Bristol City legend Norman Hunter dies aged 76 after contracting coronavirus

One of Bristol City's finest ever players has died aged 76 after contracting Covid-19.

Norman Hunter was admitted to hospital last week and passed away on Friday morning (17 April).

The tributes have flooded in from the football community for the central defender nicknamed 'bite yer legs' for his tenacious tackling, and who was part of the England team that won the 1966 World Cup.

Hunter was a fearsome tackler nicknamed 'bite yer legs'. Credit: PA
26 July 1978: Hunter (middle row, far left) lined up with his First Division teammates at Ashton Gate. Credit: PA

The defender played 122 times in all competitions for City between 1976-1979, when the club returned to the top flight under Alan Dicks.

Hunter signed from Leeds United, where he earned his legendary status in the game, and later joined Barnsley before retiring in 1983.

Born on Friday 29 October 1943 in County Durham, Hunter left school at the age of 15 to become an electrical fitter.

He was scouted by Leeds and following a trial game was offered a place on the club’s ground staff.

Hunter made his senior debut at the age of 18 in 1962, and would go on to become one of the greatest centre-backs the game has ever seen, winning two First Division titles, the FA Cup, League Cup and two Inter-Cities Fairs Cups.