Angell was a left-winger with Slough Town when Charlton Athletic were first interested in him. After a few games at the Valley in the London Mid-Week League, however, he was allowed to go to Queens Park Rangers, where he signed professional in June 1953. Angell made his debut for QPR in September 1953 in the 2–0 win against Walsall and went on to play 417 league games scoring 37 goals.
In later years he became a highly respected coach, laying the foundations for getting Orient back into the second division after their rapid fall from First Division to the Third in the mid-sixties. He was assistant manager for both of Jimmy Bloomfield's spells as manager and also during the reign of George Petchey. During Angell's time at Orient, the club won the 1970 third division championship just a year after surviving relegation on the final day of the season with a 4–0 at home to Shrewsbury. The O's became established in the old second division and enjoyed two cup runs, to the quarter finals in 1972 and the semis in 1978. On both occasions Orient defeated Chelsea en route and were finally eliminated by Arsenal.
- Soccer Who's Who compiled by Maurice Golesworthy The Sportsmans Book Club London 1965
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