England World Cup winning striker Roger Hunt, who started his career at Warrington Town, has sadly died aged 83.
Hunt went on to play more than 400 times for Liverpool, who signed him in 1958 from the Yellows, then known as Stockton Heath.
During his time at the club, Hunt scored 78 goals in three seasons and was top goalscorer in the 1956-57 season with 38, attracting the attention of the Reds.
He became a club ambassador in his later years, joining in with the celebrations when the club reached the first round of the FA Cup for the first time in its history in 2014.
At the 1966 World Cup finals, Hunt scored three goals in six games, playing alongside Geoff Hurst in the 4-2 extra win over West Germany in the final.
Hunt became Liverpool’s record goalscorer in 1967, reaching a total of 285 goals, which remained a record for more than two decades until broken by Ian Rush. His record of 244 league goals is still a club record. He also held the record of scoring 100 top-flight goals in fewer games than any player in Liverpool history, until Mo Salah broke that milestone in one game less earlier this month.
A minute’s silence will be held in memory of Hunt ahead of Warrington Town’s Northern Premier League game against Basford United this evening.
Club chairman, Toby Macormac said: “Sir Roger was always supportive of the club and never forgot where it all began for him. In the season we won the league he turned up at the club with a signed montage he’d made with his career over the years including his time with England, it was a really thoughtful gesture that I won’t forget.”
Everyone at Warrington Town sends their condolences to Roger’s family and friends.