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.
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.