Colin Bell, MBE

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Colin was a skillful player who was capped 48 times (1968-1975) by England and though only scoring nine times, was a goal-maker from his midfield positions. He played 82 games (36 goals) for Bury from 1963-1966 before being snapped up by Manchester City, for whom he appeared 394 times and scored 117 goals. The Manchester supporters named him ‘Nijinsky’, after the famous racehorse, due to his renowned stamina. In 2004 the West Stand at the club’s ground was named after him. He moved to the USA to play just five games in 1980 for San Jose Earthquakes. Current City manager Pep Guardiola called him “The King” and dedicated a win to him, saying “he was something special”. He has been called “the most finished article in the modern game”.