Francis Lee passes away aged 79
By Ric Turner, Tue 03 October 2023 15:12
Club legend and ex-chairman dies after battle with cancer
Club legend Francis Lee has passed away aged 79, it was announced yesterday.
Lee made 330 appearances for City, scoring 148 goals, during one of the most successful periods in the club's history. He helped the Blues to the First Division title, FA Cup, League Cup and European Cup Winners' Cup during his eight years at Maine Road.
He returned to the club as chairman in 1994, but left four years later after a difficult period in charge.
Current chairman Khaldoon Al-Mubarak paid a glowing tribute to Lee:
"Francis will always be remembered as one of Manchester City’s greats. His critical contribution to the Club’s unprecedented success in the 60s and 70s was characterised by flair, dynamism and excitement.
"His record as the Club’s top scorer for five consecutive seasons, his many goals for Club and Country, and his 27 England caps, are all testament to his quality as a player. These are records that will stand the test of time. But, what should also never be forgotten is that, as both player and Chairman, he constantly demonstrated his love, passion and commitment to the Club. It was an extension of his larger than life personality. A personality that made an impression wherever he went.
"His passing will sadden not only those connected to Manchester City, but the wider football family. On behalf of everyone at the Club, our thoughts, thanks, and deepest sympathies are with Francis’ family and friends.”