Roger Hunt was born in Golborne, a small Lancashire town on the outskirts of Wigan, in 1938.  He was playing football for Stockton Heath in a Cheshire League game when he was 'spotted' by a Liverpool FC scout, and joined the Merseyside club in May 1959.
In the 1961-62 season, Liverpool raced away with the Second Division championship, with Hunt scoring 41 goals from 41 games, including 5 hat tricks. Legendary Liverpool manager, Bill Shankley, brought in Ian St John as Hunt's strike partner and in the following four seasons Liverpool won both the League title and the FA Cup with Hunt scoring 110 league goals during this period.
Hunt remained with Liverpool until 1969 when he was transferred to Bolton Wanderers.  His contribution at Liverpool had been enormous, playing 404 games and scoring 245 goals. Always regarded as a 'gentleman', Hunt was usually referred to as 'Sir Roger' by his adoring Liverpool fans.
Hunt played  34 matches for England between 1962 and 1969, including the 6 games of the 1966 World Cup, in which he scored twice against France at the Group stage.  It was Hunt who was closest to Geoff Hurst's controversial goal in the Final, with the West Germans claiming that the ball had not crossed the goal line. Hunt said that he could easily have followed up and tapped the ball in but he was 100% certain that the ball had already crossed the line, so he turned away in celebration!
I met Roger Hunt at the NEC in November 2005. He was the ninth England player to sign my England football shirt.
My Roger Hunt autograph  number is AA-0013283 if you want to look it up!!
'Sir Roger'
Roger Hunt playing for Liverpool
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In 2000, Hunt was belatedly awarded the MBE, along with four other members of the World Cup winning team, Alan Ball, George Cohen, Nobby Stiles and Ray Wilson.
Hunt retired from football in 1972 to run his family's haulage business.  He also became a member of the 'pools panel', set up to predict the result of postponed games for the Football Pools competition.
Roger Hunt, George Cohen, Alan Ball, Ray Wilson &
Nobby Stiles with their MBEs
Roger Hunt (centre) watches as Geoff Hurst heads the ball towards the West German goal
Roger Hunt signed my England shirt
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Roger Hunt
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