Roger Hunt, the revered ex Liverpool The forward and member of England’s World Cup winning team, has died at the age of 83. Hunt died at home on Monday after a long illness, prompting a series of tributes to a player who was instrumental in Liverpool’s rise from the Second Division with Bill Shankly and appeared in all six England Cup games. of the World 1966.
He won 34 international matches and scored 18 goals for his country, including three during the victorious World Cup campaign, and celebrated Geoff Hurst’s controversial goal against West Germany in the final when he fell off the bottom of the crossbar. “I thought I was over the line,” said Hunt, who, as the closest England player to ball, he was regularly asked in the intervening years why he had not converted the rebound.
Hunt is the sixth member of England’s World Cup winning team to die in the past three years, after Ray Wilson, Gordon Banks, Martin Peters, Jack Charlton and Nobby Stiles. Hurst, Sir Bobby Charlton and George Cohen are the only surviving players from Sir Alf Ramsey’s team.
The Liverpool forward was never knighted, he received an MBE in 2000, but was affectionately known by fans as “Sir Roger” for his part in transforming the club with Shankly. Hunt scored 285 goals in 492 appearances for Liverpool and was the club’s all-time top scorer until Ian Rush broke his record in 1992. He remains the second top scorer in Liverpool history, and no player has scored more goals. in the league for the club that Hunt with 244. He was Liverpool’s top scorer for eight consecutive seasons.
Liverpool were in the Second Division when Hunt signed when he was 20 years old and his 41 goals in 41 games helped him win the title in 1962. First Division titles quickly followed in 1964 and 1966, with the long-awaited club. first FA Cup win arriving in 1965. Hunt scored the first goal in a 2-1 win over Leeds with his attacking partner. Ian St John, who died in March, providing the winner.
Hunt spent 11 and a half years at Liverpool before joining Bolton Wanderers, the club he supported as a child, for £ 32,000 in 1969. He scored another 25 goals in 84 appearances for Bolton before retiring in 1972. After they broke up During his playing days, Hunt worked for Pools Panel for over 30 years and for the family’s trucking company near Warrington.
Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp led the tributes to one of the most important figures in the club’s history. “This is really sad news and our thoughts and love go out to his family,” Klopp said. “Unfortunately, it feels too prevalent at this time when we say goodbye to these giants of our club.
“Roger Hunt is not second to anyone in his importance in the history of Liverpool FC, that is clear. Being the scoring catalyst for Team Shankly to achieve promotion and then win those precious league titles and the FA Cup puts you in a group of LFC legends who are responsible for becoming the club we are today. Not only that, he also won the World Cup in 1966.
“I am told that the Kop christened him ‘Sir Roger’ for all his accomplishments. A scorer who never stopped working to help his teammates; I think he would have been a good fit for our current team. So it is Sir Roger whom we will remember, honor and pay tribute to in the days to come. You will never Walk alone.”
Mark Bullingham, Executive Director of the Football Association, said: “English football has lost another great player with the passing of Roger Hunt. On behalf of the FA, our thoughts are with his family and friends today. Two-time league champion with Liverpool, on both sides of a memorable FA Cup success in 1965, Roger will always be treasured by fans across the country as one of our 1966 World Cup champions. He will always be remembered. at Wembley Stadium and we will pay tribute to his memory before our home game with Hungary next month. “