Manchester City superb Bell dies aged 74

January 06, 2021 Sports
Former Manchester City and England midfielder Colin Bell has died aged 74 carrying out a short illness, the golf club announced Tuesday.

Bell scored 152 goals found in 492 appearances for City throughout a 13-year job with the club after joining from Bury.

"Colin passed on peacefully this (Tuesday) afternoon after a short, non-Covid related illness, aged 74," said a club statement.
"He leaves behind wife Marie, kids Jon and Dawn and grandchildren, Luke, Mark, Isla and Jack."

Bell was a member of the City part that won the good old First Division title in 1967/68 and the FA Cup in 1969.

He also helped City win two trophies in the 1969/70 time -- the English League Glass and the European Glass Winners' Cup.

Furthermore to his City honours, Bell won 48 England caps and was in the squad for the 1970 World Glass in Mexico throughout a career cut brief by a knee injury.

City said "handful of players have left this indelible tag" on the club seeing that Bell, nicknamed "The King of the Kippax" after one of the terraces at their ex - Maine Road home.

Such was the value in which Bell happened at the golf club that City fans voted to name a stand at the Etihad Stadium immediately after him in 2004.
City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak told the club's web page: "Colin Bell will be remembered as you of Manchester City's ideal players and the very sad information today of his passing will affect everybody connected to your club.

"I am fortunate in order to speak regularly to his former supervisor and team-mates, and it's clear if you ask me that Colin was a new player held in the best regard by all those who had the privilege of taking part in alongside him or seeing him play.

"The duration of time does little to erase the remembrances of his genius."

Meanwhile, his former City team-mate Mike Summerbee paid tribute to "a lovely, humble man".

"He was silent, unassuming and I always believe he by no means knew how good he actually was," Summerbee told the club's site.

"He was merely the greatest footballer we have ever had.

"Kevin De Bruyne reminds me personally a lot of Colin in the way he plays and just how he's as a person."

Ex - England international Summerbee added: "He was first adored by the City lovers and for our supporters to state he is the very best they have ever seen, you don't get an improved compliment than that, do you?"

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