BOLTON'S WORLD CUP MEMORIES: Roger Hunt justified Alf Ramsey's selection

The Bolton News: Roger Hunt challenges Ron Atkinson at Burnden Park in 1970 Roger Hunt challenges Ron Atkinson at Burnden Park in 1970

WORLD Cup winning striker Roger Hunt joined Bolton Wanderers from Liverpool three years after that greatest day in England’s football history at Wembley in 1966.

A Bolton supporter as a youngster, Hunt went on to make 84 appearances at Burnden Park between 1969 and 1972.

The striker’s only World Cup came in that glorious campaign in England where he started all six games and scored three goals.

His appearance in Sir Alf Ramsey’s team sparked some debate among England football fans with some believing Jimmy Greaves should have been in ahead of him.

But Hunt justified his inclusion by playing a full part in the team’s performances throughout the 1966 tournament.

England kicked off the group stage with a goalless draw against Uruguay before beating Mexico 2-0 in which Hunt scored the second.

He went on to score both goals in a 2-0 victory over France as England progressed through the group stage in top spot.

He also played his part in a 1-0 quarter-final victory over Argentina and a 2-1 defeat of Portugal in the semi-finals before that great day when England beat Germany 4-2 after extra-time to secure their one and only World Cup title.

Hunt played 34 times for his country, scoring 18 goals before retiring from international football in 1969.

His remaining three years in football were at Wanderers whom he joined in a £32,000 deal and went on to score 25 goals before retiring in 1972.

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