Man City pay homage to Colin Bell with retro No 8 shirts in his memory

Manchester City pay homage to club legend Colin Bell after his death this week by wearing retro No 8 shirts before Carabao Cup semi-final showdown at rivals United

  • Colin Bell passed away aged 74 after a long-term illness on Tuesday afternoon
  • Bell was a Manchester City legend – scoring 152 goals in 492 games for the club
  • Manchester City travelled to bitter rivals United in the Carabao Cup semi-final
  • Before Wednesday night’s match, City paid homage to the ‘King of the Kippax’

Tributes towards Manchester City legend Colin Bell’s passing have continued with the club paying their respects during their Carabao Cup semi-final showdown at rivals Manchester United.

Bell died on Tuesday afternoon at the age of 74 after a long-term illness.

The former midfielder is regarded as one of the greatest players in City’s history as he won all three major domestic trophies at Maine Road and was part of the team to lift the 1970 European Cup Winners’ Cup.

Manchester City players wore retro No 8 shirts in memory of Colin Bell who died on Tuesday

City did the gesture ahead of their Carabao Cup semi-final at rivals Manchester United

City players also wore black armbands as they paid their respects to their legendary midfielder

There was a minute’s silence before the match too as United and City paid their respects

Pep Guardiola (centre) and his backroom staff observe the minute’s silence at Old Trafford

Tributes are pouring in for Manchester City legend Bell who has passed away aged 74

City confirmed the news on Tuesday afternoon about Bell who had battled a long-term illness

Wednesday’s fixture was City’s first since his passing and they paid homage to the ‘King of the Kippax’ by wearing retro shirts based on his No 8 shirt at the club as they walked out on to Old Trafford ahead of kick-off.

City, and United, both wore black armbands too and there was a minute’s silence as they paid their respects to Bell.

Bell remained a regular at the Etihad Stadium in an ambassadorial role on matchdays and charmed supporters with tales of his 13-year stay at the club after joining from Bury in 1966.

Bell is pictured in action for City during a Division 1 game against Coventry in January 1970

Bell spent 13 years as a player at Maine Road, winning both the first and second division titles 

The club named a stand after the 48-cap England international in 2004 after he scored 152 goals in 492 appearances.  

In his first year helped City secure promotion to the top flight that year and was one of their stand-out players as they edged out Manchester United to win the First Division title in 1968.

FA Cup success followed in 1969 as well as two more trophies in 1970 – the League Cup and the European Cup Winners’ Cup. Bell was the club’s top scorer three times.

Bell, dubbed the King of the Kippax, seen playing in the 1972 Charity Shield versus Aston Villa

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