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    Norman Bell

    Surname Bell
    Forename(s) Norman
    Position(s) Striker

    6'1"  13st.1lb.
    b. Hylton Castle, Sunderland  15 November 1955


    Debut  25 November 1981 (27y 9d) Final Game 27 August 1983 (27y 285d)
    First Goal 26 December 1981 Final Goal 7 May 1983
    CAREER: Monkwearmouth GS;Wolverhampton Wanderers Nov'73 (app Jul'71)[58+22-17];New England Teamen (USA) Apr'80,Apr'81 (loan);Blackburn Rovers Nov'81 (£70,000)-Nov’83;Darwen '84.

    Playing Statistics

    FL         57 + 4 apps  10 gls  - 3 wdn                                        6 ns
    FAC       2 apps
    FLC       2 apps
    Total   61 + 4 apps   10 gls   -3 wdn  + 178m -70m              6 ns
    Strike rate 560 mins
    Emergency goalkeeper  1 g 4 m 0 gls
    LC      7 apps  - 1 wdn  - 7m


    Bell had gained an impressive reputation as a goal scorer at Wolverhampton, where his ability to come off the bench and change the game had made him the original super-sub. A gangling, energetic player good in the air and ideal as a partner for a predatory sharp shooter he might have proved an ideal accompaniment for Simon Garner if he had not been frequently troubled by a knee injury that eventually terminated his career. He remained in the area, working as a salesman for various companies before where he purchased a bathroom accessories business. He later worked for Blackburn Council, helping rehabilitate young offenders. When he retired he was became manager of Darwen and played a few games. Business commitments forced him to give up the position in the summer of 1984 but in November he was appointed a director of the club. His son Andrew gained schoolboy international honours and became a trainee with the Rovers before playing for Wycombe Wanderers and York City.

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