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Warrington Borough Council has paid tribute to Honorary Freeman of Warrington, Roger Hunt MBE, following the announcement of his passing.
Born in Glazebury in 1938, Roger cemented his place in footballing history, as an important member of the only-ever England team to win the World Cup. He played in all six of the national side’s games at the 1966 tournament, scoring three goals. In total, Roger was capped 34 times by England, having been given his debut on 4 April 1962.
He became a club legend at Liverpool FC in the 1960s, with his goals helping propel the club to league and FA Cup success. Establishing himself as a goal scorer of the highest calibre under legendary manager Bill Shankly, Roger played 492 times for Liverpool, scoring 286 goals.
After his football career finished, Roger established the Roger Hunt 11 initiative, which worked with other famous sports people to support a wide range of local charities. He also supported the work of the Bobby Moore Fund, following Bobby’s tragic early death at the age of 51. Many other charities have also received Roger’s support, including Alder Hey Hospital and St Rocco’s Hospice.
Leader of the Council, Cllr Russ Bowden, said: “Roger will go down in history as a footballing legend, but he also made a significant impact that transcended sport, through his community and charity work.
“It was a pleasure to witness Roger being made an Honorary Freeman of our borough in 2016 and I will always remember how positively, and how passionately, he spoke of Warrington. He will unquestionably be seen as one of our all-time sporting heroes, who was an outstanding ambassador for our borough, and there is no doubt that he leaves an incredible legacy in Warrington and beyond. My thoughts are with Roger’s family and friends at this sad time.”
The Town Hall flag will be lowered until Thursday in Roger's memory.