Manchester City legend Colin Bell dies at the age of 74 from a disease unrelated to Covid. The club will wear retro # 8 jerseys against rival United on Wednesday night in honor of the English midfielder who won the title and FA Cup in blue
- Colin Bell died at the age of 74 after a brief illness unrelated to Covid
- The legend of Man City, called the King of the Kippax, has a point of view in his name
- Bell was part of the team that won the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1970
- City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak paid tribute to Bell after his death
Manchester City legend Colin Bell, King of the Kippax, has died at the age of 74.
Bell, who is considered one of the best players to ever wear the city jersey, passed away on Tuesday afternoon after a long illness.
The midfielder won all three of the major national trophies on Maine Road and was part of the team that won the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1970.
Manchester City legend Colin Bell has passed away at the age of 74, the club has confirmed
Bell spent 13 years as a player on Maine Road, winning both first and second division titles
Pep Guardiola's squad will pay tribute to Bell at Manchester United on Wednesday night by stepping out of his time in retro kits and adorning the number 8.
Bell stayed at the Etihad Stadium as ambassador on match days and delighted fans with stories about his 13-year stint at the club.
The club named a stand after England's 48-cap international player in 2004, after scoring 152 goals in 492 games.
"Colin Bell will always be remembered as one of Manchester City's greatest players and the very sad news of his death today will affect everyone connected to our club," said chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak.
Left: 1972 Bell in City's famous sky blue shirt. Right: Received his MBE in 2005
Bell (left), pictured with Francis Lee, poses with their Ford Cortina that was given to them for a year
"I'm fortunate to have regular conversations with his former manager and teammates, and I realize Colin was a player who was highly regarded by anyone who had the privilege of playing by or seeing him play was appreciated. "
“The passage of time does little to erase memories of your genius. The fact that we have a stand named after Colin at Etihad Stadium speaks volumes about the importance of his contribution to the club. "
Bell suffered a gruesome knee injury in a 1975 derby against United and regretted the fact that he could have overshadowed 100 caps last year.
He started his career at Bury and ended with an earthquake in San Jose. He was a shy person who actively moved away from the limelight.
"Colin was incredibly humble and a humble and understated man with an obvious strength of character," added Al Mubarak.
Bell, known as the King of the Kippax, played in the 1972 Charity Shield against Aston Villa
“He was clearly comfortable with who he was and what he had achieved in the game. The rest of us always wonder what could have been if an injury hadn't affected his career.
“Our club lost really great. All thoughts and best wishes are with Colin's family. "
In all competitions Bell played 492 games and scored 152 goals for City during his 13-year residency after moving from Bury in 1966.
In addition to City and Bury, Bell also represented San Jose Eathquakes for a short time in the American Football League after leaving English football.
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