Hundreds gather for funeral of Liverpool FC legend Roger Hunt

Video report by Chris Hall.

Hundreds gathered for the funeral of Liverpool FC's record league goalscorer Roger Hunt which took place at Liverpool Cathedral on Thursday.

Hunt, who scored an unrivalled 244 league goals for the Reds, died on 27 September this year, aged 83.

The service began at 11am and was open to members of the public wishing to pay their respects.

Roger Hunt Credit: PA

It was led by Rev Canon Neal Barnes and supported by Rev Bill Bygroves - the chaplain to Liverpool Football Club - with tributes paid by former players.

On the way to the cathedral, Roger's hearse paused outside Liverpool's Anfield ground as a mark of respect.

Liverpool legends Roy Evans, Kevin Keegan, Ian Callaghan and Ian Rush were among those that attended the hour-long service of celebration.

The coffin was draped in a red Liverpool flag as it left the cathedral.

Liverpool's iconic club anthem You'll Never Walk Alone played before the a hearse left for a private ceremony at Anfield Crematorium.

Comedian Jimmy Tarbuck (left) outside Liverpool Cathedral after the funeral of Roger Hunt. Credit: PA

Roger Hunt was born in Golborne, Cheshire on July 20, 1938.

He signed for Liverpool in July 1958 and made his final appearance for the club in December 1969.

The striker was signed by Phil Taylor from non-league Stockton Heath but was kept on by Bill Shankly, and helped the club out of the old Second Division in 1962, going on to win league titles in 1964 and 1966. He also won the FA Cup with Liverpool in 1965.

You'll Never Walk Alone played as the casket, draped in a Liverpool flag, was carried from the cathedral. Credit: PA

Hunt's overall Reds scoring record was broken by Ian Rush in 1992 but no one has yet scored more league goals for the Merseysiders. 

Hunt also won 34 caps for England, scoring 18 goals, and earned his first under Walter Winterbottom in 1962 when Liverpool were still in the second tier.

Roger Hunt playing for Liverpool at Spurs in 1968. Credit: PA

In that season, he scored 41 goals in as many games for the Reds.

Hunt scored three goals in helping England get out of their group at the 1966 finals, and played in every game such was his importance to Sir Alf Ramsey's team.