in 1980/81, and the following season saw the team comfortably retain their place in the First Division.  

The loss of players such as John McGregor to Liverpool proved too much of a loss to the team, and relegation ensued in 1982/83 back to the Second Division. However, he rebuilt his side, and in the 1985/86 season put together a team that was delight a watch, with the likes of Mark Smith and Iain McCall causing havoc on the wings.

1987/88 saw another great run from Queen's, however again they were up against two teams who were in great form all season, St Johnstone and Ayr, and despite equalling the club record of eleven league wins away from home, Queen's had to settle for third place.

Another push for promotion in 1990/91 saw Queen's hold second spot for almost the entire season, until a second half collapse at Stenhousemuir with three games to go, followed by a home defeat to Montrose the following week, saw hopes of returning to the First Division disappear.

As the pool of amateur players grew smaller, Eddie struggled to replace the likes of Jimmy Boyle, Mick Hendry and John O'Neill, and the team struggled to make any impact for the next three seasons.

A poor start to the 1994/95 season saw the committee decide to part company with Eddie, and on the 10th December 1994 his 32 year association with the club was ended.   

Eddie returned to the Hampden turf for the re-opening game following the stadium's redevelopment, famously putting an end to Rod Stewart's night in a typical crunching challenge.  

Eddie did not coach any other side after his time at Hampden, and is still regularly seen at home games. 

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