Liverpool FC mourn the death of Roger Hunt
Liverpool FC mourn the death of former legendary player Roger Hunt.
Hunt, the club’s second-all-time top scorer with 285 goals in 492 appearances, died peacefully at home following a long illness on Monday night. He was 83 years old.
A World Cup winner with England in 1966, Hunt joined the Reds from neighboring amateur team Stockton Heath at the age of 20 in July 1958 and spent 11 and a half years at Anfield.
His total of 285 goals for the Reds was a record until Ian Rush surpassed him in 1992. However, no player has ever 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, understandably, scored the occasion with a goal.
Under the leadership of Bill Shankly, who arrived at the club a few months later, Hunt formed a formidable striking partnership with Ian St John and won the Second Division title in 1962, two Premier League titles in 1964 and 1966 and the first FA. Long-awaited cup of the club in 1965.
Hunt’s achievements have earned him an honorary title of Knight of Kop and he will forever be known as “Sir Roger” by supporters of the club he honored with such a distinction.
He also achieved legendary status on the international stage, starting the 1966 World Cup final in which England defeated West Germany at Wembley. He has scored three times in six appearances during that tournament and 18 goals in 34 total caps for his country.
The hearts of everyone at Liverpool FC are with Roger’s family and friends at this sad and difficult time.
RIP Roger Hunt 1938 – 2021