28.09.2021 Football News

Former Liverpool and England striker Roger Hunt dies aged 83

Former Liverpool and England striker Roger Hunt dies aged 83
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Former Liverpool and England striker Roger Hunt has died at the age of 83.

Known as 'Sir Roger' to Liverpool fans, Hunt was part of England's 1966 World Cup-winning side and is the club's record league scorer with 244 goals.

The forward won 34 England caps, scoring 18 international goals after making his debut in 1962 when Liverpool were in English football's second tier.

Hunt played in every game of the 1966 World Cup and scored three times to help England out of their group.

"Roger Hunt comes second to no-one in his importance in the history of Liverpool FC, that much is clear," said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

Born in Golborne, Cheshire, on 20 July 1938, Hunt signed for Liverpool in 1958 and made his 492nd and final appearance for the club in 1969, by which time fans had christened him 'Sir Roger'.

Under legendary manager Bill Shankly he helped the club out of the Second Division in 1962 by scoring 41 goals in as many games.

Liverpool then won the First Division in 1964 and 1966 either side of a first FA Cup win in 1965.

While it is his 11 years with Liverpool for which he is best known, Hunt also had a successful three seasons with Bolton Wanderers after leaving Anfield in 1969.

Klopp added: "To be the goalscoring catalyst of the Shankly team to achieve promotion then win those precious league titles and the FA Cup puts him in a bracket of LFC legends who are responsible for making us the club we are today. Not only that, he was also a World Cup winner in 1966, too.

"I am told the Kop christened him 'Sir Roger' for all his achievements. A goalscorer who never stopped working to help his teammates; I believe he would have fitted well within our current team.

"So, it is Sir Roger we will remember, honour and pay tribute to over the coming days."

Jimmy Greaves, who played alongside Hunt in the group games of the 1966 World Cup before picking up an injury, died aged 81 earlier this month.

Hunt's death comes six months after that of his long-time Liverpool strike partner Ian St John, aged 82.

A Liverpool statement said Hunt "passed away peacefully at home following a long illness", adding: "The thoughts of everybody at Liverpool Football Club are with Roger's family and friends at this sad and difficult time."

Football Association chief executive Mark Bullingham said England would pay tribute to Hunt when they face Hungary at Wembley in October.

Bullingham added that "English football has lost another great", saying Hunt "will always be treasured by fans across the country".

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