Colin Bell, one of his generation’s greatest English midfielders and known to be an all-time great at Manchester City, has died. He’d been 74. Bell, whose legacy lives on in the Etihad Stadium’s ‘Colin Bell Stand’ named after him, died, City said, after a brief illness not related to the coronavirus.
In a statement, City Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said, “Colin Bell will always be remembered as one of Manchester City’s greatest players and the very sad news today of his passing will affect everyone linked to our club.”
To erase the memories of his genius, the passing of time does nothing. The fact that we have a stand named after Colin at the Etihad Stadium speaks volumes about the significance of his contribution to this club.
Bell was at the core of the prosperous side of the City of the late 1960s and 70s, regarded as “The King of the Kippax” by fans and likened to a racehorse by coach Malcolm Allison because of his exceptional endurance.
Over 13 seasons, he made 492 appearances for the club, scoring 152 goals, and also won 48 caps for England, netting 9 times. These figures could have been greater had his career not been curtailed by injury.