Thursday, February 03, 2011

Former Manchester City Star Neil Young Passes Away at 66

Manchester City legend Neil Young has breathed his last at the age of 66 today after suffering from cancer. The former City striker is considered as one of the greatest players in the history of the club and was one of the vital members during City’s glorious era, starting from late 60’s to early 70’s.

Neil Young joined Manchester City’s academy at the age of 15 and got his senior debut in 1961. After that there was no looking back for the forward who could also play as a winger. He along with the likes of Francis Lee, Colin Bell, and Mike Summerbee brought lots of successes at Maine Road.

Young helped City to win the Second Devision title in 1965-66 season, and thus, earning promotion to the First Division. Then Young’s tremendous performance guided City to clinch the First Division title in 1967-68 season and he was the top scorer for his team in that season.

The following season, Young brought another success to City as his first-half goal proved to be the winning strike in Manchester City’s 1-0 vicotry over Leicester City in the FA Cup final 1969. He then won the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1970 and even scored the first goal of City’s 2-1 victory over Gornik Zabrze. After spending 13 years with Manchester City, Young joined Preston North End in 1972. He later on played for Rochdale for a season before hanging his boots in 1975.

Neil Young got into the Manchester City Hall of Fame in 2008 for his tremendous contribution to the club.