History Man City: Bell, Lee and Summberbee

As part of the then and now series on the website we will examine through old photos the story behind some of some Manchester City greats. We start by a brief look at the city team of 1973.

The city team of 1973/74 contained the might of Colin Bell, Mike Summerbee and Francis Lee, all England internationals. Until recent seasons Bell was considered city’s greatest player with a game similar to the likes of Kevin DeBruyne.

City, recruited Colin Bell from local team Bury but he actually hails originally from the North East. The good looking Bell, made 394 appearances and scored 117 goals over a glittering career.

Although born in Preston, Mike SummerBee was bought by City from Swindon where he had spent 6 years. He went on to play for City for 10 seasons making 357 appearances and scoring 47 goals.

Francis Lee was playing for his hometown club Bolton when recruited by City before Joe Mercer signed him up for a record £60,000 pound. An instant hit Lee went on to play 249 appearances scoring 112 goals.

Also featuring in picture, was Scotland legend Denis law and the terrific Londoner Rodney Marsh.

Law famously finished the season by netting a back heel against his former Man Utd team which ultimately saw them being relegated. A goal which Law notably did not celebrate.

Other noted players include local goalie big Joe Corrogan, and the manager Tony book who played in the title winning team of 1968 and Fa Cup winning team of 1969. He is still on the Man City staff and turns age 84 this year.