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Tributes to Bristol Rovers legend Alfie Biggs

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Bristol Rovers legend Alfie Biggs has died at the age of 76. Tributes have been paid to the former player who scored 178 league goals for the club.

Alfie Biggs was known as "The Baron of Eastville" Credit: Bristol Rovers

Nicknamed ‘The Baron’ by Rovers fans, he famously scored twice against Manchester United in January 1956. Rovers’ 4-0 win sent United’s Busby Babes, managed by Matt Busby, crashing out of the third round of the FA cup.

Alfie Biggs forged a lethal partnership with Geoff Bradford. He played a major role in one of Rovers’ most famous victories.

– Bristol Rovers

As a teenager, Mr Biggs made his first appearance for the club against Lincoln City. He later joined Preston North End for a season before returning to Rovers a year later. During his two spells with the club the striker scored 199 goals for Rovers in 473 appearances.

Speaking in 2008, Mr Biggs said he always enjoyed playing at Eastville, Bristol Rovers' former stadium.

A knee injury eventually brought his Rovers’ career to an end, but he kept his ties with the club after retiring.

Responding to the news of his death, Rovers’ fans have described Alfie Biggs as a ‘true legend’. They will join the club in remembering him at their final game of the season against Accrington Stanley on Saturday. The club says its thoughts are with Alfie’s family.