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City Legends Bell, Lee, and Summerbee immortalised in new Etihad sculpture

A newly unveiled statue at the Ethiad immortalises the legendary trio of Colin Bell, Francis Lee, and Mike Summerbee, who guided Manchester City to historic victories during the 1960s and 1970s.

At the Etihad Stadium, Manchester City has erected a statue commemorating the iconic trio of Colin Bell, Francis Lee, and Mike Summerbee.

This legendary trio left an indelible mark on City’s history during the 1960s and 1970s, steering the team to remarkable victories.

Their notable achievements include securing the First Division title in 1968, lifting the FA Cup the following year, and triumphing in the European Cup-Winner’s Cup and League Cup in 1970.

Of the trio, Mike Summerbee remains the sole surviving member, with the unfortunate passing of Colin Bell in January 2021 and Francis Lee, who also served as City chairman, last month.

Colin Bell, who contributed significantly with 498 appearances and 153 goals for City, already has a stand dedicated in his honour at the Etihad Stadium.

Positioned on the west side of the stadium, this newly unveiled sculpture pays homage to the enduring legacy of these football legends.

The official unveiling ceremony will take place nextTuesday morning, just ahead of City’s Champions League encounter with RB Leipzig.

Colin Bell, Francis Lee and Mike Summerbee: Who were they?

Colin Bell

A midfield maestro (1966-1979), Bell played a pivotal role in City’s triumphs, securing the First Division, FA Cup, League Cup, and the European Cup Winners’ Cup.

His elegance and skill etched an unforgettable chapter in the club’s history.

Francis Lee

Known as “Lee the Legend” (1967-1974), the prolific striker led City to victory in the First Division, FA Cup, and League Cup.

His goal-scoring prowess and leadership made him a revered figure among the City faithful.

Mike Summerbee

The winger extraordinaire (1965-1975) played a crucial role in City’s golden era, clinching the First Division, FA Cup, and League Cup. Summerbee’s flair, speed, and playmaking skills defined an era of success.

A Manchester Legacy

Hailing from Manchester, Sculptor  David Williams-Ellis, under the guidance of Nerina Simi, has crafted a masterpiece that captures the essence of City’s golden era.

Trained in Florence, his signature style pays homage to the romanticism of Rodin and Bourdelle, promising a tribute that embodies the spirit of Bell, Lee, and Summerbee.

Speaking to, David Williams-Ellis said: “It’s been an extraordinary last two years, working on this project that celebrates these players from a great era in Manchester City’s football history.

“I hope that the work will give a sense of history and place to the legions of fans and visitors that come to the football ground from around the world and become an enduring part of Manchester’s cultural landscape.”

With exhibitions proudly displayed at Perthshire’s Scone Palace, Aberdeen’s Maritime Museum and the IFC Building in Shanghai, Williams-Ellis is perhaps most famously known for his commission of the Normandy Memorial Trust’s D-Day Sculpture.

That monument was unveiled by French President Emmanuel Macron and then-British Prime Minister Theresa May in 2019.

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