Emotional Graeme Souness leads stars at Francis Lee's funeral as world of football honours Man City and England legend | The Sun

SCORES of mourners turned out to pay their respects to the late Francis Lee.

The former Manchester City and England star passed away earlier this month aged 79 following a long battle with cancer.

Lee – who scored 148 goals in 330 appearances for City – was laid to rest by his friends and family on Thursday morning following a service at Manchester Cathedral.

Lee's former City team-mates Tony Book, Mike Summerbee and Joe Royle were among the mourners, as was ex-Sky Blue Micah Richards.

Graeme Souness was also in attendance and looked emotional before the service.

City paid tribute to their late striker immediately after learning of his passing, writing: "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.



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

It continued: "Everyone at Manchester City would like to send their condolences to the friends and family of Francis at this very difficult time."

Club chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said: "Francis will always be remembered as one of Manchester City’s greats.

"His critical contribution to the Club’s unprecedented success in the 60s and 70s was characterised by flair, dynamism and excitement.

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Francis Lee's funeral was well-attendedCredit: SPLASH
The service for the late Lee was held at Manchester CathedralCredit: SPLASH
Lee's former Manchester City team-mate Tony Book was in attendanceCredit: PA
Joe Royle also attended the service of his former City team-mateCredit: PA
Micah Richards also paid his respects to the late LeeCredit: PA

"His record as the Club’s top scorer for five consecutive seasons, his many goals for Club and Country, and his 27 England caps, are all testament to his quality as a player.

"These are records that will stand the test of time.

"But, what should also never be forgotten is that, as both player and Chairman, he constantly demonstrated his love, passion and commitment to the Club.

"It was an extension of his larger-than-life personality. A personality that made an impression wherever he went.

"His passing will sadden not only those connected to Manchester City, but the wider football family.

"On behalf of everyone at the Club, our thoughts, thanks, and deepest sympathies are with Francis’ family and friends.”

Summerbee said of his late and beloved pal: "It is an honour to be able to say Francis Lee was both a friend and teammate.

"He is a man I will always hold in the highest regard – a truly brilliant footballer and a fantastic person.

"Much of what Manchester City achieved in the 60s and 70s was down to Francis.

"He was a superb goalscorer and a man who could create chances from nothing.

"He is, quite rightly, seen as one of this club's best-ever players.

"This is desperately sad news for Francis' friends and family – but also for Manchester City Football Club. We have lost a true giant.

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"I want to send my thoughts and prayers to his wonderful wife Gill and his children Charlotte, Jonny and Nik.

"Everyone at Manchester City is thinking of you."

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