Former Manchester City Star Francis Lee Passes Away at 79

The football world is mourning the loss of one of its greats. Former England and Manchester City striker Francis Lee has passed away at the age of 79.

Born in Westhoughton, Lancashire, Lee began his career at Bolton Wanderers, where he scored an impressive 92 goals in 182 games. His performances caught the attention of Manchester City, who signed him for a then club-record fee of £60,000.

At City, Lee became a key figure in one of the most successful periods in the club’s history. He helped the team clinch the First Division title in 1968, an FA Cup in 1969, and the European Cup Winners Cup in 1970. Over his career, he scored more than 200 goals and represented England 27 times.

After hanging up his boots in 1976, Lee transitioned into business and later became chairman of Manchester City in 1994. His passion for the club was evident throughout his tenure.

The news of Lee’s passing was announced by Manchester City. The club released a statement saying: “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Francis Lee. He was a true legend of the game and will be deeply missed by everyone at Manchester City. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.”

Lee’s contribution to football, both on and off the pitch, will be remembered for years to come. His legacy will continue to inspire future generations of footballers.