Manchester City pay tribute to Francis Lee

2 Oct 2023
Francis Lee, Man City

Club legend who won six trophies in eight years passes away aged 79

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Manchester City have paid tribute to former player and chairman Francis Lee, who has passed away at the age of 79. 

Lee scored 148 goals in 330 appearances for Man City and won one First Division title, one FA Cup, one League Cup, a European Cup Winners’ Cup and two Community Shields during his eight years at the club.

He was also capped 27 times by England and scored 10 goals, featuring in the 1970 FIFA World Cup.

After hanging up his boots, Lee returned to Man City as chairman in 1994 and spent four years in the role.

A Man City statement said: "A statue outside the Etihad Stadium commemorating Francis' legacy has been commissioned, as confirmed by club chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak in May 2022. 

"As a mark of respect, flags around the Etihad Stadium and City Football Academy are flying at half-mast."

Lee's career started at Bolton Wanderers where he broke into the side as a 16-year-old in 1959. 

He scored 106 goals in 210 matches over eight seasons before signing for City for a then club-record fee of £60,000.

After leaving City in 1974, Lee joined Derby County and spent two seasons there before retiring.

Everyone at the Premier League sends their condolences to Man City and to Lee's family and friends during this difficult time.

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