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Willie Bell: 1937-2023

23 March 2023

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Everyone at the Imps is saddened by the loss of former manager Willie Bell who has passed away at the age of 85.

Willie was born in 1937 in Johnstone, Scotland and began his professional playing career with Queen’s Park in 1958.

The Scotsman went on to enjoy a lengthy playing career as a full-back for the likes of Leeds United, Leicester City and Brighton & Hove Albion before hanging up his boots in 1970.

The defender also earned two international caps for Scotland in 1966 against Portugal and Brazil.

Willie’s first British coaching role came at Birmingham City in 1975 where he spent two seasons before taking the reins at Lincoln City between 1977 and 1978.

Bell became a coach at Liberty University in the USA after moving overseas in 1979 and remained there until retirement.

Rest in peace, Willie.

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