10 March 2012

Harry Bell

Name: Henry Bell
Born: Belfast
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Position: Outside-Right


Representative Honours: Ireland: 1 Amateur Cap (1939).


Club Career:
Clubs
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
Other
St Barnabas CLB
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Youth
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Mountcollyer
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Youth
(Juvenile League)
Victoria Rangers
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(Bellevue.Summer.League)
Brantwood
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Amateur
(Intermediate League)
Crusaders
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Amateur
(Intermediate)
Larne
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Amateur
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Linfield
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Amateur
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TOTALS
£-
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Biography:
A goalscoring winger, "capable of cutting in and snapping up chances", Harry Bell's "wandering" talents were obvious from a young age.

As a boy Bell played as right-back for St Barnabas' Church Lads Brigade and St Barnabas' Public Elementary School. By the time he joined Mountcollyer, still in his early teens, Bell had found his true position and subsequently claimed two Juvenile League medals and one in the McAlevey Cup over three seasons, finishing top scorer in each campaign.

It was while playing in the Bellevue Summer League that Bell made his first "big" move, joining Intermediate League side, Brantwood. There he played only a few games before transferring to boyhood favourites, Crusaders. His form at intermediate level was quickly rewarded with a move to the Irish League proper with Larne. He quickly established himself at Inver Park, impressing with his pace, control, centring and ability to "shoot while at top speed."

Bright things were predicted for Bell, and midway through the 1938/39 season he joined Linfield and shortly thereafter was awarded his only Amateur cap in a 1-1 draw with Scotland at Firhill.


Ireland Amateur Cap Details:
19-04-1939 Scotland A D 1-1


Summary: 1/0. Won 0, Drew 1, Lost 0.

Source: Irelands Saturday Night 31-12-1938 (kindly forwarded by Jim Murphy)

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