Wally Bellett

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Wally Bellett
Personal information
Full name Walter Ronald Bellett
Date of birth (1933-11-14) 14 November 1933 (age 80)
Place of birth Stratford, London, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Full back
Club information
Current team
Retired
Youth career
Canvey Island
Grays Athletic
Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1954 Chelmsford City
1954 Barking Town
1954–1958 Chelsea 35 (1)
1958–1960 Plymouth Argyle 41 (1)
1960–1961 Chelmsford City
1961 Leyton Orient 0 (0)
1961–1962 Chester 12 (1)
1962–1963 Wrexham 2 (0)
1963–1964 Tranmere Rovers 0 (0)
1964–1966 Gravesend & Northfleet
1966–1974 Canvey Island
National team
England Youth
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Walter "Wally" Bellett (born 14 November 1933, Stratford, London) is a former English footballer who played as a full back.

Playing career[edit]

Bellett spent time as a youngster with Grays Athletic, Arsenal, Chelmsford City and Barking Town and was called up for the England Youth side.[1] In his early football career he was also based in Malaysia with the Royal Air Force.[1]

He signed professional forms with Chelsea in September 1954 after impressing on trial,[1] making his Football League First Division debut in February 1956 in a 2–2 draw with Manchester City.[1] He will also be remembered as being in the iconic Tom Finney splash photograph with his appearance in it almost being completely obscured. After 35 league appearances for Chelsea he moved to Plymouth Argyle in December 1958, with the season ending with Bellett having helped the Pilgrims finishing as champions of the Football League Third Division. Although Bellett briefly dropped out of professional football when he returned to Chelmsford,[1] he was to quickly be back in the Football League with fairly short spells at Leyton Orient, Chester, Wrexham and Tranmere Rovers.[1]

In 1964 Bellett dropped back into Non-League football with Gravesend & Northfleet, later going on to enjoy a long playing and coaching stint with Canvey Island.[1] Away from football he worked as a car mechanic and lorry driver.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Gareth M Davies and Peter Jones (1999). The Racecourse Robins. Davies and Jones. pp. 28–29. ISBN 0-9524950-1-5.