Francis Lee Signed Manchester City Football Shirt
A brand new replica Manchester City football shirt signed by Manchester City legend Francis Lee, framed and ready to hang on the wall. A great autograph of Manchester City legend Francis Lee on the back of an iconic Manchester City Shirt. An undedicated autograph is extremely rare and is one of a few that he signed that day. It would make a perfect gift, with an official certificate of authenticity.It has been boldly signed in marker across the No.9 and would make a superb addition to any Manchester city fan's memorabilia collection.
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Francis Henry Lee CBE was born 29 April 1944 in Westhoughton, Lancashire, England, he is also known as Franny Lee and is a former professional footballer.
He played for Bolton Wanderers, Manchester City, Derby County and England. He won League Championship medals with Manchester City and Derby, and scored more than 200 goals in his career. 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 which earned him the nickname Lee Won Pen and led to accusations of diving. One such accusation, from Leeds United's Norman Hunter, led to an on-pitch fight.
He started his professional career with Bolton Wanderers, when Manchester City manager Joe Mercer signed him for a club record transfer fee of £60,000 in 1967. He made his Manchester City debut in a 2–0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers at Maine Road, and scored his first Manchester City goal the following week at Fulham. In his first season at the club, he scored 16 League goals in 31 appearances, playing a crucial role in City's push for the 1967–68 League Championship. Manchester City manager Joe Mercer described him as "the final piece of the jigsaw".The title was decided on the final day of the season, when City requiring a win at Newcastle United. They won the match 4–3, and Lee scoring one of the goals, and were crowned champions. The following season he was part of the Manchester City team which won the 1969 FA Cup. In the 1969–70 season,he was Manchester City's top scorer, an achievement he would subsequently match in each of the next four seasons. His tally that season included one of the most important goals of his career, a penalty in the final of the European Cup Winners' Cup.
He represented England at the 1970 World Cup in Mexico and was the first English player ever to receive a card in a World Cup. In the 1971–72 season and set a British record for the number of penalties scored in a season, with 15 of his 35 goals scored from the penalty spot. Many of the penalties resulted from fouls on him, earning him the nickname Lee One Pen. Some journalists, holding the opinion that Lee gained a number of penalties by diving, used the name Lee Won Pen instead.His name is often cited in debates about diving in football, with referees' chief Keith Hackett describing him as a player who "had a reputation of falling down easily".
He left Manchester City in 1974, joining Derby County. For the second time in his career, he joined a team viewed as contenders for that season's league title. He was upset at Manchester City's decision to sell him and marked his first match against his former club by scoring the winning goal for Derby.He scored twelve league goals that season, with Derby winning their second League title and him his second championship medal of his career.
On 1 November 1975, he had a confrontation with Leeds United defender Norman Hunter, which gained a level of infamy after it was screened on Match of the Day. In the first half of the game, the referee adjudged that Hunter had fouled Lee in the Leeds penalty area, and awarded Derby a penalty. Charlie George, and not Lee, took the penalty kick, and scored. In the second half, Lee and Hunter were seen to be exchanging punches in an off-the-ball incident. The referee stopped the game and took both players' names, but it was not immediately clear if he had sent off either or both of them. However, as the two men walked away they began fighting again. After intervention by both sets of players, Hunter left the pitch and Lee was restrained and ushered off the field by a club official. In 2003, the incident was named by The Observer as sport's most spectacular dismissal.
He also held the record for the most goals in Manchester derbies, scoring 10 goals in all against Manchester United, a tally that equalled Joe Hayes' record. This record was later beaten by Wayne Rooney who scored his 11th goal in a Manchester derby on 22 September 2013. After retiring from football, Lee ran a successful toilet roll business, F.H. Lee Ltd, which made him a millionaire. In 1994, he became the major shareholder and chairman of Manchester City, but stepped down four years later
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