After unveiling statues of David Silva and Vincent Kompany on Saturday, Manchester City aim to honour more club legends with statues. Three club greats from a different era will be honoured with statues at the Etihad Stadium in appreciation of their excellent service to the club. The trio include Franny Lee, Mike Summerbee and Colin Bell.
Bell, who died after a brief illness in January, already has a stand named after him at the Etihad. But for a player considered to be the best in the club’s history, he deserves more. And so he will also be honoured with a statue.
Summerbee is still actively involved with the club. He watches the team’s home and away matches as part of his role as a club ambassador. Lee (who also had a less successful spell as club chairman in the 1990s) now follows the team from his home in Portugal.
At the moment, work is still ongoing on Sergio Aguero’s statue. It’s scheduled for unveiling next summer. But a date has not been set for the new statues of the three players.
Award-winning sculptor Andy Scott handled the first three. However, a new sculptor is expected to take on the new project to reflect the different era that the players belong to. No date in place yet as to when it will be finished.
Club chairman, Khaldoon Al Mubarak, is happy to recognise the efforts of the players who are so fondly remembered by the club faithful. The trio formed part of the entertaining and successful City teams of the 1960s and 1970s under Joe Mercer and Malcolm Allison.
That forms a significant part of the club’s history and laid the groundwork for the success enjoyed today. Honouring them with statues at the Etihad grounds is seen as a fitting way to immortalise them at the club.