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Roger Hunt funeral: Liverpool fans gather at Anfield

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Hundreds of Liverpool fans gathered at Anfield as the funeral cortege of former England striker Roger Hunt stopped outside the ground.

Known as ‘Sir Roger’ to Reds fans, the club legend died at the age of 83 in September.

His hearse came to a halt outside Anfield ahead of a service at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral, which began at 11:00 a.m. BST.

Hunt is the club’s all-time leading scorer with 244 goals and was a member of England’s World Cup-winning team in 1966.

Jimmy Tarbuck, a comedian and Liverpool fan, was among those who paid tribute during the hour-long service.

“Being born a gentleman is an accident; dying a gentleman is an achievement,” he said.

“Thank you for giving me so much pleasure by watching you; it was a pleasure. I am honoured to be referred to as a friend of yours.”

Liverpool legends Roy Evans, Kevin Keegan, Ian Callaghan, and Ian Rush were among those who attended the funeral.

The Liverpool anthem You’ll Never Walk Alone was played as the final hymn at the end of the service.

Roger Hunt made 492 appearances for Liverpool

Vince Tolley, a Liverpool fan, said he travelled from Southend, Essex, to pay tribute to his “idol,” Hunt.

“I used to have a Liverpool shirt back in the 60s, it was just an ordinary red shirt with a white cuff and my mum actually put the number eight on the back for me,” he recalled.

Last month, Reds manager Jurgen Klopp paid tribute to Hunt, saying he “comes second to no one in the history of Liverpool FC.”

“For all of his accomplishments, the Kop dubbed him “Sir Roger.” I believe he would have fit in well with our current team as a goalscorer who never stopped working to help his teammates “He stated.

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At the scene

By BBC North West Tonight reporter Andy Gill at Liverpool Cathedral

Former Liverpool players Ian Rush and Roy Evans are among the mourners

Hundreds of Liverpool fans attended the funeral, along with former players and family members.

Sir Geoff Hurst, England’s World Cup strike partner, was among those who paid tribute at the service.

He stated in a message: “What a performer he was. In the same league as Kenny Dalglish, Ian Rush, Kevin Keegan, and Mo Salah.”

Jimmy Tarbuck, a comedian and Reds fan, told me: “Bobby Moore was our Bobby Moore. I adored him.”

Former Liverpool striker David Johnson described Hunt as his childhood hero, saying, “If I scored, it wasn’t me, it was Roger.”

Kevin Keegan, a former Liverpool player and England manager, named the striker as one of his two favourite players of all time.

Rev Dr Neil Barnes described Hunt as a “national icon” at the start of the funeral.

According to one fan, even though he was never officially knighted, the Kop referred to him as “Sir” Roger Hunt, which probably meant more to him.

Hunt, who was born on July 20, 1938 in Golborne, Cheshire, joined Liverpool in 1958 and made his 492nd and final appearance for the club in 1969.

He helped the club out of the Second Division in 1962, under legendary manager Bill Shankly, by scoring 41 goals in as many games.

Following a first FA Cup victory in 1965, Liverpool won the First Division in 1964 and 1966.

Liverpool anthem You’ll Never Walk Alone was the final hymn

After leaving Anfield in 1969, Hunt went on to have three successful seasons with Bolton Wanderers.

After making his debut in 1962, when Liverpool was in English football’s second tier, the forward won 34 England caps, scoring 18 international goals.

He appeared in every game of the 1966 World Cup, scoring three goals to help England advance from their group.

The funeral took place at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral
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