Former Manchester City Striker Confirmed Dead


Manchester City legendary striker, Francis Lee, who also made a mark in international football with the Three Lions of England has passed away.

Francis Lee who received a CBE in 2016 for his services to football and charity, died at the age of 79.

Manchester City confirmed that Lee died on Monday, October 2, after a prolonged fight with cancer.

In his eight years with City, Francis Lee scored 148 goals in 330 appearances, which helped the team achieve success, which included the 1968 First Division championship.

Lee also won the FA Cup, League Cup, European Cup Winners’ Cup, and three Charity Shields while he was playing for City.

In 1994, he rejoined the club and served as its president for four years.

Lee, who began his professional career at Bolton Wanderers before joining City, helped Derby County win their second league championship in 1975 after joining the club from City.

He scored 10 goals in 27 games while playing for the Three Lions of England.

A statement from Manchester City reads: “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.”

The club added: “Francis’ 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.

“More tributes from the club will follow in the coming days.”


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