Former Manchester City and England midfielder Colin Bell dies at 74

Former Manchester City and England midfielder Colin Bell has died at the age of 74, the club have announced.

Bell made 492 appearances and scored 152 goals for City during his 13-year stay after joining from Bury in 1966.

A club statement read: "Colin passed away peacefully this afternoon after a short, non-Covid related illness, aged 74. He leaves behind wife Marie, children Jon and Dawn and grandchildren, Luke, Mark, Isla and Jack."

Bell earned the nickname 'The King of the Kippax' after one of the terraces at their former Maine Road home, and has a stand named after him at the Etihad Stadium after a fans vote.

City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said in a statement on the club website: "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 everybody connected to our club.

"I am fortunate to be able to speak regularly to his former manager and team-mates, and it's clear to me that Colin was a player held in the highest regard by all those who had the privilege of playing alongside him or seeing him play.

"The passage of time does little to erase the memories of his genius. The fact that we have a stand at the Etihad Stadium named after Colin speaks volumes about the importance of his contribution to this club."

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Manchester City's Colin Bell (l) tracks back as Manchester United's Bobby Charlton (r) drives forward (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
Newcastle United v Manchester City, league match at St james Park, Saturday 11th May 1968, Manchester City players George Heslop (left) and Colin Bell celebrate in the dressing room as City become Champions, Final score: Newcastle United 3-4 Manchester City. (Photo by Manchester Evening News/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
Manchester City's Bobby Owen (second l) is congratulated by teammates (l-r) Francis Lee, Neil Young and Colin Bell after scoring one of his two goals (Photo by Peter Robinson/EMPICS via Getty Images)
English League Division One match at Anfield. Liverpool 2 v Manchester City 1. City's Colin Bell tries a diving header watched by Mike Summerbee and Liverpool defender Peter Wall. 10th August 1968. (Photo by Daily Mirror/Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images)
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England's Colin Bell (third right) flicks the ball on, watched by teammates Frank Worthington (left) and Mick Channon (second right), and Scotland's Jim Holton (second left), Kenny Dalglish (third left) and David Harvey (right) (Photo by Peter Robinson/EMPICS via Getty Images)
Colin Bell, Manchester City (Photo by Peter Robinson/EMPICS via Getty Images)
England and Manchester City's Colin Bell, wearing his Manchester City shirt, sits on the bonnet of his new Ford which he can use for the year courtesy of Fords of Britain. (Photo by V. Fowler/PA Images via Getty Images)
Colin Bell, Jimmy Tarbuck and Bobby Charlton pose with some turkeys, 23rd December 1971. (Photo by Staff/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
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Former Manchester City player Colin Bell pitch side prior to the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London. (Photo by Mike Egerton/PA Images via Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29: Former Manchester City player Mike Summerbee (C) poses with Tony Book (L) and Colin Bell marking 50 years since Summerbee joined the club during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Watford at Etihad Stadium on August 29, 2015 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 14: England manager Roy Hodgson talks to former Manchester City player Colin Bell prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at Etihad Stadium on February 14, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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