Tributes flood in as Man Metropolis legend Colin Bell passes away aged 74
Former Manchester Metropolis and England midfielder Colin Bell has died on the age of 74, the membership have introduced.
Bell made 492 appearances and scored 152 objectives for Metropolis throughout his 13-year keep after becoming a member of from Bury in 1966.
A membership assertion learn: “Colin handed away peacefully this afternoon after a brief, non-Covid associated sickness, aged 74. He leaves behind spouse Marie, kids Jon and Daybreak and grandchildren, Luke, Mark, Isla and Jack.”
Bell earned the nickname ‘The King of the Kippax’ after one of many terraces at their former Maine Street residence, and has a stand named after him on the Etihad Stadium after a followers vote.
Metropolis chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak mentioned in a press release on the membership web site: “Colin Bell will all the time be remembered as one in every of Manchester Metropolis’s best gamers and the very unhappy information at this time of his passing will have an effect on everyone related to our membership.
“I’m lucky to have the ability to communicate usually to his former supervisor and team-mates, and it’s clear to me that Colin was a participant held within the highest regard by all those that had the privilege of taking part in alongside him or seeing him play.
“The passage of time does little to erase the recollections of his genius. The truth that we now have a stand on the Etihad Stadium named after Colin speaks volumes concerning the significance of his contribution to this membership.”
Former Metropolis ahead Paul Dickov wrote on Twitter: “Devastated to listen to of passing of Colin Bell…One of many best if not THE best participant to ever put on the Metropolis shirt & greater than something the nicest & most humble man you could possibly ever meet. Ideas, love & prayers to all of the Bell household. RIP Legend.”
A beautiful, humble man
Metropolis team-mate Mike Summerbee paid tribute to “a beautiful, humble man”.
Summerbee mentioned on the membership’s official web site: “He was an enormous star for Manchester Metropolis, however you’d by no means have identified it.
“He was quiet, unassuming and I all the time imagine he by no means knew how good he truly was. He was simply the best footballer we now have ever had.
“Kevin De Bruyne jogs my memory a number of Colin in the best way he performs and the best way he’s as an individual.”
Former England worldwide Summerbee added: “He was adored by the Metropolis followers and for our supporters to say he’s the most effective they’ve ever seen, you don’t get a greater praise than that, do you?
“He was very particular and he can be very sadly missed.”
Gary Lineker mentioned on Twitter: “Saddened to listen to that Colin Bell has handed away. Certainly one of my favorite gamers after I was rising up. Terrific field to field midfielder. An actual gem for @ManCity and @England. #RIPColin.”
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