Colin Bell

Birth Day February 26th, 1946
Birth Place Hesleden, England
Age 78 Years Old
Zodiac Sign Pisces

Colin Bell Biography

An English professional footballer, Colin Bell was well recognized for his thirteen-year spell at Manchester City. He was regarded as one of the club's finest-ever players and was part of the Bell-Lee-Summerbee trio in the late 1960s and 1970s. He played as a midfielder and had made forty-eight appearances for the England national football team. He made his professional debut with Bury FC in 1963. He was also inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame and named to the Football League 100 Legends list. As well, he was an unused squad member at UEFA Euro 1968 and played in three matches at the 1970 FIFA World Cup. Bell made 501 appearances for City over a 13-year spell with the club, winning the First Division title, FA Cup, League Cup, and European Cup Winners' Cup and scoring 153 goals during his time in Manchester. Sadly, we lost such a versatile footballer on 5th January 2021 at the age of 74. Scroll down to know more about Colin Bell's Full Biography, Untold Story, Interesting Facts, Career Timeline, Personal Life & Affairs.

Colin Bell Cause of Death 

Colin Bell, an English professional footballer passed away on 5th January 2021 at the age of 74 after a short illness. Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak led the tributes, saying: "Colin Bell will always be remembered as one of Manchester City's greatest players and the very sad news today of his passing will affect everybody connected to our club". May his soul rest in peace.

Famous For

  • Being an English professional footballer.
  • For his thirteen-year spell at Manchester City.

Colin Bell, a professional footballer died at 74

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Colin Bell Early Life

On 26th February 1946, Colin Bell opened his eyes for the first time in Hesleden, England (birth nation/birthplace). He held British nationality and British-white ethnicity. He was from Christianity religion and his race was white. He used to happily celebrate his birthday on 26th February of every year and he lastly celebrated his 74th birthday though as his birthdate, his star sign was Pisces. As an English professional footballer, he has not shared much about his parents as well as educational details.

Colin Bell Career

  • Colin Bell commenced his football career at Bury where he was swiftly made club captain and made eighty-two league appearances for Bury (in three seasons) and scored twenty-five goals but he moved to Manchester City for 45,000 pounds in 1966 as he helped City finish first in the Second Division, earning the team promotion to the First Division. He scored the only goal (via a header) in a 1-0 victory against Rotherham which ensured promotion whereas he scored a hat trick in a 3-1 victory against Stoke City in April that season.
  • He also helped City win their second League Championship in the  1967-1968 season. One of his goals came in the famous 4-1 victory against Tottenham Hotspur, at Maine Road, and scored twice in a 3-1 victory against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane. 
  • He again scored fourteen league goals as City finished thirteenth in the First Division in 1968-1969 as City won the FA Cup that season with a 1-0 victory over Leicester City in the final thanks to a goal by Neil Young as well as he scored eleven league goals for City, who finished tenth in the league in the 1969-1970 season.
  • As well, he scored thirteen goals for City who finished eleventh in the First Division in the 1970-1971 season and helped City reach the 1974 Football League Cup Final, in which he scored in a 2-1 defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the 1973-1974 season.
  • He also played for City in a 1-0 victory against Manchester United in the final game of the season as he scored fifteen league goals in the 1974-1975 season and was named in the 1974-75 Football League First Division PFA Team of the Year.
  • Bell tried to resurrect his career in 1980 with NASL side San Jose Earthquakes, where he joined former Manchester United player George Best however, he ended up playing only five games for the club before retiring from football altogether.

International career

  • Colin played twice for England Under 23 team in 1968 as he played in a 2-1 victory against Scotland Under 23 team in which Martin Chivers and Rodney Marsh scored for England Under 23 team though he also played in a 4-0 victory against Hungary Under 23 team as well as he on his first cap for the senior England team against Sweden in the following year, where he helped inspire goals from Martin Peters, Bobby Charlton and Roger Hunt in a 3-1 victory.
  • Bell distinguished himself in the national team, scoring England's only goal in a 1-0 victory over the Netherlands in an "all-action display" in 1969 as he gave England an early lead in a game against Brazil, but late goals from Tostao and Jairzinho gave Brazil a 2-1 victory and also he helped England to win the 1968-1969 British Home Championship. He played in a 2-1 victory against Wales.
  • Colin also played in the 1969-1970 British Home Championship however he replaced Keith Newton in a 3-1 victory against Northern Ireland and he came on as a substitute in a 1-0 defeat to Brazil.
  • He then played for England in the 1971-1972 British Home Championship which was shared with Scotland. Bell scored in a 3-0 victory against Wales.
  • Similarly, he scored a brace in Don Revie's first game in charge of England, a 3-0 victory over Czechoslovakia, and helped England defeat the then World Champions, Germany, 2-0, in 1975.
  • Also, he helped England to win the 1974-1975 British Home Championship although he played in a 0-0 draw with Northern Ireland, a 2-2 draw with Wales, and a 5-1 victory against Scotland.
  • Besides, he had played for the New European Common Market (NECM) in January 1973 as  Bell scored a goal in a 5-0 victory for The Football League XI against the Scottish Football League XI at Maine Road in March 1974.
  • Furthermore, his autobiography, "Reluctant Hero", was released in 2005. 
  • Later Colin became a coach for the youth and reserve teams of Manchester City, as well as one of its club ambassadors.

Colin Bell Awards, Honors, and Achievements 

  • Manchester City Player of the Year: 1968 
  • PFA Football League Division 1 Team of the Year: 1974-1975 
  • Football League 100 Legends: 1998 
  • Manchester City Hall of Fame: 2004 
  • English Football Hall of Fame: 2005
  • British Home Championship

Colin Bell Personal Life

Reflecting on Colin Bell's personal life, he was a married guy. He tied a knot with Marie with whom he was in a romantic relationship for a long time. The pair had given birth to two children, Jon and Daw. They also had four grandchildren Luke, Mark, Isla, and Jack. Colin's and Marie's relationship was outstanding but their relationship with one another ended after Colin's death on 5th January 2021. Furthermore, talking about his sexual orientation, he was straight.

Colin Bell with his wife, Marie and their kid

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Colin Bell Net Worth 

Moving towards Colin Bell's net worth, he had a worth of around millions of dollars as 2020. He had earned a fine amount of money from his career however, he also earned a handsome amount of salary too which was also around millions of dollars per year. He had not done any endorsement work. In addition, his major source of income was from his football career and he was happy and satisfied with his profession.

Colin Bell Body Measurement 

The handsome and versatile footballer, Colin Bell stood at a perfect height of 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) with a balanced bodyweight of around 75 kg. He kept his body maintained at that age too which was so outstanding. Colin had brown eyes and blonde hair color as his bodybuild type was athletic. Additionally, he was diagnosed with bowel cancer. He detailed how his mother died from that same disease and was encouraged to have it examined himself. He was operated on within three weeks of the diagnosis.

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