Manchester City legend Colin Bell has handed away on the age of 74 after a brief battle with sickness, the Premier League facet have confirmed.
Nicknamed the ‘Nijinsky’, in homage to the well-known Derby-winning horse, the previous England midfielder was one of many best gamers of his technology.
Bell was on the coronary heart of City’s profitable facet of the late 1960s and 70s, and is extensively considered one of many membership’s best-ever gamers.
He made 498 appearances for his beloved City throughout a 13-year stint, scoring a complete of 153 targets.
Bell was earmarked as long-term substitute for Bobby Charlton within the England midfield however, after the frustration of failing to qualify for the 1974 World Cup, successfully had his profession ended by a knee harm on the age of 29.
He additionally earned the nickname ‘The King of the Kippax’ after one of many terraces at their former Maine Highway house, and has a stand named after him on the Etihad Stadium after a followers vote.
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.”
City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak mentioned in an announcement on the membership web site: “Colin Bell will at all times be remembered as one in every of Manchester City’s biggest gamers and the very unhappy information as we speak of his passing will have an effect on everyone related to our membership.
“I’m lucky to have the ability to communicate repeatedly 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 reminiscences of his genius.
“The truth that we’ve got a stand on the Etihad Stadium named after Colin speaks volumes in regards to the significance of his contribution to this membership.”