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Last Updated: Friday, 4 March, 2005, 11:52 GMT
Man City's cult heroes

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Colin Bell has been voted Manchester City's all-time cult hero by Football Focus viewers.

Bell won with 59% of the vote, ahead of fellow City favourites Shaun Goater and Georgi Kinkladze.


Despite all the millions that were spent to replace him and no matter what division we were in, he always scored the goals and was adored by the crowd. A very sad day when he left.
Thomas Dean

The best player to ever wear a Manchester City shirt. He was fast, skilful and a great finisher. The club have even named a stand after him.
DT Howard

As near perfect a player as you could get.
Steve Langdon

This guy could run forever.
Paul Dyson

Legend, box-to-box player, one of the greatest athletes of all time and modest with it. Career cut short by injury as his swansong years were approaching. Boy did we drink a drink a drink to Colin the king the king the king!
John Cross


A City legend. He wore the shirt with pride and scored 30+ goals a season for about 4 years.
DT Howard

This man (who scored for fun especially in D1) could get a goal using any part of his body and regularly scored using his knee/bottom/back/ears. The Goat will be especially fondly remembered for his goals against Man Utd. Which other footballer has a national day of celebration named after him in his native country? "Feed the goat and he will score, fe-ed the goat and - he - will - score."
Stephen L

Came from nowhere to rescue City from the lowly second division and continued to perform in Division 1 and Premiership. Feed The Goat we shouted!!
John Edghill

For scoring his 99th then 100th goal against United in our first ever victory against them in over a decade, he went from cult hero to all-time legend in one goal. He was also the crappest but luckiest striker we ever had. To score week in week out off your backside or back or knee or stomach, you've got to be a bit special.
Simon Moss

Because he always had time for everyone including the fans. He used his money to help poor kids in his home country and organised international youth football competitions with his football academy. He always worked hard in every game, he didn't care whether the goal had style or not he would make sure some part of his body would touch the ball and push it towards goal.

Had the best scoring rate of any City striker in years. Plus everyone absolutely loved him after a tough start. Never really recognised as a top player because when we have been in the Premiership he was either injured or left out. But from his number of starts in the Premiership, he still has a goal every other game.
Andrew Lahan


Could lift the gloom at a time when City fans really needed a lift.
Andy Stone

For loads of reasons but especially that goal against Southampton.
Michael Owen

One of the most technically brilliant players City ever had, but notoriously inconsistent. We fans nevertheless adored 'Kinky' and accepting his loss on our relegation from the top flight and the failure to get back up was bitter indeed. Never regained the form he showed at City and this actually helped cement him as a special cult hero.
Stephen L

Who could forget that goal against West Ham?
Steve Langdon

A player who enjoyed a string of fine seasons with my beloved Manchester City. When the team were struggling and not playing particularly attractive football Kinkladze shone like a beacon in a very mediocre side. Watching your team play poor football is hard, but with Georgi in the side there was always something to watch for. He never really produced the goods elsewhere and his career petered out after leaving City although I will always remember his skills fondly. The true definition of a cult hero, worshipped by the City fans but not falling into the 'all-time great' category... he should be an automatic choice for the short-list.
Mike Hayles

For scoring the best goal of all time every week and the most skilful player ever to tread the Maine Road turf.
Simon Moss

Genius. Pure and simple.
Ben Hawkins

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