Manchester City legend Colin Bell has passed away after a “short, non-COVID related illness” at the age of 74.

Bell is widely regarded to be the finest City player of his generation, making 501 appearances and scoring 153 goals for the club during a 13-year stay.

He was also capped 48 times by England – and his appearances for both club and country would have been far higher but for a devastating knee injury he suffered in 1975.

Known as Colin The King, fans in 2004 voted to name a stand inside the Etihad Stadium after him and his name is still sung regularly at matches. – IANS