Ernie Hunt passes away

Thursday, 21 June, 2018 27comments  |  Jump to most recent
Former Everton forward Ernie Hunt has died aged 75, the club have announced.

Hunt, who got his start at Swindon Town, played 14 times for the Blues in the 1967-68 season before moving on to Coventry City.  

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Jim Potter
1 Posted 21/06/2018 at 16:31:26
A fine little player who scored that innovative free kick against us (I think) in the early 70s.

Sympathies to his family.

Victor Jones
2 Posted 21/06/2018 at 16:42:23
I always liked Ernie Hunt. He was a stalwart in Coventry City 's team of the early 1970s. A very decent player. And didn't he score "the donkey kick" free-kick against us. Wasn't he assisted by Willie Carr? I could be wrong though.

Not many players broke into Cattericks main starting eleven. Hunt was one of those players not making a break through. Gerry Humphries also scored numerous goals in the combination league. But only played a few times for the first team.

And did Catterick also not buy a guy who scored twice against Everton in a friendly. And then never give this guy a first team game. His name has now skipped me.

And our FA cup goalscoring hero Treblicock was let go after only a handful of games.

Tough being a foward with Everton back then. Cattericks team picked its self. With not that many changes. Great days. And a great era. And a great first eleven. With only a few fringe players. Brown .Kenyon .Whittle .Jackson . Newton.

Anyhow .R.I.P Ernie Hunt. Back in the late 1960s and early 1970s I (most of us) could name most players from other first division clubs. Every team seemed to have a top striker. And Ernie Hunt was Coventrys. In today's squad oriented set ups. He would have had more game time with us.

Catterick made some strange decisions.And he let some very good players move on. Ernie Hunt imho was one of those players. Not really given a proper chance at Everton.

Alan McGuffog
3 Posted 21/06/2018 at 16:47:43
Never made a huge impact as I recall but I think it was Ernie that scored against Man City, captured on the "Golden Vision". Looked miles offside and Malcolm Allison was apoplectic as he walked up the tunnel at half-time. And Bally missed a penalty. RIP, Ernie
Dave Abrahams
4 Posted 21/06/2018 at 17:03:31
I think Ernie was bought after we played Wolves in the cup, was sold on pretty quickly so we never got the chance to see if he would have made it at Goodison.

Incidentally, his real first name was Roger, so he was called Ernie to stop any confusion with his namesake at Liverpool.

John McFarlane Snr
5 Posted 21/06/2018 at 17:16:20
Hi Dave [4],

Ernie Hunt only lasted six months at Goodison, scoring 3 goals in 14 + 2 substitute appearances. He was quoted as saying that he preferred Ernie, because Roger was a Cissy's name.

Bill Watson
6 Posted 21/06/2018 at 17:16:35
Jim (#1),

I was at that game. I think the other player involved was Willie Carr. One flicked the ball up and the other volleyed it in. Can't remember who did what but it led to a rule change.

William Gall
7 Posted 21/06/2018 at 17:16:36
He will be remembered for the change of rules for that free kick, too. The ball has to move the complete circumference of the ball before being touched again. He had the ball between his feet and flicked it straight up in the air before it was volleyed in. I believe that was the change, other people may have a better version.
John McFarlane Snr
8 Posted 21/06/2018 at 17:25:55
Hi William [6] the ball had to move it's full circumference, long before that incident, I believe it was claimed that by using two feet, he had touched it twice.
Steve Ferns
9 Posted 21/06/2018 at 17:27:54
I like that Cissy line John. I hope you’ve had your issues resolved by the way. Not long to the birthday get-together now.

RIP Ernie Hunt. Any blue is a great man and will be remembered.

John McFarlane Snr
10 Posted 21/06/2018 at 17:41:50
Hi Steve [9] Yes I posted last night thanking everyone who expressed support for me, however I still don't know whether a block reply counts as one. By the way you maybe interested to learn that when I said to my young lady, "Steve Ferns reckons I've been sanctioned" her reply was "It's about time too" she thought I'd said "Sectioned"!

I'm looking forward to our get together, providing I can wriggle out of the straight jacket.

Steve Ferns
11 Posted 21/06/2018 at 17:43:44
Haha John. My block replies never count as more than one. I hope that helps.
Alan Bodell
12 Posted 21/06/2018 at 17:59:12
I remember him as a chubby powerful runner and obviously that goal, time flies when you get in your '60's, wished it did when I was schoolkid, RIP Ernie.
Dave Williams
13 Posted 21/06/2018 at 19:26:29
Yes Dave, he played very well against us that day- he and Dougan gave us all sorts of problems- and we won 4-2 I think. Catterick played him up front so the Trinity was left undisturbed but he was a midfield player and never a striker. Scored a good backheaded goal at Goodison but was moved on quickly to Coventry where he gave great service. I was talking to Mike Summerbee about him last year as they were great pals and he was clearly a real character from what Mike said.
RIP Ernie- you made history.
Alan McGuffog
14 Posted 21/06/2018 at 19:35:37
Dave...was that back headed goal against Southampton on Jimmy Gabriel's return think we won 4-2 ?
Jack Convery
15 Posted 21/06/2018 at 20:15:27
He wore the shirt. RIP.
Dave Williams
16 Posted 21/06/2018 at 20:43:39
Blimey Alan - what a memory!!
Yes- I think so and I remember the report in the pink echo sating he had a quiet game but scored a brilliant goal.
A real fun guy apparently and decent too.
Peter Mills
17 Posted 21/06/2018 at 21:45:45
Rest in peace Ernie Hunt.

