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Liverpool legends pay respects to Roger Hunt at Liverpool Cathedral funeral service

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There was a large turnout in Liverpool this morning as the city remembered Roger Hunt.

The funeral service for the Reds' record league goalscorer was held today at Liverpool Cathedral and was attended by members of the public along with former players of the club.



Also present was Hunt's wife Rowan, children David and Julie, stepchildren Katie and Wayne as well as other extended family members.



Prior to the 11am service, the hearse carrying the body of Sir Roger paused outside the Kop as supporters lining the streets applauded their hero.



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Former team-mates of Hunt, Ian Callaghan and Gordon Milne, played alongside the prolific forward during the 1960s and helped the Reds to the First Division title on two occasions in each other's company.

Speaking at today's service, Callaghan said: “From the moment I met him in 1960 to the last time I spoke to him, we never had a cross word.

"It was a privilege to know him as a colleague and friend. So sad to have lost both him & Saint this year."

Ex players arrive at Liverpool Cathedral for the funeral of former Liverpool and England striker Roger Hunt this morning (THURS)

Meanwhile Milne added: "How do you pay tribute to a man whose football did his talking for him?

"Action not words was his way, the record books speak clearly on his behalf. Anfield sent a message to the world on 3 Oct from their hearts how much they loved & respected Roger.”

Liverpool's record goalscorer Ian Rush was also in attendance, along with David Johnson, John Aldridge and Roy Evans.

Another ex-Red who took the time to pay tribute to Hunt was Kevin Keegan, who said: "Sir Roger because of the person he was went under the radar, that was his character.

"But why isn’t there a statute of him at the Kop end where he scored those 244 league goals with that number on to inspire the next generation?

"He’d love to see one of them go past him one day.”

Away from Anfield, Hunt was also part of the England World Cup winning team of 1966. He scored three times in six appearances at the tournament as the Three Lions tasted success.

Former England forward Sir Geoff Hurst, who partnered Hunt in the showpiece fixture versus West Germany and remains the only player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final, did not attend but had his eulogy read by Liverpool's club chaplain Bill Bygroves.

Liverpool-born comedian Jimmy Tarbuck, a friend of Hunt's, and former football turned PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor were also pictured outside Liverpool Cathedral.


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