The club has announced that former Manchester City and England midfielder Colin Bell has died at the age of 74. Bell made 492 appearances and, after joining from Bury in 1966, scored 152 goals during his 13-year spell at City.
That year, he helped lead City to promotion to the First Division and was one of the outstanding players as the team won the title of the First Division ahead of Manchester United in 1968. Remembering the King of the Everlasting Kippax #ManCity | https://t.co/axa0klD5re pic.twitter.com/SYW8Vw09E6- Manchester City (@ManCity) January 5, 2021 The success of the FA Cup followed in 1969 and two more trophies in 1970: the League Cup and the Winners’ Cup of the European Cup. A statement from the club read, “Colin passed away peacefully this afternoon at the age of 74 after a short illness unrelated to Covid. He is survived by his wife Marie, his children Jon and Dawn and his grandchildren Luke, Mark, Isla and Jack. “After one of the terraces at his former home on Maine Road, Bell was dubbed ‘The King of the Kippax’ and followed his grandchildren Luke, Mark, Isla and Jack The fact that we have a stand named after Colin at the Etihad Stadium speaks volumes about the significance of his contribution to this club. We are profoundly saddened by the news that Colin Bell, who played 48 caps for the Three Lions between 1968 and 1975, passed away. “On the official website, Mike Summerbee, a former teammate of Bell’s at City and now a club ambassador, said: “Colin was a beautiful, modest man. In Manchester City, he was a huge star, but you might never have known it. He was simply the greatest footballer we’ve ever had. He’s irreplaceable. Together we had some wonderful times and I’m going to miss him terribly. “On Twitter, former City team-mate Rodney Marsh wrote that Bell was “the most underrated footballer to ever play” and “the professional I always wanted to be.” Francis Lee told the club website: “He’s in all time’s top five City players – only in the last 10, 15 years has anyone come along who can fill that ro. He was one of my favorite growing up players. A fantastic midfielder from box-to-box. Ex-City striker Shaun Goater wrote: “My deepest condolences to the Bell family. There will only ever be one King Colin Bell. RIP”