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Last Updated: Thursday, 13 November, 2003, 11:06 GMT
Man City honour club greats
The City of Manchester Stadium
The City of Manchester Stadium was built for the 2002 Commonwealth Games
Manchester City are to honour former manager Joe Mercer and legendary midfielder Colin Bell by naming sections of their new City of Manchester Stadium after them.

The West Stand of the club's new home will be renamed The Colin Bell Stand, while the main pedestrian walkway to the ground will become Joe Mercer Way.

The pair were selected after consultation with supporters' clubs and an internet poll.

"I am delighted with the outcome of both the stand and road naming," said chairman John Wardle.

I am deeply honoured to give my name to such an integral part of the stadium
Colin Bell
"Both Colin and Joe are truly legendary figures in the club's history and it is entirely appropriate that their enduring contribution to Manchester City should be reflected in this way."

Bell was also thrilled with the decision.

"I am touched that both myself and Joe Mercer have received these votes from Manchester City fans," said Bell.

"Joe was one of the club's true greats and I'm pleased this has been recognised in such a permanent way.

"For my part, I am deeply honoured to give my name to such an integral part of the stadium."






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