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Colin Bell Wiki – Biography

He was an English football player. He is known for his time being nicknamed “The King of the Kippax” in Manchester City (after his famous Kippax Street terraced stand on Maine Road) and Nijinsky (after his famous racehorse for his famous endurance).  Bell played as a midfielder and is considered one of the best Manchester City players ever.  Bell was part of the trio of Lee and Summerbee in Manchester City. In honor of the Colin Bell Stand at Manchester City Stadium

Colin Bell Age

He Was 74 Year Old

Colin Bell Biography & Career

Bell quickly started his career at Bury, where he became club captain. Bell played 82 league matches for Bury in total (three seasons) and scored 25 goals. In 1966 he moved to Manchester City for £ 45,000 (run by Joe Mercer). While Malcolm Allison tried to sign him for Manchester City, he misled other clubs that dealt with Bell (including Leicester City  by claiming that the player was “hopeless”. Allison’s strategy was successful when Bell eventually signed for City. During the 1965-66 season, Bell promoted to the first division, helping City finish first in division two. Bell made the rise by scoring one goal (with a header) in a 1-0 win against Rotherham. [9] In the 1966-67 season, Bell became City’s top scorer with 14 league goals, and the team finished fifteenth in the first league. Bell scored a hat trick with a 3-1 win against Stoke City in April that season.

In the 1967–68 season, Bell helped City win their second League Championship (they had won their first in 1937). Bell scored 14 league goals that season. One of Bell’s goals came in the famous 4-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Maine Road, dubbed ‘Ballet on Ice’ due to the snowy conditions in which the match was played. Jimmy Greaves scored for the Spurs while Mike Summerbee scored the other goals for Tony Coleman and Neil Young City. After the match, legendary center forward Dixie Dean informed Allison that the City team that beat the Spurs was “the brightest side I have ever seen.” [12] In the penultimate match of the season, Bell scored two goals in a 3–1 win against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane. In the game, Lee and Summerbee stretched out the Spurs defense and gave Bell a clear run on Dave Mackay, who took the Scotsman down, slowing down.  In the final match of the season, City defeated Newcastle 4-3 to secure the title. Bell helped Lee with ‘the best pass in the afternoon’ to score City’s fourth goal   Bell played twice for the England Under-23 team in 1968. He played a 2-1 win against Scotland Under 23, played by Martin Chivers. and Rodney Marsh scored for the England Under 23 team. He also played in a 4-0 victory against the Hungary Under 23 team. Bell scored one of four goals. Other strikers were Chivers, Marsh and Joe Royle. [ That same year, Bell won his first match against Sweden for the top England team, where he inspired goals by Martin Peters, Bobby Charlton and Roger Hunt in a 3-1 win. Bell won 48 caps for England and scored nine goals for his country. Bell was part of the England team for the UEFA Euro 1968, which was eventually won by Italy. England finished the tournament in third place after beating the USSR in third place. [

In the 1968-69 season, Bell scored fourteen league goals and City was thirteenth in the premier league. Manchester City won the FA Cup that season with a goal by Neil Young in the final, with a 1-0 win over Leicester City. [19] That same year, Bell stepped forward on the national team and scored England’s only goal in a 1-0 win against the Netherlands. [ Bell was part of the England team that toured South America in 1969. Brian Glanville claimed that both Bell and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Alan Mullery were successful in the round. Bell gave England an early lead in a match against Brazil, but Tostao and Jairzinho’s late goals gave Brazil a 2-1 win.  Bell also played in a 2-1 win against Uruguay on the tour. [24] He also helped England win the 1968-69 British Home Championship. He played in a 2-1 win against Wales, where Bobby Charlton and Francis Lee scored England’s goals

Bell scored eleven league goals for City in the 1969-70 season, finishing tenth in the league. Manchester City and Bell won two trophies in 1970, the League Cup and the European Cup Winners’ Cup. City beat West Brom 2-1 in the 1970 Football League Cup Final, where Mike Doyle and Glyn Pardoe scored City’s goals. [26] City beat Górnik Zabrze 2-1 in the 1970 European Cup Winners’ Cup Final with goals by Neil Young and Francis Lee.

1970 World Cup
Bell played in the 1969–70 British Home Championship, shared between England, Wales and Scotland. He scored a 3-1 victory over Northern Ireland, replacing Keith Newton. [28] He was later included in the England squad for the World Cup in Mexico. Brian Glanville claims that Bell’s excellence threatened Bobby Charlton’s place in the England team. England were trying to replicate their performance in the 1966 FIFA World Cup, which they won. Bell’s City teammate Francis Lee was also in the squad. To help the players adjust to Mexico’s heat, the team organized an in-team mini-Olympics that saw Bell win every event.  During the group stage, Bell came as backup.

Colin Bell Death Cause

Bell later became a coach and one of the club ambassadors for Manchester City’s youth and reserve teams. [87] He was awarded an MBE in 2004 for his service to the community. [88]

Bell was diagnosed with bowel cancer shortly after his autobiography, Reluctant Hero, was released in 2005. He detailed how his mother died of the same disease and was encouraged to examine him. He was operated within three weeks after the diagnosis was made. [87] He died on January 5, 2021, at the age of 74. He suffered from a brief illness until his death.

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