Roger Hunt Biography – Roger Hunt Wiki
Roger Hunt was an English professional footballer. He played for Croft Youth Club, Stockton Heath, and Devizes Town during his formative years. A World Cup winner with England in 1966, Hunt joined the Reds from nearby amateur team Stockton Heath as a 20-year-old in July 1958 and spent 11-and-a-half hugely successful years at Anfield.
Hunt scored 285 goals in 492 appearances for Liverpool and was the club’s all-time leading goalscorer until Ian Rush broke his record in 1992. He remains the second-highest goalscorer in Liverpool’s history, and no player has scored more league goals for the club than Hunt with 244. He was Liverpool’s leading goalscorer for eight consecutive seasons.
Liverpool were in the Second Division when Hunt signed as a 20-year-old and his 41 goals in 41 games helped them win the title in 1962. First Division titles swiftly followed in 1964 and 1966, with the club’s long-awaited first FA Cup triumph arriving in 1965. Hunt scored the opening goal in a 2-1 victory over Leeds with his strike partner Ian St John, who died in March, supplying the winner.
Hunt spent 11 and a half years at Liverpool before joining Bolton Wanderers, the club he supported as a boy, for £32,000 in 1969. He scored another 25 goals in 84 appearances for Bolton before retiring in 1972. After his playing days ended, Hunt worked for the Pools Panel for more than 30 years and for the family’s haulage company near Warrington.
Hunt was a member of the England national team which won the 1966 FIFA World Cup, playing in all England’s six games, scoring three times. He won 34 caps and scored 18 goals for his country. He is the sixth member of England’s World Cup-winning side to die in the past three years, after Ray Wilson, Gordon Banks, Martin Peters, Jack Charlton, and Nobby Stiles. Hurst, Sir Bobby Charlton – who was sadly diagnosed with dementia in November 2020 – and George Cohen are the only surviving players from Sir Alf Ramsey’s team.
Roger Hunt Age
Roger Hunt was born on 20 July 1938, in Glazebury, Lancashire, England. He died on 27 September 2021, in England. He was 83.
Roger Hunt Wife
Roger Hunt married his first wife Patricia O’Brien in 1959. They had two children. He then married his second wife Rowan Green.
Roger Hunt Death
Roger Hunt died at home on 27 September 2021 at the age of 83 after a long illness. “Liverpool FC is mourning the passing of legendary former player Roger Hunt,” the club said in a statement. “Hunt, the club’s second-highest goalscorer of all time with 285 goals in 492 appearances, passed away peacefully at home following a long illness on Monday evening. He was 83.”
“The thoughts of everybody at Liverpool FC are with Roger’s family and friends at this sad and difficult time,” the statement concluded.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said in a statement: “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. To be the goalscoring catalyst of the Shankly team to actually achieve promotion and then go on to win those precious league titles and the FA Cup puts him in a bracket of LFC legends who are responsible for making us the club we are today. Not only that, he was also a World Cup winner in 1966, too.
“I am told the Kop christened him ‘Sir Roger’ for all his achievements. A goalscorer who never stopped working to help his teammates; I believe he would have fit in well within our current team. So, it is Sir Roger we will remember, honour and pay tribute to over the coming days. You’ll Never Walk Alone.”
Mark Bullingham, chief executive of the Football Association, said: “English football has lost another great with the passing of Roger Hunt. On behalf of the FA, our thoughts are with his family and friends today. 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. He will forever be remembered at Wembley Stadium and we will pay tribute to his memory before our home fixture with Hungary next month.”
Roger Hunt Cause of Death
Roger Hunt’s cause of death was not revealed. He died of an unspecified illness.
Roger Hunt Health – Roger Hunt Illness
It was not revealed what illness Roger Hunt was battling.
Roger Hunt Net Worth
Roger Hunt’s net worth is estimated to be $2 million.