WHEN former Scotland international Ian St John received a surprise prestigious award, he turned the praise on to Warrington's Roger Hunt.

St John, 79, collected a 'Stand Out' honour at the 02 North West Media Awards at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, marking his 38 years in the broadcast industry following his successful playing career.

His former Liverpool teammate, Hunt, a member of England's 1966 World Cup winning side, turned up to hand over the honour.

But St John said: "This man (Hunt) should be getting all the accolades going for what he did not only for Liverpool but his country.

"To be a member of the only England team that's won the World Cup, and then there's the goals he scored for Liverpool, it's absolutely incredible. He's been sensational."

St John, who started his football career with Motherwell, starred in the popular Saint and Greavsie show between 1985 and 1992 before moving into radio.

Hunt, honoured with an MBE in 2000 and last year granted the freedom of Warrington, played 492 times for Liverpool, scoring 286 goals, and remains the top league goalscorer for the side, with 245 league goals in 404 games.

Glazebury-born 'Sir' Roger, as he is affectionately known, starred in each of England's six games at the 1966 World Cup, scoring three goals.

As well as notching up 34 caps for England after his debut in 1962 and the heroics that helped Liverpool secure league and FA Cup success, Hunt finished his career at Bolton Wanderers in 1972.

He is an honorary vice-president of his former club Warrington Town, who were Stockton Heath at the time, and is also a patron of Warrington Wolves Charitable Foundation.

Hunt also played for Glazebury and Croft before his professional career took off.