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Chelsea FC Profile: John Bell

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Full Name: Dr John Barr Bell

Born: Friday, 5th April 1901
Place of birth: Barrow-In-Furness, Cumbria, England
Height: 5' 8 1/2"
Died: Thursday, 31st May 1973 (aged 72)
Place of death: Hastings, East Sussex, England
Burial: Cremated - Hastings Crematorium - John's ashes were scattered on a rose bush in the garden of remembrance.

Involvement with Chelsea:

Men's 1st Team Player from 1920 to 1923

Playing Career:

Queens Park (A)
Chelsea (A) (Aug 1920 to Dec 1923) - cost: unknown

* (A) = Amateur

Chelsea First-Team Career Summary

Competitive Debut: Saturday, 11th September 1920, Manchester United 3 - 1 Chelsea

Age on debut: 19 years 5 months 6 days

Last Competitive First-Team Appearance: Saturday, 7th April 1923, Chelsea 1 - 1 Manchester City


Season League F.A. Cup Lg Cup Europe Oth* Ttl
1920 / 21 600006
1921 / 22 24100025
1922 / 23 12100013


Season League F.A. Cup Lg Cup Europe Oth* Ttl
1920 / 21 200002
1921 / 22 510006
1922 / 23 200002

* oth = other competitive matches such as Full Members Cup, Charity/Community Shield, Fifa World Club Cup.
Figures in ( ) are substitute appearances and are also included in the totals.
i.e. John Bell made 44 appearances for Chelsea, of which 0 were as a substitute.

Competitive Matches Played

CompDateHome  AwayAtt
League11th Sep 1920Manchester United31Chelsea40,000 match lost scored 1 goal
League18th Sep 1920Chelsea12Manchester United35,000 match lost scored 1 goal
League25th Sep 1920Burnley40Chelsea27,000 match lost
League16th Oct 1920Chelsea04Tottenham Hotspur76,000 match lost
League9th Apr 1921Huddersfield Town20Chelsea14,200 match lost
League16th Apr 1921Chelsea11Huddersfield Town37,500 match drawn
League27th Aug 1921Blackburn Rovers11Chelsea30,000 match drawn
League12th Nov 1921Sheffield United12Chelsea20,000 match won
League19th Nov 1921Chelsea10Bradford City35,000 match won
League26th Nov 1921Bradford City01Chelsea15,000 match won scored 1 goal
League3rd Dec 1921Chelsea00Preston North End30,000 match drawn
League26th Dec 1921Middlesbrough01Chelsea30,000 match won scored 1 goal
League27th Dec 1921Chelsea11Middlesbrough67,000 match drawn scored 1 goal
League31st Dec 1921Chelsea02Arsenal50,000 match lost
F.A. Cup7th Jan 1922Chelsea24West Bromwich Albion32,800 match lost scored 1 goal
League14th Jan 1922Arsenal10Chelsea40,000 match lost
League18th Jan 1922Chelsea03Bolton Wanderers15,000 match lost
League21st Jan 1922Bolton Wanderers02Chelsea20,000 match won
League4th Feb 1922Oldham Athletic03Chelsea10,000 match won scored 1 goal
League8th Feb 1922Cardiff City20Chelsea25,000 match lost
League11th Feb 1922Chelsea10Oldham Athletic30,000 match won
League25th Feb 1922Chelsea10Cardiff City65,000 match won
League4th Mar 1922West Bromwich Albion22Chelsea11,026 match drawn
League11th Mar 1922Chelsea11West Bromwich Albion30,000 match drawn
League25th Mar 1922Manchester City00Chelsea25,000 match drawn
League1st Apr 1922Chelsea10Everton30,000 match won
League8th Apr 1922Everton23Chelsea30,000 match won
League10th Apr 1922Chelsea10Huddersfield Town18,000 match won
League14th Apr 1922Chelsea10Aston Villa59,557 match won
League15th Apr 1922Chelsea10Sunderland40,000 match won
League17th Apr 1922Aston Villa14Chelsea20,000 match won scored 1 goal
League26th Aug 1922Chelsea11Birmingham40,000 match drawn scored 1 goal
League7th Oct 1922Chelsea00Sheffield United35,000 match drawn
League14th Oct 1922Sheffield United02Chelsea25,000 match won scored 1 goal
League21st Oct 1922Chelsea13Sunderland38,000 match lost
League28th Oct 1922Sunderland11Chelsea25,000 match drawn
League4th Nov 1922Preston North End20Chelsea15,000 match lost
League11th Nov 1922Chelsea01Preston North End25,000 match lost
League16th Dec 1922Chelsea00Tottenham Hotspur50,000 match drawn
League23rd Dec 1922Tottenham Hotspur31Chelsea40,000 match lost
League25th Dec 1922Chelsea22Nottingham Forest35,000 match drawn
F.A. Cup7th Feb 1923Southampton10Chelsea15,781 match lost
League10th Feb 1923Everton31Chelsea30,000 match lost
League7th Apr 1923Chelsea11Manchester City30,000 match drawn

