Fourth in a sequence of articles profiling the profession of England 1966 World Cup winner Roger Hunt and the golf equipment he represented…
ON one in every of his journeys house from Nationwide Service to play for Stockton Heath, Roger Hunt was noticed by Liverpool scout Invoice Jones, writes Garry Clarke.
The expertise spotter was there to observe one other participant on the time, however provided Hunt a trial.
Enjoying for Liverpool A in opposition to Manchester Metropolis A at Urmston – a floor now higher often called Shawe View, house of Trafford FC – Hunt scored in a 5-1 win for the Reds.
Each Liverpool and Swindon have been eager to signal the previous Culcheth Excessive and Leigh Grammar Faculty scholar.
Liverpool provided him £14 per week through the season and £12 per week through the summer time, whereas Swindon provided £17 per week all yr spherical and a home.
Earlier than accepting both of the provides, Hunt spoke to Stockton Heath supervisor Freddie Worrall who instructed him: “He had been away from house with Portsmouth and he suggested me to go to Liverpool.
“He mentioned it was price a couple of kilos much less simply to be near house and your loved ones.”
Then managed by Phil Taylor, Liverpool signed Hunt on newbie varieties on July 29, 1958, which allowed him to proceed taking part in for Stockton Heath and Devizes City for an additional season till his Nationwide Service was accomplished.
Scoring simply 5 objectives in his farewell season, Hunt performed only a few video games for Stockton Heath throughout 1958/59 as his taking part in commitments elsewhere severely restricted his availability.
Aside from taking part in for Devizes City, who accomplished the Wiltshire treble of Senior League, League Cup and County Senior Cup, Hunt was a daily for the Wiltshire county facet within the Southern Counties Competitors and likewise performed for The Military.
He additionally represented an England Beginner workforce in a world trial at Aston Villa. Enjoying a lot soccer it’s a surprise he managed to seek out time to hold out his Nationwide Service duties as a sergeant’s mess waiter.
One of many few video games he performed for Stockton Heath through the 1958/59 season was their FA Cup First Qualifying Spherical tie at Cheshire County League facet Witton Albion.
A crowd of 1,550 (paying gate receipts of £107) noticed Heath win for the primary time within the recreation’s oldest cup competitors.
Though Stan Berrington scored a hat-trick within the 4-2 win (George Hayes scored the fouth objective) Hunt was the star with the Warrington Guardian reporting: “Hunt’s good foraging was the spotlight of the guests’ success.”
On his subsequent return house he was unable to repeat the trick as Heath crashed out of the cup within the second qualifying spherical shedding 3-0 at house to Ellesmere Port City.
After a superb begin to the season, Heath, with out their star participant, fell away within the second half of the marketing campaign and completed a disappointing sixth within the Mid Cheshire League desk.
Having scored within the 6-2 Cheshire Beginner Cup quarter last victory at house in opposition to Linotype, Hunt scored his final of 83 objectives in Heath colors on the identical stage of their Mid Cheshire League Cup marketing campaign, netting of their 4-1 house win in opposition to Knutsford.
Watched by a crowd of 1,162 (gate receipts £90) at Witton Albion’s Central Floor (now not with us as the location is now coated by a grocery store), Hunt was unable to encourage Heath to victory within the Cheshire Beginner Cup last in opposition to Altrincham Reserves.
A 1-1 draw gave Heath a second chew of the cherry, however with out Hunt, who couldn’t prepare depart from The Military, they misplaced 3-1 within the replay at Northwich Victoria’s Drill Discipline on Could 6, 1959.
The next evening the Drill Discipline was additionally the venue for the Mid Cheshire League Cup last, once more with out Hunt, and Heath misplaced 2-1 to ICI Alkali.
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