Top 5 Manchester City signings of all time
A decade ago Manchester United were the kings of England and Manchester. The amount of success and glory the Red Devils achieved was adding salt to the wounds of their neighbors City who lived in their shadows.
But after the takeover by the Qatari owners, City have become very successful. They have finished above their rivals in 4 of the last 5 seasons, having won the Premier League title twice in the space of three years.
To put that into context, the Sky Blues had won the First Division only twice in their entire history up until that point. Now they are hoping to begin a new era of success under Pep Guardiola of whom great things are expected.
To win these two titles City needed star players and they surely had that in abundance during those campaigns. Let’s find out who many of them made it into the top 5 signings of all time.
5) Colin Bell
We start the list with a name most of you might not have even heard of. Colin Bell was a midfielder who played for the Citizens in 1960s. This was the time the club were able to achieve moderate success and for the first time could put themselves on a level playing field with their rivals.
Bell started his career at Bury FC. His performances impressed then Blues assistant manager Malcolm Allison. Allison realised he faced tough competition from rival clubs for his signature and hence decided to spread the word in the media that the player was not ver skilful saying things like “can't head it, can't pass it, he's hopeless".
The tactic worked and City managed to sign him in 1966. Bell went on to make 394 appearances for the club scoring 117 times for his team. One of the stands in the stadium is currently named the ‘Colin Bell stand; in his honour.
During his 13 years of service for the club, he managed to win a League Title, an FA Cup, two league cups and a European Cup winners cup. Not only that, he joined City when they were in the second division, helped them gain promotion before they could go on to win so much silverware.
Bell was also inducted into the English football Hall of fame in recognition of his contribution to the sport.