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In memory of Colin Bell

Colin Bell

The PFA are deeply saddened by the passing of Manchester City legend Colin Bell, aged 74.

Known as King of the Kippax, Bell is regarded as one of the greatest players to have ever played for Manchester City.

During his 13 years at the club, Bell made 501 appearances, scored 153 goals and successfully assisted the Blues in winning the First Division title, FA Cup, League Cup and European Cup Winners' Cup.

Bell began his career at Bury and was brought to Maine Road in 1966 by then City coach Malcolm Allison in a £47,500 deal.

Under the management of Joe Mercer, with Bell playing alongside Mike Summerbee and Francis Lee, Manchester City went on to become a successful force during the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Colin Bell

Bell was known for being modest, humble and quietly spoken but his grace and athleticism on the pitch earnt him the nickname Nijinsky, after the outstanding racehorse.

Bell won 48 caps for his country, scoring nine goals and was part of the 1970 World Cup squad.

In 1975 he suffered a severe injury during a derby game against Manchester United and was never able to regain his previous form.

He had a brief spell playing for the San Jose Earthquakes in the American soccer league before retiring from playing.

Bell later went on to become a coach at Manchester City and was awarded an MBE for services to the community. 

In 2004, Manchester City fans voted to name one of the stands at Etihad Stadium in Bell's honour.

A true all-rounder, he will forever be regarded as one of England’s and Manchester City’s most complete players.

The thoughts and condolences of everyone at the PFA are with Colin's family and friends.

 

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