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Colin Bell RIP

Post by bobinho » Tue Jan 05, 2021 7:33 pm

Just being reported the City legend has passed.

Great shame.

RIP

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Re: Colin Bell RIP

Post by clansman » Tue Jan 05, 2021 7:35 pm

Superb player.
And of course had a business venture with our own Colin Waldron.
Rest easy Colin.
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Re: Colin Bell RIP

Post by Chester Perry » Tue Jan 05, 2021 7:37 pm

bobinho wrote:
Tue Jan 05, 2021 7:33 pm
Just being reported the City legend has passed.

Great shame.

RIP
no other words for it - an absolute gem of a player
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Re: Colin Bell RIP

Post by rufus lumley » Tue Jan 05, 2021 7:38 pm

You would not have thought so when they played against each other.
R.I.P Colin Bell.

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Re: Colin Bell RIP

Post by RalphCoatesComb » Tue Jan 05, 2021 7:39 pm

Always reminded me of Dobbo.

R.I.P. Colin

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Post by conyoviejo » Tue Jan 05, 2021 7:46 pm

R I P Colin Bell.

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Re: Colin Bell RIP

Post by MrTopTier » Tue Jan 05, 2021 7:46 pm

Brilliant player.

RIP King of the Kippax

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Re: Colin Bell RIP

Post by CnBtruntru » Tue Jan 05, 2021 7:56 pm

Sad news, RIP

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Post by Wile E Coyote » Tue Jan 05, 2021 7:59 pm

great player, huge part of football life in the north RIP . very sad.

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Post by huw.Y.WattfromWare » Tue Jan 05, 2021 8:01 pm

RIP Colin.
Fabulous footballer. They called him Nijinsky I recall. A career tragically cut short by injury.
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Post by RammyClaret61 » Tue Jan 05, 2021 8:05 pm

RIP Colin Bell
The very first autograph I got was Colin Bell after I met him buying a newspaper in Ramsbottom.
Great player, sad news.

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Re: Colin Bell RIP

Post by The Enclosure » Tue Jan 05, 2021 8:05 pm

very sad...a great player was Colin.Went to the Bell-Waldron restaurant a couple of times back in the day.
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Re: Colin Bell RIP

Post by CleggHall » Tue Jan 05, 2021 8:06 pm

Brooking, Dobson and Bell was some midfield for England when Joe Mercer was manager.

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Post by mdd2 » Tue Jan 05, 2021 8:10 pm

He was a really nice guy. I know his son Jonothan who works at the Christie and when we played City in 2009-3-3 draw after being 2-0 up my son and i went as guests of Colin. Very sad news this as he was only 74-young these days
And this from Mike Summerbee
"Colin was a lovely, humble man. He was a huge star for Manchester City but you would never have known it," said ex-forward Summerbee.
"He was quiet, unassuming and I always believe he never knew how good he actually was.

"[Current City midfielder] Kevin de Bruyne reminds me a lot of Colin in the way he plays and the way he is as a person."
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Re: Colin Bell RIP

Post by mdd2 » Tue Jan 05, 2021 8:15 pm

Wasn't it a Martin Buchan challenge that crocked him and he was never the same player afterwards?

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Re: Colin Bell RIP

Post by The Enclosure » Tue Jan 05, 2021 8:18 pm

Did both Colins play for Bury early in their careers? Their restaurant was on the main road out of Bury at Whitefield. I wondered if thats where they first met and became friends and business partners.

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Post by tiger76 » Tue Jan 05, 2021 8:18 pm

RIP Colin one of the few non BFC players that I was made aware of very young.

Bell, Lee & Sumberbee that wasn't a bad trio was it.

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Post by aclaretinstevenage » Tue Jan 05, 2021 8:23 pm

Sad news, fabulous footballer who would for me walk into any Premier League team had he been of this generation.

R.I.P. Nijinsky.

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Post by elwaclaret » Tue Jan 05, 2021 8:29 pm

Sad to hear this. Funnily enough it was only a couple of days ago I was watching the Big Match Revisited and thought it was a while since I heard anything of him. My dad and uncle used to see him to chat to regularly in the 70’s when they worked in Belthorn.

RIP Mr Bell

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Post by beddie » Tue Jan 05, 2021 8:53 pm

Another sad loss. Good player was Colin Bell, it was a privilege to see him play in the flesh on many ocassions back in the 70s. That's when they made proper players. R.I.P. Colin.

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Re: Colin Bell RIP

Post by ClaretTony » Tue Jan 05, 2021 9:00 pm

Wonderful footballer. What sad news and just 74. Played in outstanding City team too with such as Summerbee & Lee.

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Post by Burypaddy » Tue Jan 05, 2021 9:01 pm

Yes they both started their careers at the shakers and had the bell waldron restuarant in whitefield for years. Sad rest in peace colin.
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Re: Colin Bell RIP

Post by ALP » Tue Jan 05, 2021 9:06 pm

Fantastic player, a wonderful human being and a great loss to this planet at too young an age.

Rest in Peace Colin Bell, one of my childhood heroes, even as a City player.

