Liverpool icon and World Cup winner with England Roger Hunt has passed away at the age of 83.
Legendary Anfield striker Hunt scored 244 goals in 404 league appearances. He won two first division titles, as well as the FA Cup back from 1965.
Hunt was also among the 22 players who were called up to represent England in the 1966 World Cup. Under Sir Alf Ramsey, he lifted the trophy and scored 18 goals in 34 Three Lions matches.
Hunt was fondly known as “Sir” by Liverpool fans despite the absence of a knighthood, but did receive an MBE in alongside several team-mates in 2000 before being inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2006.
Roger and Patricia O’Brien married in 1959. They had two children. More recently, he lived near Warrington with Rowan, his second wife.
Liverpool Football Club wrote in an official statement: “Liverpool FC is mourning the passing of legendary former player Roger Hunt.
“Hunt, the club’s second-highest goalscorer of all time with 285 goals in 492 appearances, passed away peacefully at home following a long illness on Monday evening. He was 83.
“A World Cup winner with England in 1966, Hunt joined the Reds from nearby amateur team Stockton Heath as a 20-year-old in July 1958 and spent 11-and-a-half hugely successful years at Anfield.
“His total score of 285 goals was a record, until Ian Rush beat it in 1992. No player has ever scored more league goals for Liverpool than Hunt’s total of 244, however.
“Hunt made his debut in a 2-0 win over Scunthorpe United at Anfield in September 1959 – and, naturally, marked the occasion with a goal.
“Under the management of Bill Shankly, who arrived at the club a few months later, Hunt would form a fearsome strike partnership with Ian St John and went on to win the Second Division title in 1962, two First Division titles in 1964 and 1966 and the club’s long-awaited first FA Cup in 1965.
“Hunt’s achievements saw him bestowed with an honorary knighthood from the Kop and he will forever be known as ‘Sir Roger’ by supporters of the club he graced with such distinction.
“He also achieved legendary status on the international stage, starting the 1966 World Cup final in which England beat West Germany at Wembley.
“He scored three times in six appearances during that tournament and 18 goals in 34 caps overall for his country.
“The thoughts of everybody at Liverpool FC are with Roger’s family and friends at this sad and difficult time.”