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Roger Hunt funeral sees Kevin Keegan call for new Anfield statue

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Sir Geoff Hurst and Kevin Keegan led the tributes to Roger Hunt at the funeral of Liverpool’s record league goalscorer.

Former team-mates and senior executives from the club, including CEO Billy Hogan, joined Hunt’s family for the hour-long service of celebration at Liverpool Cathedral.

“He was a World Cup winner in 1966.

Hurst was not present but his eulogy to his fellow 1966 World Cup winner, who died last month aged 83, was read by Liverpool’s club chaplain Bill Bygroves, in which he said: “What a player he was; up there with Kenny Dalglish, Ian Rush, Kevin Keegan and Mo Salah.

“Why isn’t there a statue of Sir Roger Hunt, at the Kop End, where he was knighted, with something like ‘244 goals – catch me if you can’ as an inspiration to everyone passing by, the kids who want to play football?

Comedian Jimmy Tarbuck, a friend of Hunt’s, paid a simple tribute by saying: “To be born a gentleman is an accident, to die one is an achievement.” Hunt’s funeral cortege, with his coffin draped in a red Liverpool flag and adorned with white flowers, was applauded by large groups of fans outside Anfield, where the hearse briefly paused, and on its entry to the cathedral.

Liverpool’s anthem ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ was sung as part of the service before Hunt’s coffin departed to the tune ahead of a private ceremony at Anfield Crematorium.
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