Anfield pays tribute to late Roger Hunt with touching ‘Sir Roger’ mosaic prior to Man City game to honour memory of Liverpool legend and 1966 World Cup winner who died aged 83
Roger Hunt was honoured at Anfield ahead of Liverpool’s Premier League clash against Manchester City after his passing this week.
Hunt, a World Cup winner in 1966 and Liverpool’s second-highest goalscorer, died on Wednesday at the age of 83 following a long illness.
Priot to kick off on Sunday afternoon, Anfield paid tribute to one of its favourite sons with fans on The Kop coming together to form a mosaic that read ‘Sir Roger 8’, a nod to the nickname Hunt was affectionately known by and the number he wore for most of his career.
The Kop paid tribute to former Liverpool great Roger Hunt on Sunday against Manchester City
Liverpool fans nicknamed Hunt ‘Sir Roger’ after he was overlooked for a knighthood
Players from both teams then gathered around the centre circle for a minute of applause to remember the late Liverpool great, a gesture that was carried out across all Premier League grounds this weekend.
Hunt, who received an MBE in 2000 but was overlooked for a knighthood, played in all six games of England’s triumphant World Cup campaign in 1966, scoring three goals in the process.
He won a total of 34 caps for the Three Lions, netting 18 times. His goal ratio at club level was similarly impressive, as he scored 285 goals in 492 appearances for Liverpool, for whom he made his debut in 1959.
Liverpool and City players joined in a minute of applause held in memory of Hunt
The striker (fourth top right) won the 1966 World Cup with England and is remembered as one of the sport’s all-time great players
Hunt, who was born in Glazebury in Lancashire in 1938, memorably scored 41 goals in 41 games as Bill Shankly’s Reds won promotion to the then-First Division in 1961-62.
In 11 seasons at Anfield, Hunt won the First Division title in 1964 and 1966 – when he also finished as the league’s top scorer – with an FA Cup triumph in 1965 sandwiched in between.
Hunt is the sixth 1966 World Cup winner to pass away since May 2018 and his death leaves Bobby Charlton, Geoff Hurst and George Cohen as the only three surviving members from the team that started the World Cup final against West Germany.
Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher was effusive in his praise of Hunt’s Anfield legacy
Sir Kenny Dalglish used his tribute to thank Hunt for his contributions while a Liverpool player
Ex-Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler was among a host of former professionals to pay tribute
Jamie Carragher, Sir Kenny Dalglish, Ian Rush and Robbie Fowler were among the former Liverpool players to pay tribute to Hunt following news of his death.
Carragher described Hunt as ‘one of the greatest goal scorers’ the Reds have ever had.
‘RIP Sir Roger Hunt, one of the greatest goal scorers our club has ever seen. Sir Roger along with the other Legends from the 60’s made @LFC the club it is today,’ he tweeted.
Dalglish struck a similar tone, crediting Hunt for playing a pivotal role in moulding the club into what it is today.