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Manchester City legend Francis Lee dies aged 79

Lee scored 148 goals in 330 appearances for City and later returned to the club as chairman after his retirement

 

Luke Baker

Monday 02 October 2023 22:01 BST

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Manchester City legend Francis Lee has died at the age of 79, the club has confirmed.

 

Lee is widely regarded as one of City’s greatest players of all time, having scored 148 goals in 330 appearances for the club in a trophy-laden eight-year spell between 1967 and 1974 that saw them claim one First Division title, one FA Cup, one League Cup, a European Cup Winners’ Cup and two Charity Shields.

 

He also earned 27 caps for England, scoring 10 goals, and enjoyed further trophy success at Derby County after leaving City, helping the Rams to the league title in 1975.

 

Man City confirmed his passing in a club statement: “It is with the deepest sadness and heaviest of hearts we announce the passing of former Manchester City player and chairman Francis Lee, aged 79.

 

“Franny passed away in the early hours of this [Monday] 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.

 

Lee in action for England against Scotland in 1971 (Getty)

“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.”

 

Lee had begun his career with Bolton Wanderers before Manchester City manager Joe Mercer signed him for a club-record transfer fee of £60,000 in 1967. He also made history at Mexico in 1970 where he became the first England player to receive a card at a World Cup.

 

After his playing career finished Lee ran a successful toilet roll business, becoming a millionaire, and returned to Man City as club chairman in 1994, spending four years at the helm.

 

In the 2016 New Year Honours list, he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to football and charity.

 

Chairman Lee with new City manager Steve Coppell in 1996 (Hulton Archive)

Lee’s first club Bolton posted their condolences on X, formerly Twitter, stating: “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.”

 

Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher, who is a big Man City fan, also posted on X: “FRANNY LEE RIP”.

 

“Former Liverpool, Nottingham Forest and England striker Stan Collymore – who now works as a football pundit – also expressed his sorrow at Lee’s passing.

 

He wrote: “Sending sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Franny Lee. Had some lovely chats over the years on here and at City where he rightly had his status acknowledged by the club over the years. Another legend gone too soon. Rest in peace, Franny.”

 

Recent City captain Vincent Kompany wrote on X that he was “Saddened to hear of the passing of Francis Lee today, aged 79. I had the honour of meeting him and speaking to him on more than a few occasions and will cherish these moments”.

 

Another City stalwart Paul Dickov wrote: “A gentleman, proper football man with a great sense of humour. The main reason I signed for @ManCity with his sheer love for the club & will be forever grateful.”

 

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Sergio Aguero Says He Could Have Died in Car Crash Without Seatbelt

GIANNI VERSCHUEREN

OCTOBER 12, 2017

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has revealed his recent car crash in Amsterdam, which resulted in his suffering a broken rib, could have resulted in his death had he not worn a seatbelt.

 

Speaking to TyC Sports (h/t Sky Sports’ Rory O’Callaghan), Aguero said he didn’t realise he got very lucky until he arrived at the hospital: “When I got to the hospital I asked the doctor if I could play for City on the Saturday [against Stoke]. He said, ‘I don’t believe so.’ I took a moment to think and realised it’s thanks to wearing a seatbelt that I’m able to talk about this at all.”

 

 

The 29-year-old traveled to the Netherlands on a day off but was involved in an accident as a passenger. Per O’Callaghan, the vehicle hit a pillar. As you can see in this photo, the damage to the car was significant:

 

 

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Because of the injury, the Argentina international was unable to feature in his nation’s crucial 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Peru and Ecuador. The Argentinians only narrowly qualified for the tournament thanks to a 3-1 win over the latter team, with Lionel Messi netting a hat-trick.

 

Per BBC Sport, he returned to training in Manchester earlier this week.

 

 

 

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