Club unveil statue in tribute to Bell, Lee and Summerbee

By Ric Turner, Tue 28 November 2023 07:53

Club unveil statue in tribute to Bell, Lee and SummerbeeBlues legends honoured with bronze artwork created by David Williams-Ellis

City have today unveiled a statue that pays tribute to former players Colin Bell, Francis Lee and Mike Summerbee.

The trio were at the heart of the club's success in the late 1960s and early 1970s, when the Blues won the First Division title, the FA Cup, the League Cup and the European Cup Winners' Cup between 1968-71.

The statue, created by David Williams-Ellis, is situated on the west side of the Etihad Stadium and is inscribed with the names of all 29 players who contributed to this trophy-winning period.

Chairman, Khaldoon Al Mubarak said: “This statue honours three players who are unquestionably City legends and have deservedly earned a special place in the history of the Club and hearts of the whole City family.

“The artist’s decision to feature the three men in motion on a single plinth, as well as include the 29 names of their teammates, gives us the opportunity to acknowledge a trophy-winning era of City football history that has, and will, resonate for generations to come.”

Mike Summerbee added: “This is a truly special moment for me and my family. I joined Manchester City in 1965 and it is the best decision I could have possibly made. 60 years later, I am still here, still treated with such respect.

“I feel incredibly lucky to be recognised in this way, amongst friends whose contribution to our history this Club never forgets, despite the amazing success we have enjoyed in recent years. It is an honour to be part of this extraordinary Club.”