Roger Hunt scored 285 goals for Liverpool in a career spanning 11 years at Anfield
Liverpool are mourning the death of club legend and World Cup winner Roger Hunt, who has died at the age of 83.
Hunt, who passed away on Monday evening after a long illness, is the second-highest goalscorer in the Reds’ history having scored 285 goals in 492 appearances during a spell of more than 11 years at the club.
The forward – who was given the nickname ‘Sir Roger’ by the adoring Kop – was an integral part of the side under Bill Shankly that earned promotion back to the top flight by winning Division Two in 1962, a season during which he netted an astonishing 41 goals in 41 league appearances.
Signed from Warrington Mid-Cheshire League side Stockton Heath in July 1958, Hunt made his debut in September 1959 as a replacement for Billy Liddell and scored in a 2-0 win over Scunthorpe United at Anfield.
He went on to forge a superb strike partnership with Ian St John, with the pair helping guide Liverpool to championship triumphs in 1964 and 1966. Hunt’s record of 244 goals in 404 league appearances remains a Reds record.
And the duo were both on target when the Reds won their first FA Cup in 1965, Hunt scoring the extra-time opener before St John headed the winner.
Hunt also earned 34 caps for England, scoring 18 times, with the highlight of his international career being the 1966 World Cup during which he scored three times and played up front in the 4-2 final win over West Germany at Wembley.
A Liverpool statement said: “We are mourning the passing of legendary former player Roger Hunt.
“The thoughts of everybody at Liverpool Football Club are with Roger’s family and friends at this sad and difficult time.”