Colin Bell Biography

Colin Bell

Quick Facts About Colin Bell

Celebrated Name Colin Bell
Age 75 Years
Nick Name The King of the Kippax, Nijinsky
Birth Name Colin Bell
Birth Date 1946-02-26
Gender Male
Profession Footballer
Horoscope Pisces
Nationality English
Birth Nation England
Place Of Birth Hesleden, England
Ethnicity White
Religion Christianity
Marital Status Married
Wife Marie
Children Jon and Dawn
Sexual Orientation Straight
Height 6 ft and 0 inches
Weight 75
Eye Color Brown
Hair Color Blonde
Career Start 1963
Body Type Athletic
Awards 1968 Manchester City Player of the Year and 2005 MBE
Death Date 5th January 2021

Colin Bell MBE was an English football player who was known for his period at Manchester City. He played as a midfielder and is widely regarded as one of Manchester City's finest-ever players. He was nicknamed “The King of the Kippax” and Nijinsky. He began playing football from the local club Horden Colliery Welfare Juniors. And he began his professional football career at Bury where he was swiftly made club captain. In total, he made 82 league appearances for Bury and scored 25 goals. In 1966, he joined Manchester City for £45,000 and made his debut against Derby County. He was part of the Bell, Lee, and Summerbee trio at Manchester City. The Colin Bell Stand at the City of Manchester Stadium is named in his honor. In 1980, he tried to resurrect his career with NASL side San Jose Earthquakes. But he ended up playing only five games for the club before retiring from football altogether.

On the international level, he made 48 appearances for England between 1968 and 1975 scoring 9 goals.

Colin Bell Awards

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What is Colin Bell Famous For?

  • Won the 1965-66 Football League Second Division with Manchester City.
  • Won the 1967-68 Football League First Division with Manchester City.
  • Won the 1968-69 FA Cup With Manchester City.
  • Won the 1968 and 1972 FA Charity Shield with Manchester City.
  • Won the 1969-70 and 1975-76 Football League Cup with Manchester City.
  • Won the 1969-70 European Cup Winner’s Cup with Manchester City.
  •  Won the 1968-69, 1669-70 (shared), 1971-72 (shared), 1972-73, 1973-74 (shared), 1974-75 British Home Championship with England.
  • Won the 1968-69 Manchester City Player of the Year.
  • 1998 Football League 100 Legends.
  • 2004 Manchester City Hall of Fame.
  • 2005 English Football Hall of Fame.

Where is Colin Bell From?

Colin Bell was born on 26 February 1946. His birthplace is Hesleden, England. He grew up with a small family. He belongs to the white ethnicity. His religion is Christianity. His horoscope sign is Pisces.

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Colin Bell Football Career Timeline

  • He began playing football from the local club Horden Colliery Welfare Juniors.
  • In 1963, he began his professional football career at Bury where he was swiftly made club captain.
  • From 1963-166, he made 82 appearances scoring 25 goals for Bury.
  • In 1966, he joined Manchester City for £45,000 and made his debut against Derby Count away at The Baseball Ground on the 19th March in Division 2.
  • In the 1965- 66 season, he helped City finish first in the second division, earning the team promotion to the first division.
  • In the 1966-67 season, he was City's top scorer with 14 league goals, and the team finished in fifteenth place in the first division.
  • In the 1967-68 season, he helped City win their second League Championship which they had won their first in 1937. 
  • In the 1668-69 season, he scored fourteen league goals as City finished thirteenth in the first division and they also won the FA Cup that season with a 1-0 victory over Leicester City in the final. 
  • In the 1969-70 season, he scored eleven league goals for City, who finished tenth in the league. In 1970, he helped City to win two trophies, the League Cup and the European Cup Winners’ Cup. 
  • In the 1970-71 season, he scored 13 goals for City who finished eleventh in the first division.
  • In the 1972-73 season, City finished eleventh in the league.
  • In the 1973-74 season, he helped City reach the 1974 Football League Cup Final in which he scored in a 2-1 defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers.  
  • In the 1974-75 season, he scored fifteen league goals for City and named himself in the 1974-75 Football League First Division PFA Team of the Year.
  • In November 1975, at the age of 29, he severely injured his right knee against Manchester United in a challenge with Martin Buchan, where City went on to win the League Cup that season, defeating Newcastle United in the 1976 Football League Cup Final.
  • In 1977, he returned to action in a victory against Newcastle United, where he was greeted with rapturous applause in the half time in his introduction to the game.
  • In the 1978-79 season, on 15 May 1979, he played his final game for City against Aston Villa in Division 1 in a 2-3 defeat and left Manchester City.
  • From 1966-1979, in total, he made 498 appearances for Manchester City scoring a total of 153 goals and won one Football League Second Division, Football League First Division, FA Cup, European Cup Winner’s Cup, two FA Charity Shield, and Football League Cup for the team.
  • In 1980, he tried to resurrect his career with NASL side San Jose Earthquakes. But he ended up playing only five games for the club before retiring from football altogether.

