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Liverpool legend and England World Cup winner Roger Hunt dies aged 83

Hunt still remains the second-highest goalscorer in Liverpool history

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Roger Hunt during his Liverpool days

Roger Hunt during his Liverpool days

Liverpool FC on Tuesday announced the passing of legendary striker Roger Hunt. Hunt was a key figure of the Bill Shankly era, a time that saw Liverpool become a major force in English football. He won two league titles and a FA cup during his eleven years with the Merseyside club. His 244 goals in 404 appearances for the Reds still remains a club record. 

 

Although Hunt was awarded an MBE in 2000, he has famously been referred to as ‘Sir Roger’ by fans of Liverpool. 

 

“To be the goalscoring catalyst of the Shankly team to actually achieve promotion and then go on to 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.” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp paid tribute.

Roger Hunt was also a part of Sir Alf Ramsey’s World Cup-winning England squad of 1966. He played in all of England’s six games, scoring three goals. He initially partnered Jimmy Greaves(who also passed away recently) up front, but following an injury to the Tottenham Hotspur striker, he found himself paired alongside Geoff Hurst. Hunt retired from football in 1972.

 

"English football has lost another great with the passing of Roger Hunt, on behalf of the FA, our thoughts are with his family and friends today. Twice a league champion with Liverpool, either side of a memorable FA Cup success in 1965, Roger will always be treasured by fans across the country as one of our World Cup winners of 1966.” FA CEO Mark Bullingham said.

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