Norman Bell

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Norman Bell
Personal information
Date of birth (1955-11-16) 16 November 1955 (age 58)
Place of birth Sunderland, England
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1971–1975 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1975–1981 Wolverhampton Wanderers 80 (17)
1980 New England Tea Men (loan)[1] 18 (3)
1981–1984 Blackburn Rovers 61 (10)
Darwen
Teams managed
Darwen
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Norman Bell (born 16 November 1955) is an English former footballer, born in Hylton Castle, Sunderland, who played in the Football League for Wolverhampton Wanderers and Blackburn Rovers.[2] He also played in the NASL for New England Tea Men.

Career[edit]

Bell began his career at Wolverhampton Wanderers as an apprentice in 1971, and turned professional in 1973.[3] He made his senior debut for the club on 23 September 1975 in a goalless draw with Aston Villa,[4] but appeared only a handful of times in that season, which ended in relegation from the First Division.[5]

Overlooked for the club's 1976–77 promotion campaign, he returned to the fold in the following season.[5] With John Richards sidelined, Bell played regularly in the 1978–79 season,[6] until breaking his leg in an FA Cup tie at Crystal Palace in February 1979. As a result of the injury and the addition of Andy Gray to the Molineux attack, Bell next featured in the first team more than a year later, in March 1980, when Wolves fielded a weakened side a few days before the League Cup Final.[7][8] He found it hard to gain regular football and eventually left to join Blackburn Rovers in November 1981.[5] In total, he scored 24 goals in 100 games for Wolves.[3]

He stayed with Rovers for two-and-a-half seasons in the Second Division[2] before moving into non-league football as player-manager of Darwen.[9]

Since retiring from football Bell had various sales-related jobs before working with young offenders for Blackburn with Darwen Council.[9] Bell's son Andy also became a professional footballer,[10] and his uncle Harry Bell played in the Football League in the 1940s and 1950s.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NASL bio". NASL Jerseys. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Norman Bell". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 10 January 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Players. A–Z". Wolves-Stats. Retrieved 10 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Team Details: 1975–1976". Wolves-Stats. Retrieved 10 January 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c "Norman Bell Wolverhampton Wanderers FC". Football Heroes. Sporting Heroes Collections. Retrieved 10 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "Team Details: 1978–1979". Wolves-Stats. Retrieved 10 January 2010. 
  7. ^ "Team Details: 1979–1980". Wolves-Stats. Retrieved 10 January 2010. 
  8. ^ Fox, Norman (11 March 1980). "Villa's plans upset by Wolves' reserves". The Times (London). p. 10. 
  9. ^ a b c "The Many Moves Of Norman Bell". Wolves Heroes. 14 May 2009. Retrieved 10 January 2010. 
  10. ^ "Bell joins Cumbrians". NonLeague Daily. 16 November 2009. Retrieved 10 January 2010. 

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