Colin Bell presented the Christie Hospital in Manchester with a cheque for £1,100 on Friday on behalf of the Manchester City Veterans team.

The money was raised at a charity dinner held at Denton Golf Club in December in memory of Bernard Halford, our former long-serving club secretary and life president.

Halford, known as Mr Manchester City, was treated at the Christie before sadly passing in March last year, aged 77.

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And it was Bell who was nominated to present the cheque to his son, Jon, a consultant at the Christie.

“I knew Bernard for a long time, even before I was at City,” Colin said.

“They don’t come any better than him.


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“Everyone said when my son was born ‘he’s going to be a footballer, isn’t he?’

“And I always said only if he wants to be. I never pushed him, and he was always focused on medicine.

“It’s wonderful to be here and to see everyone.”

Bell was joined on the day by a host of former City players, including Peter Barnes, Tony Book, Michael Brown, Ian Brightwell, Alex Williams and Jim and Jeff Whitley, as well as the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup and Community Shield trophies.

Well done to all involved in what was a brilliant event.