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Manchester City legend Lee dies

Former Manchester City forward and chairman Francis Lee has died, the club have announced.

Lee, who was 79, made 330 appearances for City, scoring 148 goals, helping the club win silverware both domestically and in Europe. He won 27 caps for England, scoring 10 goals, in a career that also included spells at Bolton and Derby.

He took over as City chairman in 1994, resigning in 1998 after a difficult four years in charge.

A City statement 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.

“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.”

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.
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