Liverpool FC are mourning the passing of legendary former player Roger Hunt.
Hunt, the club’s second top scorer of all time with 285 goals in 492 appearances, passed away peacefully at home after a long illness Monday night. He was 83 years old.
Winner of the World Cup with England in 1966, Hunt joined the Reds from nearby amateur team Stockton Heath as a 20-year-old in July 1958 and spent 11 and a half years of great success at Anfield.
His overall tally of 285 goals with the Reds stood as a record until Ian Rush surpassed it in 1992. Yet no player has scored more league goals for Liverpool than Hunt’s total of 244.
Hunt made his debut in a 2-0 win over Scunthorpe United at Anfield in September 1959 and naturally marked the occasion with a goal.
Under the leadership of Bill Shankly, who arrived at the club a few months later, Hunt would form a fearsome strike partnership with Ian St John and won the Second Division title in 1962, two First Division titles in 1964 and 1966 and the first FA Cup. long-awaited from the club in 1965.
Hunt’s accomplishments earned him the honorary knighthood of the Kop and he will always be known as “Sir Roger” by fans of the club to which he was awarded the distinction.
He also achieved legendary status on the international stage, beginning the 1966 World Cup final in which England beat West Germany at Wembley. He scored three times in six appearances during that tournament and 18 goals in 34 international matches overall for his country.
The thoughts of everyone at Liverpool FC are with Roger’s family and friends at this sad and difficult time.
RIP Roger Hunt 1938-2021