Roger Hunt, a member of England’s 1966 World Cup-winning squad and Liverpool’s
second-highest goalscorer has died at the age of 83. Liverpool announced that the
former striker passed away peacefully at home following a long illness on Monday
evening, Liverpool fans join Jürgen Klopp in tributes to “true gentleman” Roger
Hunt, His death leaves just three surviving members of the England team that started
the ’66 World Cup final – Bobby Charlton, Geoff Hurst and George Cohen – with six
former players having passed away since May 2018.
Hunt was overlooked for a knighthood, prompting Liverpool fans to affectionately
coin the nickname ‘Sir Roger’. Hunt received an MBE in 2000.
Hunt, who was born in Glazebury in Lancashire in 1938, scored 285 goals in 492
matches for Liverpool, with his debut coming in September 1959. On the
international scene, Hunt played 34 times for England and netted 18 goals.
He was key man under the guidance of legendary Liverpool manager Bill Shankly,
scoring 41 goals in 41 games in the side that won the second tier in 1961-62. His
partnership in attack with Ian St John, who passed away in March, is fondly
remembered in Liverpool’s glittering history.
Hunt also enjoyed the distinction of scoring the first goal ever shown on the BBC’s
Match of the Day highlights programme, a looping volley into the top corner during a
3-2 win over Arsenal on August 22, 1964.
He lived near Warrington with his wife Rowan, having previously been married to
Patricia O’Brien, with whom he had two children.