Roger Hunt funeral – updates as Liverpool pay respects to club legend

The day Roger Hunt and Liverpool’s first-team provided the ultimate surprise

For many Liverpool supporters, Roger Hunt’s legacy will live on.

The Reds’ second-highest goalscorer in the club’s history was a player capable of creating special moments on the pitch and will forever remain an iconic figure.

As people pause to remember the spectacular player Hunt was, there are also many special tales of Roger the person.

One fine example dates back to January 28, 1967 – which saw Liverpool face Watford away from home in the third-round of the FA Cup.

In the days leading up to this fixture, a Liverpool fan named Neill Cowin was watching the Reds train at their Melwood training base and posed an unlikely question to members of the first-team including Tommy Lawrence and Hunt.

Cowin was hosting a 21 st birthday party for his girlfriend Lynda, who he later married, and asked if the players would turn up as a surprise.

No one at the party expected this to happen. But how wrong they were.

Geoff Strong, Gordon Milne, Gerry Byrne, Ian Callaghan, Lawrence and Hunt were among those to pay a visit, which they did on their way back from the Reds’ goalless draw with the Hornets at Vicarage Road.

This is a day that Mrs Cowin, now 75 years of age, has certainly not forgotten about and has fond memories of to this day.

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