Man City Legend, Bell Is Dead.
Former Manchester City and England midfielder Colin Bell is dead.
Cause Of Former Man City And England Player, Bell’s Death
This online news platform learnt that Bell died at 74 after a brief illness, the club has announced on Tuesday.
How Colin Bell Died
“Colin passed away peacefully this (Tuesday) afternoon after a short, non-Covid related illness, aged 74,” said a club statement.
Bell scored 152 goals in 492 appearances for City during a 13-year career with the club after joining from Bury.
Bell was a member of the City side that won the old First Division title in 1967/68 and the FA Cup in 1969.
He also helped City win two trophies in the 1969/70 season — the English League Cup and the European Cup Winners’ Cup.
In addition to his City honours, Bell won 48 England caps and was in the squad for the 1970 World Cup in Mexico during a career cut short by a knee injury.
Man City said, “few players have left such an indelible mark” on the club as Bell, nicknamed “The King of the Kippax” after one of the terraces at their former Maine Road home.
Such was the respect in which Bell was held at the club that City fans voted to name a stand at the Etihad Stadium after him in 2004.
Man City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said through the club’s website: “Colin Bell will always be remembered as one of Manchester City’s greatest players and the very sad news today of his passing will affect everybody connected to our club.
“I am fortunate to be able to speak regularly to his former manager and team-mates, and it’s clear to me that Colin was a player held in the highest regard by all those who had the privilege of playing alongside him or seeing him play.
“The passage of time does little to erase the memories of his genius.”
Meanwhile, his former City team-mate Mike Summerbee paid tribute to “a lovely, humble man”.
Mike Summerbee’ Tribute To Colin Bell
“He was quiet, unassuming and I always believe he never knew how good he actually was,” Summerbee told the club’s website.
“He was just the greatest footballer we have ever had.
“Kevin De Bruyne reminds me a lot of Colin in the way he plays and the way he is as a person.”
“He was adored by the City fans and for our supporters to say he is the best they have ever seen, you don’t get a better compliment than that, do you?” Former England international Summerbee added.