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Re: Colin Bell RIP

Post by Cirrus_Minor » Tue Jan 05, 2021 9:06 pm

Brilliant footballer who had everything
RIP

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Re: Colin Bell RIP

Post by Buxtonclaret » Tue Jan 05, 2021 9:06 pm

Saw Colin playing a good few times. A real top notch, stand out player.

Very sad news.
R.I.P.

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Post by Silkyskills1 » Tue Jan 05, 2021 9:09 pm

Excellent footballer. A real class act. Very sad news. RIP Colin Bell.

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Re: Colin Bell RIP

Post by LeadBelly » Tue Jan 05, 2021 9:39 pm

RIP Colin Bell.
A terrific player for Man City and England. Never met him but I hear he was modest and unassuming. As a few above, I recall many times passing the Bell/Waldron restaurant when bussing to Manchester on a a Ribble service.

I lived just south of Manchester second half 1969 and watched City quite a lot with Pardoe, Book, Doyle, Sumerbee, Lee, Bell etc, they were very good to watch for a neutral and pretty successful (as now again), CB a huge part of that.

I saw Bell score 2 at Wembley in 1974. I was living in Leicester at the time and a team I played for then organised an outing to an England v Czech game. Pretty sure Dobson and Thomas (as a sub) played in that game too. Frankie Wortho also played, much to the delight of my Leicester colleagues at that time.

I think the comparison (made above) to De Bruyne is fair; both with great engines, good range of passing, reading the game very well and just "getting on with it" and not having much to do with the theatrics and histrionics.
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Post by claretgimmer » Tue Jan 05, 2021 9:41 pm

Very sad news. RIP Colin Bell.

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Post by IanMcL » Tue Jan 05, 2021 10:18 pm

mdd2 wrote:
Tue Jan 05, 2021 8:10 pm

"[Current City midfielder] Kevin de Bruyne reminds me a lot of Colin in the way he plays and the way he is as a person."
Agreed

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Post by IanMcL » Tue Jan 05, 2021 10:19 pm

Great engine.
A great shame.

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Post by Cirrus_Minor » Tue Jan 05, 2021 10:22 pm

Always used to look out for the ‘Bell • Waldron’ cafe at Whitefield, near Bury, when travelling to Manchester away matches. I think both Colin’s started together at Bury.

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Post by bfcjg » Tue Jan 05, 2021 10:31 pm

Great player RIP.

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Post by Suratclaret » Wed Jan 06, 2021 3:56 am

Very sad news. Always enjoyed watching him play.
RIP

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Post by dermotdermot » Wed Jan 06, 2021 4:02 am

A wonderful footballer.

RIP.

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Re: Colin Bell RIP

Post by Quicknick » Wed Jan 06, 2021 5:16 am

RIP Colin. My favourite non-Claret.
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Post by Steve1956 » Wed Jan 06, 2021 9:50 am

RIP Colin one of the greatest footballers to ever live.
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Re: Colin Bell RIP

Post by pushpinpussy » Wed Jan 06, 2021 11:43 am

Man City must without a doubt name a stand after him. The bell end should suffice

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Post by randomclaret2 » Wed Jan 06, 2021 11:49 am

pushpinpussy wrote:
Wed Jan 06, 2021 11:43 am
Man City must without a doubt name a stand after him. The bell end should suffice
You're about 15 years late...

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Re: Colin Bell RIP

Post by Steve1956 » Wed Jan 06, 2021 11:52 am

pushpinpussy wrote:
Wed Jan 06, 2021 11:43 am
Man City must without a doubt name a stand after him. The bell end should suffice
Show a bit of respect!pisses me of people trying to be smart on RIP threads.
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Post by Better Call Saul » Wed Jan 06, 2021 12:52 pm

pushpinpussy wrote:
Wed Jan 06, 2021 11:43 am
Man City must without a doubt name a stand after him. The bell end should suffice
What a sad comment.
Here is a true story about Colin Bell that happen just a couple of years ago and it might just make you think twice before making stupid comments in future.
A neighbour of mine who was a season ticket holder and lifelong City supporter had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. He had told me on a few occasions that his all time favourite City player was Colin Bell. Just a couple of weeks before he died someone contacted Man City to see if it would be possible that Colin Bell could send him a message. 48 hours later Colin Bell had driven over to Burnley and spent a couple of hours in his home reminiscing on football stories.
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Post by strayclaret » Wed Jan 06, 2021 1:39 pm

I admired few opponents in the 70’s. Colin RIP, you were one of them.
A great box to box player with immense skills.

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Re: Colin Bell RIP

Post by HahaYeah » Wed Jan 06, 2021 1:44 pm

Great skillful and powerful player, RIP.

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Re: Colin Bell RIP

Post by Quicknick » Wed Jan 06, 2021 2:21 pm

Better Call Saul wrote:
Wed Jan 06, 2021 12:52 pm
What a sad comment.
Here is a true story about Colin Bell that happen just a couple of years ago and it might just make you think twice before making stupid comments in future.
A neighbour of mine who was a season ticket holder and lifelong City supporter had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. He had told me on a few occasions that his all time favourite City player was Colin Bell. Just a couple of weeks before he died someone contacted Man City to see if it would be possible that Colin Bell could send him a message. 48 hours later Colin Bell had driven over to Burnley and spent a couple of hours in his home reminiscing on football stories.
What a man.

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