Roger Hunt

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Roger Hunt
MBE
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Hunt in 2006
Personal information
Full nameRoger Hunt
Date of birth (1938-07-20) 20 July 1938 (age 82)
Place of birth Glazebury, Lancashire, [1] England
Position(s) Striker
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1958–1969 Liverpool 404 (244)
1969–1972 Bolton Wanderers 76 (24)
1971Hellenic (loan) 6 (4)
Total486(314)
National team
1962–1969 England 34 (18)
Honours
Men's football
Representing Flag of England.svg  England
FIFA World Cup
Winner 1966 England
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Roger Hunt, MBE (born 20 July 1938) is an English former footballer who played as a forward. He spent eleven years at Liverpool and was the club's record goalscorer with 286 goals until that number was surpassed by Ian Rush. Hunt remains Liverpool's record league goalscorer. Under Bill Shankly, Hunt won two league titles and an FA Cup. Regarded as one of Liverpool's greatest ever players, Hunt is referred to as Sir Roger by the club's fans. He was ranked 13th on the 100 Players Who Shook the Kop, an official fan poll.

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Hunt was a member of the England team that won the 1966 World Cup. He played in all six England games in the tournament, scoring three times. Hunt was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2006.

Club career

Born in Glazebury, Lancashire, Hunt attended Leigh Grammar School between 1949 and 1954. Hunt played for Stockton Heath, Bury, Stockton for a second time, Devizes Town and Stockton again before manager Phil Taylor signed him for Liverpool on 29 July 1958. He made his debut and scored his first goal for the club on 9 September 1959 in a Second Division fixture at Anfield against Scunthorpe United; Hunt scored in the 64th minute to give the Reds a 2–0 victory. This goal was the first of many - he went on to score 286 goals for the club, 245 of them in the league, which remains a club record.

After Bill Shankly replaced Taylor, Shankly and his fellow 'Boot Room' coaching staff embarked upon a clear out of 24 players. Hunt however was retained and was a major factor in the Reds' success in the 1960s. [2] Liverpool gained promotion to the First Division in 1962, [2] after the club had finished 3rd or 4th, and thus just outside the promotion spots for five consecutive years from 1956 to 1961.

Hunt appeared in 41 of the 42 league games and scored 41 goals in season 1961–1962. His goals helped propel Liverpool to a comfortable eight point title win over runners-up Leyton Orient and included five hat-tricks, coming against Leeds United, Walsall, Swansea Town, former club Bury and Middlesbrough.

It was a similar story in 1963–64 and 1965–66 as Liverpool were English League champions. [2] Hunt again the top scorer (as he was for eight straight seasons) scoring 31 goals from 41 games and 29 goals from 37 appearances respectively.

In between the two titles, in 1965 he was instrumental in the side winning the FA Cup for the first time. Hunt scored four times in a cup run that saw West Bromwich Albion, Stockport County, Bolton Wanderers, Leicester City and Chelsea all defeated as Liverpool reached the final for the first time since 1950. In the final, after a goal-less 90 minutes, Hunt scored the opening goal in the 93rd minute and strike partner Ian St. John scored the second as the Reds recorded a 2–1 victory over Leeds United at Wembley. [2] He scored Liverpool's only goal in the final of the Cup Winners Cup the following year, as they lost 2–1 after extra time to Borussia Dortmund. [2]

On 22 August 1964, Hunt scored against Arsenal after 11 minutes in a 3–2 home win, the first ever goal seen on the BBC's flagship football highlights programme Match of the Day .

He became Liverpool's record goalscorer on 7 November 1967 in an Inter-Cities Fairs Cup tie against TSV 1860 Munich of West Germany, in which he scored his 242nd goal for the club. His final tally for the club was 286 goals by the time he left the club in 1969 to join Bolton Wanderers, a record that was not broken until Ian Rush 23 years later. [3]

International career

Hunt was capped 34 times for his country, with his debut given to him by Walter Winterbottom whilst he was still a Second Division player on 4 April 1962, in a friendly against Austria at Wembley. He scored on his international debut as England won 3–1. He was part of the England squad at the 1962 World Cup in Chile, but was not selected to play.[ citation needed ]

England had been chosen to host the 1966 FIFA World Cup and Hunt, along with Liverpool club mates Ian Callaghan and Gerry Byrne were selected by manager Alf Ramsey for the 22-man squad.[ citation needed ]

Hunt was one of three forwards selected for the tournament. He initially partnered Tottenham Hotspur striker Jimmy Greaves up front, but following a leg injury to Greaves he played alongside Geoff Hurst of West Ham United.[ citation needed ]

Hunt played in all six games, scoring three times, as England went on to win the Jules Rimet trophy after a 4–2 extra time win over West Germany in the World Cup Final at Wembley.[ citation needed ]

Roger Hunt is the player strike partner Hurst always mentions when discussing his controversial winning goal in the final when the ball hit the crossbar and bounced down - Hurst always says that Hunt, the closest player to the ball, would have followed up to score himself if he'd been in any doubt, but he turned away in celebration of a certain goal.[ citation needed ]

Back in the domestic game, the Liverpool team of the 1960s was beginning to age and manager Shankly wasted no time in replacing them, and this included Hunt, who after 492 appearances and 245 goals was allowed to leave on 16 December 1969 to join Bolton Wanderers, with whom he played 76 games and scored 24 goals.[ citation needed ]

Only Ian Rush has since surpassed his goalscoring total for Liverpool, though Rush scored fewer League goals than Hunt, who still holds that particular Liverpool Football Club record.[ citation needed ]

After retiring from football in 1972, Hunt joined his family's haulage company and in 1975 became a sitting member of the Pools Panel, who predict the results of games affected due to adverse weather in order for pools participants to be still able to win the prizes available.[ citation needed ]

In 2000, Hunt joined fellow 1966 heroes Alan Ball, George Cohen, Nobby Stiles and Ray Wilson in receiving the MBE, after a campaign by journalists who had been surprised by the lack of recognition for the players' part in England's biggest day in football. Their other six teammates, plus manager Alf Ramsey, had already received honours of one form or another.[ citation needed ]

Roger 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.[ citation needed ]

He continues amongst the Liverpool supporters to be known as "Sir" Roger Hunt, despite the absence of a formal knighthood.[ citation needed ]

Personal life

Hunt was married to Patricia. [4] He now lives with his second wife Rowan in Warrington. [5]

Career statistics

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition [6] [7]
ClubSeasonLeague FA Cup League Cup Europe OtherTotal
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Liverpool 1959–60 Second Division 362122003823
1960–61 321511333619
1961–62 414151004642
1962–63 First Division 422462004826
1963–64 413152004633
1964–65 40258500971 [lower-alpha 1] 05837
1965–66 37291100721 [lower-alpha 1] 04632 [7]
1966–67 39143100531 [lower-alpha 1] 14819
1967–68 40259220635730
1968–69 38134132214717
1969–70 186002021227
Total3282214418105311731416261
Bolton Wanderers 1969–70 Second Division1750000175
1970–71 2480000248
1971–72 Third Division 351100003511
Total7624000000007624
Career total4042454418105311731492285
  1. 1 2 3 Appearance in FA Charity Shield

Honours

Liverpool [6]

England [8]

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