Francis Lee dead: Former Manchester City player and chairman dies aged 79 after cancer battle
Former Manchester City player and chairman Francis Lee has died at the age of 79.
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Former Manchester City player and chairman Francis Lee has died at the age of 79, the club have announced.
Manchester City posted on X, formerly Twitter: "It is with the deepest sadness and heaviest of hearts we announce the passing of former Manchester City player and Chairman Francis Lee. "Everyone at Manchester City would like to send their condolences to the friends and family of Francis at this very difficult time."
Lee, who also had a spell as City chairman in the 1990s, scored 148 goals in 330 appearances for the club between 1967-74.
Lee, who began his playing career at Bolton, joined Derby from City in 1974. He won 27 England caps, scoring 10 goals, after making his full international debut in 1968 and appeared at the 1970 World Cup in Mexico.
City added on their official website: “Franny passed away in the early hours of this morning after a long battle with cancer. 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.”