Charlie Bell (footballer)

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For the Middlesbrough FC player, see Charlie Bell (footballer, born 1958).
Charlie Bell
Personal information
Full name Charles Oliver Bell
Date of birth (1894-05-18)18 May 1894
Place of birth Dumfries, Scotland
Date of death 5 June 1939(1939-06-05) (aged 45)
Place of death Bournemouth, England
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Dumfries Wanderers
Douglas Wanderers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
19XX–1913 Carlisle City
1913–1914 Woolwich Arsenal 1 (2)
1914–1915 Chesterfield 11 (7)
Queens Park Rangers
Teams managed
1919–1922 Sporting Clube de Portugal
1923–1925 Wigan Borough
1927–1928 Padova
1928–1930 Sporting Clube de Portugal
1932–1933 Marseille
1933 Nice
1935 Mansfield Town
1936–1939 Bournemouth
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Charles Oliver Bell (born 18 May 1894,[1][2] died 5 June 1939[2]) was an association footballer and manager.


There is some uncertainty over the details of Charlie Bell's birth. Some sources report him as being born in Dumfries in Scotland,[3] although RSSSF states that he was born in Cambridge in England.

Playing career[edit]

He started his footballing career as a junior with Dumfries Wanderers, and after a short spell at Castle Douglas side, Douglas Wanderers, he decided to move down south, signing for Carlisle City. He then played for other clubs south of the border, namely Woolwich Arsenal, Chesterfield, Barrow and Queens Park Rangers in a career impacted by World War I.[1][3]

Coaching and management[edit]

After coaching jobs at Sporting Clube de Portugal,[3][4] Reading and Notts County, he became a full-time manager at Wigan Borough.[1] He left England for Italy, where he coached Padova from 1927 to 1928.[5] He came back to Lisbon with Sporting Clube de Portugal in 1928. In 1932, he was the first Marseille manager in the newly founded French professional football championship. In France, he had also a stint at Nice.[6]

He came back to England in 1935, with Mansfield Town and then managed Bournemouth for three years.[7]


He died soon after, aged 45. As with his birth, again there is some uncertainly around location. Some sources report that he died in Bournemouth but the RSSSF reports that he died in the town of his boyhood, Dumfries.


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