Manchester City unveil statue in honour of club legends Colin Bell, Francis Lee and Mike Summerbee

Before the likes of Kompany, Silva and Aguero, there were these three maestros.

Danny Jones Danny Jones - 28th November 2023

Manchester City have revealed a brand new statue paying tribute to club legends Colin Bell, Francis ‘Franny’ Lee and Mike Summerbee.

Unveiling the new permanent bronze sculpture of Bell, Lee and Summerbee outside the Etihad Stadium on 28 November, Man City stated that “the magnificent statue will serve as a reminder of three of our greatest ever players.”

Designed by artist David Williams-Ellis, an Irish sculptor who specialises in capturing the human figure, those attending City’s Champions League fixture against RB Leipzig on Tuesday night will be among the first fans to see the trio of trophy-winning players.

Hailed as the three best players in the club’s first true golden era in the late ’60s, when they won the 1968 First Division title, the 1969 FA Cup, the 1970 Cup Winners Cup and a League Cup, they gave Blues their very first taste of success and years of memories to look back on.

As a touching addition, the statue is both a way of honouring Bell, who died back in 2021, the late Franny Lee who passed away back in October, and the surviving Summerbee who is now one of the few remaining members of that incredible team, as well as a special nod to the squad at large.


On the plinth beneath their likenesses, the artist has also included a bronze plate featuring the names of the 29 teammates who played alongside Man City’s own ‘Holy Trinity’.

A touching tribute not only to the talented triumvirate but the other beloved footballers who helped them shine on the pitch. The statue will now stand proudly outside the ever-developing home ground alongside sculptures of modern-era club legends Vincent Kompany, Sergio Aguero and David Silva.


Here’s what manager Pep Guardiola had to say on the unveiling and the players’ legacy.

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The club’s Chairman, Khaldoon Al Mubarak, said in a statement: “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.”


As for Summerbee himself, the 80-year-old said of the new installation: “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. 50 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.”

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