Francis Lee: Former Manchester Metropolis, England, Bolton and Derby striker dies aged 79

Francis Lee receiving his CBE for his services to football and charity in 2016

Lee received a CBE in 2016 for his services to football and charity

Former Manchester City and England striker Francis Lee has died, aged 79.

Lee scored 148 goals in 330 appearances during an eight-year spell at City, helping the club win multiple honours, including the old First Division title in 1968.

Lee, who started his career at Bolton Wanderers, joined Derby County from City, helping the Rams win their second league title in 1975.

He also earned 27 caps for England, scoring 10 goals.

“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 City statement read, calling Lee “a club legend in every sense” and one of City’s “all-time greats”.

The club said Lee died on Monday morning after a long fight against cancer.

In his time at City, Lee also won an FA Cup, a League Cup, the European Cup Winners’ Cup and the Charity Shield twice.

He returned to the club in 1994 as chairman, spending four…