I could be wrong, but I think there has only been one occasion in a derby when Everton and rs had a player with the same name - Roger Hunt.

Jon Hirshman
18 Posted 21/06/2018 at 23:17:52
His namesake at Liverpool was rhyming slang who inexplicably played for England in 1966. Ernie RIP. Catterick sold him on because he wasn't really up to it.
Dave Abrahams
19 Posted 22/06/2018 at 16:50:40
Peter (#17), I don't know if John McLoughlin of Liverpool and John McLoughlin of Everton played in the same derby game but they were around at the same time.

McLoughlin of Liverpool, born in Kirkby, was a midfielder who Shankly had very high hopes of but didn't last long.

Peter, why I think they may have played in the same game – it is in my head that the names were related to a quiz question.

Ray Atherton
20 Posted 22/06/2018 at 17:49:38
I saw Ernie"s debut away against Fulham. I think we ost 2-1.

Dave A. The Liverpool lad was spelt John McLaughlan and "Tiger McLoughlan" was our defender.

Dave Abrahams
21 Posted 22/06/2018 at 18:13:17
Ray (#20), thanks. Close but no cigar!!!, By the way, did they play in the same game? If they did then that will be the only time two players whose name had the same pronouncement played in a derby game!!!!!!!!
John McFarlane Snr
22 Posted 22/06/2018 at 18:13:41
Hi Dave [19] the McLaughlin's never featured in the same 'derby' game: Everton's version played in 4, Liverpool's in 2..

The Everton line-ups for those two games were:

Rankin, Wright, Newton H, Kendall [Newton K], Kenyon, Harvey, Husband, Ball, Royle, Hurst, Morrissey. 21 November 1970 — 3-2 to Liverpool.

West, Wright, Newton H, Kendall, Kenyon, Harvey, Husband, Ball, Royle, Hurst, Morrissey, 20 February 1971 — 0-0 draw.

I was released from the sin-bin yesterday, the brief, spell in solitary confinement, was marginally better than the seven weeks stay in Southport Hospital, and I find now, that I have to count posts as well as calories.

Ray Atherton
24 Posted 22/06/2018 at 19:24:15
John (22)

The Derby at Anfield on 21/11/70 on that day, I was in London meeting a mate, a Chelsea fan. He got tickets for Stamford Bridge, the teams that day Chelsea versus Stoke City.

When the captains went up for the toss up, I was intrigued that the two goalkeepers were the captains. Gordon Banks (Stoke) and Peter Bonetti (Chelsea.)

I didn"t think I had seen two 'keepers before that day. I thought you would, with your vast knowledge, had seen that into the past.

Gordon Banks was the regular Man between the sticks. Peter Bonetti was reaching a milestone with Chelsea, hence they gave him the captaincy.

John McFarlane Snr
25 Posted 22/06/2018 at 20:24:03
HI Ray [24] I can't recall seeing two goalies as captains but it could have happened as recently as last season, if Kasper Schmeichel is captain of Leicester City, and played against Tottenham Hotspur who are captained by Hugo Loris.
Alan J Thompson
26 Posted 24/06/2018 at 06:46:51
I remember hitch hiking to London for his first game against Fulham, lost 2-1. Ernie played as a deep-lying centre-forward and it was said that as they came off at half-time, he turned to Alan Ball and said that he wasn't really a centre-forward but a midfield player – to which Bally replied, "You're a midfield player, that makes 8 of us and I was here before you!"
Max Murphy
27 Posted 24/06/2018 at 20:04:22
Bill (#6). I was also at the game. And you're right, Willie Carr, with the ball clasped between both feet, flicked it up behind him, while Ernie hammered it in.

I was a skint student at the time, at Leicester Polytechnic, but there were 4 other Evertonians I knew at the Poly and one had a Mini. We all shared the petrol and headed off to Highfield Road. We really couldn't understand the goal, and argued that the ball should be moved laterally for a free-kick, and not vertically.

Ernie always reminded me of a wrestler – a real tough looking bloke.
Rest In Peace, Mr Hunt.

Tom Bowers
28 Posted 27/06/2018 at 13:20:29
Ernie Hunt was a solid hardworking player who was terrific at Wolves but never really performed consistently at Everton. (how many times have we said that before). Hi famous ''donkey'' kick was deemed illegal after the one which beat Everton (I was unfortunately at Highfield Rd. that day). Typical, isn't it, that it should be Everton.

Anyway RIP, Ernie.

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