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Roger Hunt MBE

 

Roger Hunt MBE (born Golborne, Lancashire 20th July 1938) was a footballer whose predatory instincts made him one of the English game's most feared and respected strikers.

Hunt made his debut for Liverpool in 1959 and went on to score 285 goals for the club until his departure in 1969, when he joined Bolton Wanderers. Only Ian Rush has since surpassed that total for Liverpool, though he scored fewer League goals.

In 1964 and 1966, Hunt was the top scorer as Liverpool won the League title, and he scored the opening goal in a 2-1 win over Leeds United in 1965 at Wembley as Liverpool won the FA Cup for the first time.

At international level, Hunt won 34 caps for England, scoring 18 goals. He was the first choice striker when England hosted and won the World Cup in 1966, playing in every game of the tournament and scoring twice in the group victory over France.

Hunt was the player whom strike partner Geoff Hurst always mentions when discussing his controversial second 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 goal.

After retiring from football, Hunt formed a successful haulage company and 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.

In 2000, Hunt joined fellow 1966 heroes Alan Ball, George Cohen, Nobby Stiles and Ray Wilson in receiving the MBE, after a campaign by sections of the media surprised by the lack of recognition for their part in England's biggest day in football. Their six team mates, plus manager Alf Ramsey, had already received gongs of one form or another. "Sir" Roger Hunt, of course, had already been "knighted" by the adoring Liverpool fans who stood on the Kop, for his goalscoring exploits for club and country.