Liverpool legend and England World Cup winner Roger Hunt dies…


Liverpool has announced the passing of Steven Gerrard, the club’s second-highest goalscorer with 285 goals in 492 appearances, who died peacefully at home on Monday evening after a protracted illness. He was 83 years old when he died.

Hunt was also a member of England’s 1966 World Cup-winning squad. Hunt scored three goals in all six games as England won the Jules Rimet trophy following a 4–2 extra-time victory over West Germany in the World Cup Final at Wembley.

He was the player closest to the ball when Geoff Hurst memorably, and controversially, scored via the underside of the bar in the final against West Germany. Hunt stated, “I thought it was over the line.”

‘We are grieving the departure of famous former player Roger Hunt,’ the club wrote in a statement released on their official Twitter account.

‘Everyone at Liverpool Football Club is thinking about Roger and his family at this sad and trying moment. Sir Roger Hunt, 1938–2021, may you rest in peace.’

Hunt won the Premier League in 1964 and 1966, as well as the FA Cup in the season in between, with Liverpool, for whom he played from 1958 to 1969, under Bill Shankly. He made 492 appearances for the club, scoring 285 goals, before moving on to Bolton, where he made 76 appearances.

Hunt joined Liverpool in the Second Division, and his 41 goals in 41 games helped them win the title in 1962. He was the club’s leading goal scorer for eight seasons in a row, had a highly successful combination with Ian St John, and remained the club’s leading scorer until Ian Rush broke his record.

Hunt was capped 34 times for his country, with his debut coming in a friendly against Austria at Wembley on April 4, 1962, while he was still a Second Division player. On his international debut, he scored in a 3–1 victory for England. He was a member of England’s squad for the 1962 World Cup in Chile, although he did not play.

Hunt joined his family’s haulage company after retiring from football in 1972, and in 1975, he became a member of the Pools Panel, forecasting the results of games disrupted by bad weather so that pool members might still win the rewards.

After a campaign by journalists who were surprised by the lack of recognition for the players’ role in England’s biggest day in football, Hunt received the MBE in 2000, together with other 1966 heroes Alan Ball, George Cohen, Nobby Stiles, and Ray Wilson. Six of their colleagues, as well as manager Alf Ramsey, had already been knighted or appointed to the Order of the British Empire.

In 2006, Roger Hunt was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame for his contributions to the English game. In the 100 Players Who Shook The Kop poll, he was voted No. 13 by Liverpool fans on the official Liverpool Football Club website in 2006.

Hunt’s death means that only three members of the 1966 team are still alive. Bobby Charlton, Sir Geoff Hurst, and George Cohen are the players in question.

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