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Colin Bell International Career

  • In 1968, he played twice for England U23. He played in a victory against the Scotland U23 and Hungary U23 where he has scored only one goal for his team.
  • In the same year, he won his first cap for the senior England team in a victory against Sweden. He was also the part of England squad for UEFA Euro 1968, which was ultimately won by Italy. And England finished third in the tournament.
  • He was part of the England squad which toured South America in 1969.
  • In 1968-69, he helped England to win the 1968-69 British Home Championship, where he played in a 2-1 victory against Wales.
  • He also played in the 1969-70 British Home Championship, which was shared between England, Wales, and Scotland.
  • In 1970, he was subsequently included in the England squad for the World Cup in Mexico. Brian Glanville contends that Bell's excellence was threatening Bobby Charlton’s place in the England team.
  • He also played for England in the 1971-72 British Home Championship which was shared with Scotland where he scored in a 3-0 victory against Wales, captained England in a 1-0 defeat to Northern Ireland. And also played in a 1-0 victory over Scotland.
  • In 1972, he also played in a 3-1 defeat and a 0–0 draw with West Germany, which meant that England failed to qualify for UEFA Euro 1972.
  • He also helped England to win the 1972-73 British Home Championship, where he played in a 2-1 victory against Northern Ireland, a 3-0 victory against Wales, and a 1-0 victory against Scotland.
  • In January 1973, he played for the New European Common Market (NECM), alongside Peter Storey, Emlyn Hughes, Bobby Moore, Bobby Charlton, and Alan Ball, in the match celebrating the admission to the European Common Market of the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland and Denmark. NECM defeated the Old European Common Market (OECM) 2-0.
  • He also played for England in the 1973-74 British Home Championship which was shared with Scotland. Bell played in a 2-0 victory against Wales, a 1-0 victory against Northern Ireland, and a 2-0 defeat to Scotland.
  • He was also part of the England squad that toured Eastern Europe in the summer of 1974.
  • In March 1974, he scored a goal in a 5-0 victory for The Football League XI against the Scottish Football League XI at Maine Road. 
  • He again helped England to win the 1974-75 British Home Championship, where he played in a 0-0 draw with Northern Ireland, a 2-2 draw with Wales, and a 5-1 victory against Scotland (in which he also scored).
  • He made 48 appearances for England between 1968 and 1975 scoring 9 goals and won six British Home Championships for the team.

Colin Bell Wife and Children

Colin Bell was a married man. He got married to Marie. The couple got two children Jon and Dawn, and four grandchildren Luke, Mark, Isla, and Jack.

Colin Bell Height

Colin Bell stands at a height of 1.83m i.e. 6 feet and 0 inches tall. He has an athletic body build. He has a bodyweight of 75kg. His eye color is brown and his hair color is blonde. His sexual orientation is straight.

Colin Bell Cause of Death

He was diagnosed with bowel cancer shortly after his autobiography, Reluctant Hero, was released in 2005. He detailed how his mother died from that same disease and was encouraged to have it examined himself. He was operated on within three weeks of the diagnosis. On 5 January 2021, at the age of 74, he died. A statement from his former club said that Bell died after a "short, non-COVID related illness" on Tuesday afternoon.

Did You Know?

  • In 1998, he was selected as on the Football League’s 100 Legends.
  • In 2003 Manchester City moved into the new City of Manchester Stadium and in February 2004 one of the ends, the west stand, was named after Bell as a tribute.
  • He was as inducted into the Manchester City Hall of Fame in 2004 and into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2005.
  • In 2005, he was awarded an MBE for his charity work.
  • He is listed as the greatest-ever City player on the Times website, in Ian Penney's book The Essential History of Manchester City, and in the Manchester Evening News.
  • The Manchester City Chairman Peter Swales described Bell as the 'finest tuned athlete' and 'irreplaceable'.