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Terry Hurlock (born 22 September 1958) is a former professional footballer. He played in midfield. During his career he played for Brentford, Reading, Millwall, Rangers, Southampton and Fulham.

Playing career

Terry Hurlock was born in Hackneymarker and started his football career as an associate schoolboy with West Ham United, becoming an apprentice in April 1975. He failed to progress at West Ham and dropped into lower league football with Leytonstone and Ilford and Enfield, before joining Brentford in August 1980.

He is probably most famous for his combative style of play. He was booked and sent off many times in his career, and amassed a record number of disciplinary points during one season with Rangers. He was a tough, physical player who would probably not suit today's style of non-contact football; he was rated by The Times as the 23rd hardest man in football and a valuable member of midfield.

During his time with Millwall he was called up to play for the England B team on three occasions in 1989, scoring one goal. Hurlock played against Switzerland, Iceland and Norway. The Iceland FA stated in their records that the game was a full international match, but The Football Association refused to upgrade the game to that level.

During his time with Brentford, Hurlock was known to the fans as "Gypo" because of the large gold earring that he wore, and Animal, due to his big curly hair and beard.

While playing for Fulham, Hurlock sustained a severe injury, breaking his leg in two places forcing him to retire from the game.

Terry Hurlock's no nonsense style of play and his total commitment on the field, earned him the nickname Warlock from the Millwall fans who to this day, regard him as one of the greatest players ever to have worn the Millwall shirt.

Quotes

Jeff Kenna: "Terry Hurlock was a fierce competitor - even in five-a-side on a Friday. He didn't hold back and age didn't come into it."

Reggie Spooner: "an incredible bulk of a man, and it is truly a joy to see opponents try to circumnavigate him without the aid of Sherpa guides, whilst trying to maintain a full set of limbs."

"It was a month I look back on with good memories. I once scored from a corner and played against Terry Hurlock, which was quite interesting. I stayed away from him as much as possible"! – David Beckham recalls his loan spell at Preston.

Tony Cascarino: "Some of us [Millwall players] were playfully goading Terry about what he was going to do to Vinnie Jones in the upcoming fixture with Wimbledon. Without saying a word, he got up from the table and walked to the entrance of the pub and ripped the door off its hinges."

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