Mark Bell (footballer)
Mark Dickson Bell (8 February 1881 – 22 October 1961) was a Scottish footballer who played for Heart of Midlothian in the early years of the twentieth century, helping them to win the Scottish Cup in 1901, before moving to southern England where he won Southern League championships with Southampton and Fulham. He won one international cap with Scotland in 1901.
|Full name||Mark Dickson Bell|
|Date of birth||8 February 1881|
|Place of birth||Edinburgh, Scotland|
|Date of death||22 October 1961 80)(aged|
|Place of death||Edinburgh, Scotland|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Playing position||Outside right|
|1900–1902||Heart of Midlothian|
|1903–1904||Heart of Midlothian|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Heart of Midlothian
Bell was born in Edinburgh and after junior football with Roseberry and St Bernard's, he joined Heart of Midlothian in April 1900. In his first season with Hearts, he was joint top scorer (with Bill Porteous) with eight goals and was a member of the team that won the Scottish Cup, defeating Division One runners-up Celtic 4–3. He earned his solitary cap for Scotland in a 1–1 draw with Wales on 2 March 1901.
At Hearts he was regarded as a nippy forward, equally at home on either wing. In 1901–02 he helped Hearts to third place in the Scottish League table.
In 1902, he moved to the south coast of England, where Southampton were attempting to reclaim the Southern League title and recruited six new players, including fellow Scots, Tom Robertson from Liverpool and Jack Fraser from St Mirren.
Bell made his debut on 18 October 1902, standing in for Joe Turner, in a 1–1 draw at Kettering Town. Injury prevented him making regular appearances, although he made six consecutive league (and three in the FA Cup) in January and February replacing the injured Dick Evans. Bell contributed six league goals, plus one in the cup, including a pair in an 11–0 victory over Watford on 13 December 1902. This remains the "Saints" joint highest victory margin in League football.
In April 1903, he returned to Hearts helping them to take the runners-up position in the Scottish League for the 1903–04 season.
After the First World War he emigrated to Australia in 1919.
- Wales 1 Scotland 1 (2 March 1901) – Match details
- Holley, Duncan; Chalk, Gary (1992). The Alphabet of the Saints. ACL & Polar Publishing. p. 28. ISBN 0-9514862-3-3.
- Chalk, Gary; Holley, Duncan (1987). Saints – A complete record. Breedon Books. pp. 32–33. ISBN 0-907969-22-4.
- Saints – A complete record. p. 233.