Tributes paid to former Manchester City winger Ian Mellor, dead at 74

He played 337 games for seven different clubs.

Danny Jones Danny Jones - 1st May 2024

Tributes are pouring following the death of former Manchester City star, Ian Mellor, who has sadly passed away at the age of 74.

Mellor, from Sale in Greater Manchester, played as a left winger for Man City as well as the likes of Norwich City, Brighton, Chester, Sheffield Wednesday and Bradford.

With his family and former club confirming the death on Wednesday, 1 May, social media has been awash with people paying their respects to the seasoned ex-pro who sadly died following a long battle with amyloidosis, a rare and incurable disease which affects organs such as the heart, brains and kidneys.

Replying to his son and ex-Liverpool turned Sky Sports broadcaster, Neil Mellor, the club paid their respects to the former Blue who made 50 appearances for the club.

Ian Mellor died on Wednesday morning.

Mellor began his career just down the road at Wythenshawe Amateurs before going on to represent City from 1970 to 1973.


A boyhood fan of the club, he scored 10 goals whilst wearing Sky Blue and also went on to win the Charity Shield with them back in 1972.

Eventually nicknamed ‘Spider’ for a good chunk of his career due to his long-legged stature, he remained attached to the beautiful game for years after his retirement and went on to become a committee member for the Former Players Association at City.


Joining the likes of all his former clubs, Chester City said: “Everyone at [the club] is saddened to hear of the passing of Ian Mellor. Sending all our love to you and your family, Neil Mellor.

Arguably his greatest game for the club.
His longest tenure was for Brighton but once a blue always a blue.
Our friends over at The Sheff will be more than familiar with ‘The Spider’ too.

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His son Neil’s goodbye has touched many online too, calling his dad his “hero” and his “everything”.

He also went on to thank locally-based end-of-life care organisation and charity, St Ann’s Hospice, who have facilities all over Greater Manchester and who helped care for Ian in his final days.


Our thoughts are with his friends and family as well as those whose lives he touched through football during this difficult time.

Rest in peace.

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