Leeds United F.C. History
Leeds United F.C. History : Foreword
1919-29 - The Twenties
1930-39 - The Thirties
1939-46 - The War Years
1947-49 - Post War Depression
1949-57 - The Reign of King John
1957-63 - From Charles to Revie
1961-75 - The Revie Years
1975-82 - The Downward Spiral
1982-88 - The Dark Years
1988-96 - The Wilko Years
1996-04 - The Rollercoaster Ride
2004-17 - Down Among The Deadmen
100 Greatest LUFC Players Ever
Greatest Leeds United Games
Players' Profiles
Managers' Profiles
Leeds City F.C. History
Leeds City F.C. Player and Manager Profiles
Leeds United/City Statistics
Leeds United/City Captains
Leeds United/City Friendlies and Other Games
Leeds United/City Reserves and Other Teams

Bell: Thomas Gilbert (Tom)

1922-1925 (Player Details)

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Born: Usworth nr Gateshead: 11-04-1899

Debut v Bury (a): 25-12-1922

57 11st 2lb (1922)

United signed Bell from Birtley in March 1922, but he managed just the one game, at left-back, when Jimmy Frew and his deputy Joe Potts were unavailable. "He had an enforced break to his football career in August 1923, when he was sidelined due to firstly injury and then diptheria and it was not until January 1924 that he was ready to return to football" (Courtesy Neil Roche). He left for Third Division South side Southend United, after United released him in June 1925 and his career blossomed, becoming club captain. After scoring twice in ninety-one League and four F.A. Cup appearances for the Shrimpers. First Division Portsmouth signed him in March 1928 and the following year he was in their side which lost 0-2 to Bolton Wanderers in the F.A. Cup Final. In the Final during a period of second-half pressure from Bolton, Bell was injured, and, after attention, switched to outside-left. The cohesion of the Portsmouth team was broken as a result, and Butler, a fiery and determined winger, cut inside to shoot Bolton into the lead with ten minutes to go. Mackie hacked the ball clear a fraction too late, as it had already crossed the line. He made twenty-six League appearances for Pompey before, in May 1930, he joined Third Division North team, Carlisle United, where he made twelve League appearances before moving to Non-League Burton Town in August 1931 and finally back home to Usworth Colliery in October 1931. He died in 1975.

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