Non-Competitive First-Team Appearances

Season Appearances
1921 / 22 1
1922 / 23 2

Non-Competitive First-Team Goals


Figures in ( ) are substitute appearances and are also included in the totals.
i.e. John Bell made 3 appearances for Chelsea, of which 0 were as a substitute.

Non-Competitive First-Team Matches Played

CompDateHome  AwayAtt
Friendly17th Aug 1921Chelsea32Chelsea10,000 match lost
Friendly14th Aug 1922Chelsea42Chelseaunknown match lost
London Prof. Charity Fund16th Oct 1922Fulham00Chelsea10,000 match drawn

Non-First-Team Appearances

Season Appearances
1920 / 21 2
1921 / 22 8
1922 / 23 2

Non-First-Team Goals

1921 / 22 1

Figures in ( ) are substitute appearances and are also included in the totals.
i.e. John Bell made 12 appearances for Chelsea, of which 0 were as a substitute.

Non-First-Team Matches Played

CompDateHome  AwayAtt
Reserve League20th Sep 1920Tottenham Hotspur40Chelseaunknown match lost
Reserve League9th Apr 1921Clapton Orient30Chelseaunknown match lost
Reserve League27th Aug 1921Tottenham Hotspur10Chelsea12,000 match lost
Reserve League3rd Sep 1921Crystal Palace21Chelsea4,000 match lost scored 1 goal
Reserve League8th Sep 1921Clapton Orient10Chelseaunknown match lost
Reserve League15th Sep 1921Chelsea21Tottenham Hotspur5,000 match won
Reserve League24th Sep 1921Charlton Athletic00Chelsea1,000 match drawn
Reserve League29th Sep 1921Chelsea30Crystal Palaceunknown match won
Reserve League13th Oct 1921Chelsea11West Ham Unitedunknown match drawn
Reserve League20th Oct 1921Chelsea41Brentfordunknown match won
Reserve League11th Dec 1922Chelsea03Queens Park Rangersunknown match lost
Reserve League29th Jan 1923Chelsea43Queens Park Rangersunknown match won

Chelsea Graves Society Info & External Research Links:

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Link to the findagrave profile for Dr John Barr Bell View CGS profile for Dr John Barr Bell on Find-A-Grave
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Chelsea FC Player John Bell

Games Won: 15
Win Percentage: 34.09%
Total Bookings: 0
Times Sent Off: 0


During his Chelsea first-team career of 44 appearances, John Bell played alongside the following 35 players (number of appearances together in the same match-day squad in brackets)

Jimmy Armstrong (3)
James Ashford (3)
Benjamin Baker (22)
Fred Barrett (7)
Wally Bettridge (3)
David Cameron (15)
Jack Cock (26)
Jimmy Croal (14)
George Dale (3)
Bill Dickie (2)
Willie Ferguson (1)
Jim Ferris (2)
Bill Finlayson (1)
Harry Ford (28)
Jimmy Frew (1)
Harold Halse (2)
Colin Hampton (15)
Jack Harrow (43)
William Haywood (9)
Frank Hoddinott (16)
Joe Langton (1)
John Lee (1)
Tommy Logan (4)
Wilson Marsh (1)
Ken McKenzie (13)
Bobby McNeil (43)
Tommy Meehan (35)
Nils Middelboe (3)
James Molyneux (6)
John Priestley (3)
Buchanan Sharp (24)
George Smith (32)
Stephen Smith (19)
Joe Ward (1)
Harry Wilding (38)