Man City legend Francis Lee dies after cancer battle as Bolton and Derby join tributes to ex-England striker

He scored 148 goals for City and also served as chairman at Maine Road in the 1990s.
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Manchester City legend Francis Lee has passed away aged 79 after a long battle with cancer.

The former England striker, winning 27 caps and scoring 10 goals, scored 148 goals in 330 appearances for city between 1967-74. He also had a spell as chairman at Maine Road in the 1990s.

On their website, City said: “Franny passed away in the early hours of this morning after a long battle with cancer.

Francis Lee pictured at Man City back in 1973Francis Lee pictured at Man City back in 1973
Francis Lee pictured at Man City back in 1973

“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. More tributes from the club will follow in the coming days.”

Lee made nearly 200 appearances for Bolton Wanderers before joining City. The Westhoughton-born striker would finish his career at Derby County.

On Twitter, Wanderers said: "All at Bolton Wanderers are saddened to learn of the passing of former forward, Francis Lee. The thoughts of everyone at the club are with Francis’ family, friends and loved ones at this difficult time.”

Derby posted: “We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of 1974/75 title-winner Francis Lee.. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and all who knew him.”