By Obiajulu Chiagoziem
It’s now confirmed that one time England World Cup winner and former Liverpool’s record league goalscorer, Roger Hunt has died at the age of 83, the Premier League club announced on Tuesday.
Hunt played an important role in the England’s
1966 World Cup final against West Germany at Wembley, which England won 4-2.
“We are mourning the passing of legendary former player Roger Hunt,” the club said in a statement posted on their official Twitter account.
“The thoughts of everybody at Liverpool Football Club are with Roger’s family and friends at this sad and difficult time. Rest in peace, Sir Roger Hunt 1938 – 2021.”
The deceased joined Liverpool team then when they were in tier two league as a 20-year-old in 1958 and played his last game for the club in 1969, he scored an overall Liverpool record of 285 goals which was broken by Ian Rush in 1992, although no-one has scored more league goals for the club.
Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool’s boss said: “It’s really sad news and our thoughts and our love go to his family.
“Unfortunately, it feels too frequent in this moment we are saying farewell to these giants of our club.
“Roger Hunt comes second to no one in his importance in the history of Liverpool FC, that much is clear.”
England’s national team also recognized the integral role the deceased played in their 1966 world cup winning.
“We’re extremely saddened to learn that Roger Hunt, who was a key member of our @FIFAWorldCup-winning side in 1966, has passed away at the age of 83. Our deepest condolences go to Roger’s family, friends and former clubs.”the Official statement from England’s national team stated.
Football Association, led by chief executive Mark Bullingham also send in the association condolences saying that England had “lost another great”.
“On behalf of the FA, our thoughts are with his family and friends today,” he said. “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.”the official statement from FA stated.
Before his demise, after retiring as a player Hunt joined his brother Peter in taking over as the third generation of the family haulage business of Hunt Brothers, which was established by Richard and Harry Hunt in 1929.
In 2000 he was awarded an MBE for his World Cup victory.He continued amongst the Liverpool supporters to be known as “Sir” Roger Hunt, despite the absence of a formal knighthood.
Hunt was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2006, recognising his achievements in the English game.He was voted at No.13 by Liverpool fans on the official Liverpool Football Club web site (www.liverpoolfc.tv) in the 100 Players Who Shook The Kop poll, also in 2006.
He was married in 1959 to Patricia O’Brien and they had two children. He lived with his second wife Rowan (Green), near Warrington.