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Man City legend Young dies aged 66

Manchester City have confirmed that legendary forward Neil Young - best remembered for scoring the winning goal in the club's 1969 FA Cup triumph - has died, aged 66.

Young joined City in 1959 as an apprentice and went on to play an integral role in the club's glory years, during the late 1960s and early 1970s.

He scored City's winner in the 1969 FA Cup final defeat of Leicester and a year later netted the opener as Joe Mercer's side beat Polish outfit Gornik Zabrze to win the 1970 European Cup Winners' Cup.

City said on their official website: "Quiet and shy away from the game, he rarely visited the club in his later years, though still followed the Blues' progress keenly.

"He will be sadly missed by his wife Carmen, family, friends and everyone connected with Manchester City.''

Born and raised locally in Fallowfield, Young finished top scorer for City in their title-winning season of 1968, netting twice in the 4-3 title-clinching victory at Newcastle on the final day of the campaign.

A boyhood City fan, Young excelled alongside Francis Lee, Colin Bell, and Mike Summerbee but failed to win any England caps.

When first-team opportunities became fewer, he left Maine Road in 1972 after scoring 107 goals for the club in 412 appearances and signed for Preston North End. He retired after a brief spell at Rochdale in 1974-75.

Young was inducted into the Manchester City Hall of Fame in 2008 in acknowledgement of his services to the club.


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