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Noel Hunt




Date of birth





Republic of Ireland

Shamrock Rovers was where it began for Hunt, joining the League of Ireland club in 2001, aged 18.

He made his debut in a League of Ireland Cup match against Shelbourne that October and scored his first goal for the club in the same competition three months later. 

He was awarded as the Shamrock Rovers Player of the Year for the 2002 season and with 14 goals to his name he engineered a move to Scottish Premier League club Dunfermline Athletic in January 2013 for a £100,000 deal.

His time with the Pars was cut short due to a repeated knee injury although he did manage to win the clubs' Young Player of the Season award in his initial season.

Hunt joined Dundee United for two years in June 2006, amassing 69 starts and scoring 28 goals – he achieved the first hat-trick of his career while at Tannadice Park, all the goals in a 3-1 win over Hamilton in the Sottish League Cup in 2007.

Hunt joined the Reading ranks in July 2008 where his brother Stephen had been playing his football for the previous three years.

Taking up the number 11 shirt he went straight to work, netting on his debut in our 2-1 Carling Cup win against Dagenham & Redbridge. His second start was also accompanied with a goal, in the same competition this time in a 5-1 pounding of Luton at Madejski Stadium.

The Irishman’s time in a hooped shirt lasted five years, in which time he notched 39 goals and was part of the clubs promotion to the Premier League ending the 2011/12 season.

First team playing opportunities became limited with the arrival of Adam le Fondre, Pavel Pogrebnyak, Nick Blackman and Jason Roberts during the Zingarevich era. Upon ending his contract Hunt was released by Reading, the 5'8'' striker moving on to join Championship side Leeds in 2013.

Linking up with former Royals boss Brian McDermott at Elland Road, Hunt’s time as a Leeds player was not only hindered by injury but by proprietor issues as well.

With the club in the midst of a change in ownership, and financial stability being uncertain, Hunt found himself out of favour and after only making 22 appearances in two years he agreed to terminate his contract and move elsewhere.

He transferred to Ipswich Town on a loan and made the deal permanent in January 2015. Again joining arms with his brother who made the move to Portman Road in 2013.