Alf Bellis

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Alf Bellis
Personal information
Full name Alfred Bellis[1]
Date of birth (1920-10-08)8 October 1920[1]
Place of birth Liverpool, England[1]
Date of death 28 April 2013(2013-04-28) (aged 92)[2]
Playing position Outside left
Youth career
Shell Juniors
Burnell's Ironworks
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1938–1948 Port Vale 82 (18)
1948–1951 Bury 95 (18)
1951–1953 Swansea Town 41 (11)
1953–1954 Chesterfield 13 (3)
Rhyl Athletic
Colwyn Bay
Penmaenmawr
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Alfred Bellis (8 October 1920 – 28 April 2013) was an English footballer who played at outside left in the Football League for Port Vale, Bury, Swansea Town, and Chesterfield. He also played for Ellesmere Port Town, Rochdale, Notts County, Manchester United and Manchester City during World War II.

Playing career[edit]

Bellis was working as a laboratory assistant at Shell when he was spotted playing for the works team.[2] He joined Port Vale from Burnell's Ironworks in March 1938,[1] and was sacked by Shell after choosing to play for Vale ahead of the company.[2] He scored on his debut on 30 April 1938, in a 4–1 win over Rochdale at The Old Recreation Ground, in what was the last home game of the 1937–38 campaign.[1] He scored three goals in 31 appearances in 1938–39.[1] During the war he played for the "Valiants", as well as guesting for Ellesmere Port Town, Rochdale, Notts County, Manchester United and Manchester City.[1] He was particularly active for Manchester Untied in the 1942–43 and 1943–44 seasons. On 9 October 1943, he scored a hat-trick for the "Red Devils" in a 3–1 win over Chester. For his wartime duties he loaded bombs onto planes.[2]

He was the Vale's top-scorer for the 1944–45 season with 10 goals and, despite also guesting for Luton Town, was a regular in the side.[1] He scored 12 goals in 43 games in 1946–47, as the Football League Third Division South continued following an eight season break.[1] He hit four goals in 18 games in 1947–48, before he was traded to Bury in exchange for Walter Keeley and a 'substantial fee' in January 1948 by manager Gordon Hodgson.[1] He played 158 games (84 in the Football League) and scored 46 goals (18 in the football league).[1]

At the end of the 1947–48 season, Norman Bullock's "Shakers" avoided relegation out of the Second Division by one place and five points. They reached 12th in the league in 1948–49 and then finished 18th in 1949–50, before avoiding the drop by one place and two points in 1950–51 under the stewardship of John McNeill. After 95 league games, Bellis then left Gigg Lane and switched to league rivals Swansea Town, who posted 19th and 11th-place finishes in 1951–52 and 1952–53 under the stewardship of Billy McCandless. He left the "Swans" after two years at Vetch Field, and played for Chesterfield in the 1953–54 campaign, helping them to finish sixth in the Third Division North. He featured in just 13 league games for Teddy Davison's "Spireites", and departed Saltergate for stays with Welsh non-league sides Rhyl Athletic, Colwyn Bay and Penmaenmawr. He later worked in a factory.[2]

Personal life[edit]

He married Ellen and had three daughters: Ann Ridell, Kate Meere and Norma J Bellis who is currently a Kent County tennis player.[2]

Statistics[edit]

  • Sourced from Alf Bellis profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
Club Season Division League FA Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Port Vale 1937–38 Third Division North 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1
1938–39 Third Division South 26 3 2 0 3 0 31 3
1939–40 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0
1945–46 0 0 6 3 0 0 6 3
1946–47 Third Division South 38 10 5 2 0 0 43 12
1947–48 Third Division South 17 4 1 0 0 0 18 4
Total 82 18 14 5 5 0 201 23
Bury 1947–48 Second Division 17 4 0 0 0 0 17 4
1948–49 Second Division 27 6 1 0 0 0 28 6
1949–50 Second Division 34 5 3 2 0 0 37 7
1950–51 Second Division 17 3 1 0 0 0 18 3
Total 95 18 5 2 0 0 100 20
Swansea Town 1951–52 Second Division 37 11 3 1 0 0 40 12
1952–53 Second Division 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Total 41 11 3 1 0 0 44 12
Chesterfield 1953–54 Third Division North 13 3 0 0 0 0 13 3
Career Total 231 50 22 8 5 0 258 58

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 24. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Parsons, Chris. "Former player passes away". port-vale.co.uk. Retrieved 5 June 2013.