Bell, Norman

Born: Hylton Castle (Sunderland), 16 November 1955.

Career: Wolves apprentice Jly 71 professional Nov 73, New England Tea Men 1980, Blackburn Rovers Nov 81, Darwen player-manager.

Norman Bell a Centre-forward joined Wolves as an apprentice, made his Reserves debut at Blackpool on 26 March 1974 and netted his first goal four days later at home to Manchester City in the Central League. He went on to make 118 starts with another 15 as a substitute and netted 58 goals. He hit a four-timer at Newcastle United in November 1976 and was the Reserves top scorer in 1974/75 and 1975/76. His first team debut came at home to Aston Villa on 23 September 1975 and registered his first strike at Norwich City in April 1976. Norman Bell went on to net 24 goals in 100 appearances despite breaking his leg at Crystal Palace in a League Cup in February 1979. Bell went on to become fondly known as ‘Super Sub’ after his exploits in the clubs 1981 FA Cup run when he netted goals against Wrexham and Middlesbrough after coming off the bench. His substitute role followed him to United States where went to in May 1980 he had a spell with New England Teaman where he made 20 appearances of which eight where from the bench. Bell transferred to Blackburn Rovers where he went on to make 25 appearances netting 10 goals. Unfortunately for Bell he got injured against Huddersfield Town in Blackburn’s opening fixture of the 1983/84 season. The injury ‘a serious knee injury ended his playing career. Following his retirement Norman Bell went in to Non-league football as player-manager with Darwen.

Bell’s son played professional football with Blackburn Rovers, Wycombe Wanderers and Y0rk City and his uncle played league football with Middlesbrough and Darlington.

Football League Appearances 141, Goals 27.

First Team

FL FAC LC Oth Tot
A S G A S G A S G A S G A S G
1975/76 11 2/1 4 4 1 15 2/1 5
1976/77 0/2 0/2
1977/78 13 3/2 4 3 16 3/2 4
1978/79 17 4/1 3 4 2 1 21 5/1 5
1979/80 2 3/4 3 2 3/4 3
1980/81 12 8/1 3 3 4/1 4 15 12/2 7
1981/82 3 2 1 3 3
Total 58 22/11 17 14 4/1 7 2 72 28/12 24

Reserves

CL SC BC Oth Tot
A S G A S G A S G A S G A S G
1973/74 7 2 3 7 2 3
1974/75 15 11 11 15 11 11
1975/76 22 13 22 13
1976/77 28 1 10 28 1 10
1977/78 12 1 5 12 1 5
1978/79 6 4 6 4
1979/80 8 3 8 3
1980/81 11 6 11 6
1981/82 9 3 9 3
Total 118 15 58 118 15 58