Frail England and Manchester Metropolis midfielder Colin Bell has died at the age of 74 after a transient illness.
Bell made 501 appearances for Metropolis over a 13-year spell with the club, winning the First Division title, FA Cup, League Cup and European Cup Winners’ Cup and scoring 153 targets all through his time in Manchester.
He also scored 9 targets in 48 video games for England and became piece of the 1970 World Cup squad.
Manchester Metropolis’s gamers will stroll out in retro shirts bearing Bell’s quantity eight on them for Wednesday evening’s game in opposition to Manchester United.
Is understood as Colin The King, in 2004 Metropolis fans voted to title a stand all during the Etihad Stadium after him and his title is mute sung most regularly at fits.
Manchester Metropolis chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak led the tributes, saying: “Colin Bell will at all times be remembered as one of Manchester Metropolis’s finest gamers and the very sad data at the unique time of his passing will affect all people linked to our club.
“I’m lucky in express to talk most regularly to his conventional manager and teammates, and or now not it’s obvious to me that Colin became a participant held within the finest regard by all those that had the privilege of playing alongside him or seeing him play. The passage of time does runt to erase the memories of his genius.
“The reality that we now possess a stand at the Etihad Stadium named after Colin speaks volumes regarding the importance of his contribution to this club.
“Colin became incredibly humble and a modest and understated man with an glaring internal energy of personality. He became clearly chuffed with who he became and what he had executed within the sport. For the comfort of us, there is at all times the conception of what could well well were if anxiousness had now not affected his career. Positively extra trophies for Metropolis and diagram over the 49 England caps to his title.
“Our Club has lost a factual tremendous. All people’s thoughts and simplest desires are with Colin’s family.”