Charlie Bell (footballer)
|Full name||Charles Oliver Bell|
|Date of birth||18 May 1894|
|Place of birth||Dumfries, Scotland|
|Date of death||5 June 1939(aged 45)|
|Place of death||Bournemouth, England|
|Queens Park Rangers|
|1919–1922||Sporting Clube de Portugal|
|1928–1930||Sporting Clube de Portugal|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
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.
Coaching and management
After coaching jobs at Sporting Clube de Portugal, Reading and Notts County, he became a full-time manager at Wigan Borough. He left England for Italy, where he coached Padova from 1927 to 1928. 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.
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.
- Bathgate, Stuart (16 February 2011). "Forgotten Scot who helped to shape Sporting Lisbon's history". The Scotsman. Retrieved 16 February 2011.
- Profile and biography of Charles Bell (Portuguese)
- "AFC Bournemouth Club Information". www.afcb.co.uk. AFC Bournemouth. 8 October 2008. Archived from the original on 5 January 2009. Retrieved 18 August 2013.