While the English fans were still recovering from the mourning of the demise of Jimmy greaves, the news of Roger Hunt’s departure shook them furthermore.
Hunt, aged 83, passed away on Monday evening after a long illness. He was a prolific striker, who played for Liverpool where he scored a record 244 goals, in his 11-year long career. Under Billy Shankly, he won 2 league cups and 1 F.A. Cup for his club. He’s said to have set the bar in the history of Liverpool’s history for the generations of new players to come. Although Ian Rush was able to surpass him as the all-time goal scorer for the club, Hunt still has the record for most league goals for the Reds, since Rush scored more goals in other tournaments. He was also a part of the English squad that defeated West Germany in the 1966 world cup final. Hunt played six games in that tournament and scored three goals. On several occasions in his career, he had partnered up with the late Jimmy Greeves. He was won 34 caps for England.
Roger Hunt was also the first player to score a goal which was first televised on BBC match of the day. Roger Hunt was inducted into the English Hall of Fame in 2006. Even when he was never dubbed as a Knight, fans preferred to call him Sir Roger. Commenting over the same Hunt once said, “I never needed it… I was knighted by the Kop. That means more.”
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. pic.twitter.com/LlVcUepVQ1
— England (@England) September 28, 2021
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.
Rest in peace, Sir Roger Hunt 1938 – 2021.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 28, 2021
A great rival but an even greater player and person.
We extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Roger Hunt, a 1966 World Cup-winning team-mate of Sir Bobby Charlton.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 28, 2021