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Full Name: John James Bell (also known as Daisy)
Born: 02 March 1891
Came from: Reading Went to: Nottingham Forest
First game: 09 November 1912 Last game: 27 September 1913
Appearances: 22 (22/0) Goals: 10
Bell began his career playing for his regiment, the Sherwood Foresters, before spells with St Bartholomew's and Christ Church. He had a trial with Nottingham Forest in 1909 and then played for Sutton Town and the Royal Engineers before signing for Reading in 1911. A versatile forward who could play at inside-right, inside-left or centre-forward, Bell moved to Home Park in July 1912, the club handbook describing him as "dashing and fast, a splendid goal getter".
In 15 months with Argyle he struggled to break into the first team and in October 1913 returned to his hometown, signing for Forest. He scored 6 goals in 54 league games over the next two seasons before the outbreak of war interrupted his career. When hostilities ceased he had brief spells with South Shields, Merthyr Town, Grimsby Town and Loughborough Corinthians before signing for Rotherham County in 1922. He spent 18 months with the club, scoring twice in 15 appearances before ending his career at Hartlepools United.
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From Jon Gibbes in Torquay on 10/10/2018 ...
It was a different Jack Bell (born in Dundee) who played for Hartlepools:
After being released by Rotherham at the and of 1922/23, this Jack Bell played Southern League football at Weymouth in 1923/24 and at Torquay United in 1924/25.
Source: Western Morning News 16/7/24
The age quoted in the WMN article is wrong.
APPEARANCE DETAILS [reselect competitions]
The details below reflect appearances in all first-team competitions.
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