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Manchester City legend Francis Lee dies aged 79



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Former Manchester City player and chairman Francis Lee has died aged 79, the club have announced.

Lee, who spent eight-years at Manchester City as a player, scored 148 goals in 330 appearances for the club, winning the First Division title, FA Cup, League Cup, European Cup Winners’ Cup and two Charity Shields.

The club legend returned as Chairman in 1994, and made 27 caps for England during his playing career.

Lee, who’s career included playing for Bolton Wanderers and Derby County, passed away after a long battle with cancer, Manchester City announced.

A statement published by Manchester City Football Club, read: “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.

“A Club legend in every sense, Francis made 330 appearances for City, scoring 148 goals.

“He won one First Division title, one FA Cup, one League Cup, a European Cup Winners’ Cup and two Charity Shields during a glittering eight-year spell as a player – a legacy that ensures his position among Manchester City’s all-time greats is secure.

“He would later return to City as club Chairman in 1994, spending four years at the helm.

“Franny passed away in the early hours of this 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.

“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.”

Everyone at City Xtra sends their thoughts to the family and friends of Francis Lee.