MANCHESTER CITY are mourning the lack of their biggest ever participant Colin Bell who died immediately on the age of 74.
The previous England worldwide midfielder was affectionately referred to as the ‘King of the Kippax’ on account of his reputation on the membership’s former residence Maine Street.
Manchester Metropolis are mourning the lack of Maine Street hero Colin Bell, who died aged 74Credit score: PA
Bell, proper, is broadly considered probably the greatest gamers this nation has producedCredit score: Getty Photos – Getty
His hyperlink up with Mike Summerbee and Francis Lee impressed a golden period for Metropolis within the late 60s.
After successful promotion in his first season, they went on to win the league title in 1967-8 and three different main trophies within the following years.
And Bell, who received 48 worldwide caps, was broadly considered one of the full midfielders this nation has ever produced.
He was also called ‘Nijinsky’ – after the well-known racehorse – on account of his power and athleticism.
And it’s ironic that he will be remembered at a derby against Manchester United at Previous Trafford tomorrow night time when Metropolis’s gamers stroll out of the tunnel sporting retro Nineteen Sixties shirts together with his No8 on the again.
As a result of it was in a sport towards the Pink Devils in 1975 that Bell suffered a critical knee harm after a sort out from Martin Buchan.
That put him out of soccer for greater than 18 months and regardless of quite a few makes an attempt at a comeback, he was by no means fairly the identical once more.
Born in County Durham, Bell began his profession with Bury earlier than being signed by Second Division Metropolis in 1966.
Metropolis loved a golden period within the late Nineteen Sixties which included a league title in 1968 and beating Leicester within the 1969 FA Cup lastCredit score: PA
He made 48 appearances for England, scoring 9 objectives and captaining his nation in Bobby Moore’s absenceCredit score: PA:Press Affiliation
He helped them to a right away promotion earlier than the Holy Trinity of Bell, Lee and Summerbee started to take the highest flight by storm.
The star trio led the membership to the title in solely their second season after promotion – due to a last day 4-3 victory over Newcastle.
His type earned him an England call-up whereas again at Maine Street, he helped Metropolis to the FA Cup.
Then in 1970 they did a double of kinds – lifting the League Cup and the European Cup Winners’ Cup.
With England he went to the World Cup that yr however it led to disappointment as they have been knocked out by West Germany within the quarter-finals.
A few years later, he did captain the Three Lions towards Northern Eire when Bobby Moore was out injured.
Again together with his membership, Metropolis’s glittering run got here to one thing of a halt – however Bell remained their shining mild.
He was additionally changing into a key participant for England when instantly every thing modified in a sport towards their previous rivals.
Metropolis will come out at Previous Trafford in retro Nineteen Sixties shirts with the No8 on the again on Wednesday night timeCredit score: Getty Photos – Getty
Manchester Metropolis named a stand after one in all their biggest gamers in 2004Credit score: Getty Photos – Getty
Bell was awarded an MBE a yr laterCredit score: PA:Press Affiliation
That critical harm got here when he was simply 29 – nonetheless in his pomp in some ways – and though he fought his method again he was by no means fairly the identical once more.
He left his beloved Metropolis in 1979 – having made virtually 500 appearances, scoring 152 objectives and together with his place within the membership’s folklore safe perpetually.
Bell returned to the membership as a youth coach and extra just lately as an envoy – whereas a stand on the Etihad Stadium was named after him in February 2004.
That may guarantee his legacy isn’t forgotten by anybody related to Manchester City.