Our latest Star Strip captures a snapshot of Liverpool striker Roger Hunt’s career as it neared its peak. This was 1964 and it was a particularly fine year for the prolific and consistent forward. Hunt had arrived at the club back in 1958 and was one of the few players to survive the clear-out Bill Shankly instigated when he was appointed as manager a year later. The striker scored on his debut and rarely stopped scoring all the way through his 11 year Liverpool career. His goals took Liverpool to the Division 2 title in 1962 and the step-up in class proved no impediment to the flow of goals. Just two years after promotion Liverpool won the Division One title and once again Roger Hunt’s goals played a decisive role in that success.
His form had led to an international call-up and he was first capped in 1962 while still a Second Division player. By 1964 he was a fixture in the England team and would go on to be part of England’s successful World Cup winning squad of 1966. Roger Hunt played for Liverpool until 1969 and his 245 League goals remains a club record to this day. As the very unlikely Scouse fan in the strip’s second frame might have said: ‘Crikey, the boy Hunt had a blinking marvellous career guvnor!’