Bell is referred to by many as the greatest Manchester City player of all time, regardless of the club’s recent success

The midfielder was an inexhaustible box-to-box midfielder whose exceptional sportiness earned him the nickname “Nijinsky” after a thoroughbred racehorse of the time

Bell was signed by Bury in 1966 and over the next 13 years collected 394 appearances for the Blues, scored 117 goals and won 48 caps for England

He was a key man in Joe Mercer’s team that won the league in 1968, the FA Cup in 1969, and both the European Cup Winners’ Cup and League Cup in 1970

Tonight, Manchester City confirmed that Colin Bell, who lived in Cheshire, had died this afternoon after a brief illness unrelated to Covid

He leaves behind Mrs. Marie, children Jon and Dawn and grandchildren, Luke, Mark, Isla and Jack

He is widely considered to be the best City player of his generation, playing 492 games and scoring 152 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 49 English caps

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

Manchester City players will go out of the running in retro jerseys with the number 8 on their backs at Old Trafford on Wednesday night to mark the death of club legend Colin Bell

Pep Guardiola and his squad will get a fair tribute to him when they face Ole Gunnar Solskjaers United in the Carabao Cup semi-finals at Old Trafford The team wears the jerseys in the style of the 1960s with Bell’s number before the kick-off

There are also plans to make a big splash for the club in Sunday’s FA Cup home game against Birmingham City More details are expected later in the week

“For so many Manchester City fans, there will never be anyone who can be compared to Colin the King

Colin Bell, a shy, humble man from County Durham, joined the club in 1966 from neighbors Bury and for the next 13 years wrote his name in the history books and in the hearts and minds of everyone who watched him “

“He was a great, great player, and he was a phenomenal athlete and a phenomenal footballer

“He could have been an Olympic athlete if he’d given it up. I remember struggling through Wythenshawe Park during our training sessions and Colin just walking past me like it was a walk without beads of sweat.” / p>

“It made you realize what an athlete he was, one of the great players in Manchester City history

“Col was such a lovely man too. Very calm and humble, and all the gamers held him in high regard as both a player and a person

“He never bragged about his talent or skills – he just did his job and his job was to be a professional footballer and play for the club he loved”

“The main thing is that he was a fantastic player and a very important part of the successful team that City had from the late 1960s

“It was unfortunate that he was injured because it cut his career off by a good four or five years. You tend to think 28, 29, if there’s any chance you know everything, you know !

“He had tremendous stamina. He was technically a very good player and had the ability to score

“He’s one of the five best city players of all time – only in the last 10 or 15 years has someone else come along who can take on this coat”

“Colin was a lovely, humble man. He was a big star for Manchester City, but you never would have known

“He was calm, humble and I always think he never knew how good he actually was

“Kevin De Bruyne reminds me a lot of Colin, the way he plays and what he is as a person

“Colin was very close to all of us, and Tony Book in particular – they used to go to the games together and I only spoke to Tony for a short time tonight because it hit him very hard, as it did all of us

“Even though I knew he was bad for a while, I didn’t expect to lose him – it’s a complete shock

“He was a very nice man, and when you are very close to someone you don’t have to see him every day, week, or even month – there is a friendship and bond between playing, training and working together for so many years that will always be there

“He’s been adored by the City fans, and with our backers saying he’s the best they’ve ever seen, you don’t get a better compliment than that, do you?

“Devastated to hear that Colin Bell has diedOne of the greatest, if not THE greatest players to ever wear the & city jersey, more than anything the nicest & man you could ever meet.” / p>

Dr Jon Bell, a specialist advisor at The Christie, told MEN last year that his father’s career inadvertently helped him start a career in medicine

He said spending time with his father in the Maine Road treatment room during his grueling rehabilitation piqued his interest in medicine

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