Colin passed away peacefully this afternoon after a brief, non-covid-related illness, aged 74, leaving behind wife Marie, children Jon and Dawn and grandchildren, Luke, Mark, Isla and Jack

He is widely regarded as the best City player of his generation, playing 501 games and scoring 153 goals for the club over a 13-year stint

Known as Colin The King, fans voted to name a stand at Etihad Stadium after him in 2004, and his name is still regularly sung at games

The club’s chairman, Khaldoon Al Mubarak, presided over the honors, saying: “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 with us affiliated to our club

“I’m fortunate enough to have regular conversations with his former manager and teammates, and I realize Colin was one of those players who had the privilege of playing alongside him or seeing him play , was highly valued”The passage of time does little to erase memories of his 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.”

“Colin was incredibly humble and a humble and understated man with an obvious strength of character. He was clearly comfortable with who he was and what he had accomplished in the game. For the rest of us, there is always the thought of what might could be, if an injury hadn’t affected his career. Undoubtedly more trophies for City and far more than the 48 English caps

“Our club has lost a really big one. All thoughts and best wishes are with Colin’s family”

More honors from Colin’s teammates will be compiled on ManCitycom in the coming hours along with highlights from Colin’s career

And fans can add their messages to our online condolence book available from the link below

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