Former Manchester City player and chairman Francis Lee has died at the age of 79.
Lee won two old First Division titles, scored more than 200 career goals and represented England 27 times, scoring 10 goals, in a 17-year career.
Who was Francis Lee ?
Francis Henry Lee born 29 April 1944, was an English professional footballer who played as a striker.
He played for Bolton Wanderers, Manchester City, Derby County and England.
Noted for his speed and determination, he scored more than 200 goals in his career, in which he won League Championship medals with Manchester City and Derby.
In 2010, he was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame.
He holds the English record for the greatest number of penalties scored in a season, a feat that earned him the nickname Lee 1 (Pen) because that was the way his name often seemed to appear on the list of goal scores for City in the match results listings in the Sunday papers.
This led to accusations of diving. One such accusation, by Leeds United’s Norman Hunter, led to an on-pitch fight.
In 1966, Lee founded F.H. Lee Ltd, a firm that recycled paper to manufacture products such as kitchen roll and toilet paper. It operated until 2003 and made him a millionaire.
In 1994, he became the major shareholder and chairman of Manchester City, but stepped down four years later.
Francis Lee death cause
Lee died at the age of 79 on 2 October 2023 after a long battle with cancer.
“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 statement continued: “Francis’ 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.
“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.”
Francis Lee Net Worth
Francis Lee is an English retired professional soccer player and businessman who had a net worth of $18 million at the time of his death.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much is Francis Lee worth?
Francis Lee’s net worth is estimated to be $18 Million.
How old is Francis Lee?
Francis was born on April 29, 1944, and died on October 2, 2023 (aged 79)
How tall is Francis Lee?
Francis Lee’ height is 1.73 m, which is equal to 5 ft 7 in.