Men's Team

Francis Lee: 1944-2023

It is with the deepest sadness and heaviest of hearts we announce the passing of former Manchester City player and Chairman Francis Lee, aged 79.

A Club legend in every sense, Francis made 330 appearances for City, scoring 148 goals.

He won one First Division title, one FA Cup, one League Cup, a European Cup Winners’ Cup and two Charity Shields during a glittering eight-year spell as a player – a legacy that ensures his position among Manchester City’s all-time greats is secure.

He would later return to City as club Chairman in 1994, spending four years at the helm.

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.

A statue outside the Etihad Stadium commemorating Francis' legacy has been commissioned, as confirmed by Club Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak in May 2022. 

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.

And fans can add their messages to our online condolence book available via the link below.

In memory of Francis Lee