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'Sir' Roger was was 'destined for greatness', knighted by an adoring Kop and his story will live on

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It was destiny for Roger Hunt to live a life less ordinary.

During the course of an emotional service at Liverpool cathedral, we learnt how his mother, Ellen, believed greatness would come her son's way after a remarkable incident as a little boy.

Callaghan, Liverpool's record appearance holder, was also in that England squad 55 years ago and told how he sat with "Nobby Stiles' front teeth in my pocket" while his great pal Hunt led the line alongside Sir Geoff Hurst in the 4-2 win over West Germany.

The knighthood with which he is synonymous was bestowed on him by Liverpool's adoring Kop rather than Buckingham Palace and that always meant more to a man who scored 285 times after being spotted playing for Stockton Heath in the Mid-Cheshire League.

'But can I just say: 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.

'If you did that, I think Roger would look down and he would want one of those kids, to come pass there and he would want someone to one day play for Liverpool and one day overtake his record.

In time they will find comfort from the fact Roger Hunt's story will live on and on.

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