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Francis Lee: Former England, Manchester City and Bolton striker dies

Francis Lee played for Bolton, Derby and Manchester City during his 17-year career. He scored more than 200 career league goals, as well as 10 goals in 27 appearances for England, and was also City chairman between 1994 and 1998.

 

 

Francis Lee pictured in a Manchester City kit

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Francis Lee during his time at Manchester City

Former England and Manchester City striker Francis Lee has died aged 79 after a battle with cancer.

 

Lee won two old First Division titles, scored more than 200 career goals and represented England 27 times, scoring 10 goals, in a 17-year career.

 

Lee started his career at Bolton, scoring 92 goals in 182 games, before moving to City for a then club-record Ā£60k. He went on to help the club win the First Division title in 1968, as well an FA Cup (1969) and the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1970.

 

He was City’s top scorer for five consecutive seasons from 1969/70 to 1973/74, winning the club’s Player of the Year award in 1970 and the 1971 Golden Boot award.

 

Francis Lee (2nd left) and his team-mates parade the League Cup before a first division match against Crystal Palace in 1970

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Lee (second left) and his City team-mates parade the League Cup before a First Division match against Crystal Palace in 1970

Manchester City’s Francis Lee in action during first division match against Manchester United at Old Trafford in 1973

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Lee in action for City during a First Division match against Manchester United at Old Trafford in 1973

Francis Lee acknowledges the crowd at Maine Road during his time as Manchester City Chairman

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Lee acknowledges the crowd at Maine Road during his time as City chairman

Lee would move to Derby in 1974 and help the club to win the First Division title that year, scoring 12 goals in the process – including the winner against City.

 

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After retiring from playing in 1976, Lee went into business and famously employed the comedian Peter Kay in his toilet roll factory.

 

He became chairman of City in 1994 but resigned four years later with the club on the brink of relegation to the third tier of English football. In 2016, Lee was appointed a CBE for his services to charity and football.

 

A City statement said: “Franny passed away in the early hours of this morning after a long battle with cancer. His wife Gill and children Charlotte, Jonny and Nik say he will be sorely missed and would like to thank everyone for their kind words.

 

“Everyone at Manchester City would like to send their condolences to the friends and family of Francis at this very difficult time.

 

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

 

Bolton Wanderers posted on X, formerly known as Twitter: “All at Bolton Wanderers are saddened to learn of the passing of former forward, Francis Lee. The thoughts of everyone at the club are with Francis’ family, friends and loved ones at this difficult time.”

 

Former Manchester City striker Paul Dickov also posted on X: “Such sad news to hear of the passing Francis Lee. A gentleman, proper football man with a great sense of humour.

 

“The main reason I signed for Man City was his sheer love for the club and will be forever grateful. Love and condolences to all his family and friends. RIP Mr Chairman.”

 

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