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Francis Lee, a former Manchester City, England, Bolton, and Derby striker, has died at the age of 79.

During an eight-year stint at City, Lee scored 148 goals in 330 games, helping the club win many trophies, including the former First Division title in 1968.

Lee began his career at Bolton Wanderers before moving on to Derby County, where he helped the Rams win their second league title in 1975.

He also gained 27 England caps, scoring 10 goals.

“It is with profound sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of former Manchester City player and chairman Francis Lee, aged 79,” said a City statement, calling Lee “a club legend in every sense” and one of City’s “all-time greats.”

Lee died on Monday morning following a long battle with cancer, according to the club.

‘One of the most influential personalities in Manchester City’
Lee also won an FA Cup, a League Cup, the European Cup Winners’ Cup, and the Charity Shield thrice during his stay at City.

Following a number of successful commercial initiatives, he returned to the club as chairman in 1994, serving for four years.

The press release continued: “Francis’ 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 express their condolences to Francis’ friends and family at this difficult time.”

“Flags are flying at half-mast around the Etihad Stadium and City Football Academy as a mark of respect.”

“More tributes from the club will follow in the coming days.”

Lee, who was born in Westhoughton, Lancashire, began his career at Bolton Wanderers, where he made his debut as a 16-year-old in 1959.

He went on to score 106 goals in 210 games over the course of eight seasons before joining City for a then-club-record sum of £60,000.


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