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Colin Bell, a former Manchester City and England midfielder, passed away at age 74 after a brief illness.
Bell is a City legend, making just 500 appearances for the club and winning the First Division title, the FA Cup, the League Cup and the Recopa de Europa. He was also capped 48 times for his country during his career, with the Three Lions at the 1970 World Cup in Mexico.
The sad news was released by a statement published on City website, which read: “It is with the deepest sadness and heaviest hearts that we announce the passing of Manchester City legend Colin Bell.
“Colin passed away peacefully this afternoon after a brief illness not related to Covid, at the age of 74. He leaves behind his wife Marie, children Jon and Dawn and grandchildren, Luke, Mark, Isla and Jack.”
Bell was nicknamed ‘Colin the King’ by City fans and a grandstand at the Etihad Stadium was renamed in his honor in 2004.
Citizens President Khaldoon Al Mubarak honored one of the club’s best players.
“Colin Bell will always be remembered as one of Manchester City’s greatest players and today’s very sad news of his passing will affect everyone associated with our club.”
“I am fortunate to be able to speak regularly with his former coach and teammates, and it is clear to me that Colin was a very appreciated player by all those who had the privilege of playing alongside him or watching him play. The passage of time does little to erase the memories of his genius. The fact that we have a grandstand at the Etihad Stadium named after Colin says a lot about the importance of his contribution to this club.
“Our club has lost a great player. Everyone’s thoughts and best wishes go out to Colin’s family. “
Bell began his career at Bury, where he spent three years before moving to City. After leaving Maine Road, he enjoyed a brief stint at the San Jose Earthquakes before retiring in 1980.
In her later years, she did significant charitable work and received an MBE for her community service in 2004.