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PersonalFullname: John Bell
aka: Jack Bell
Born: 6 October 1869
Signed: August 13th 1898
Debut: Celtic 2-1 Third Lanark, League, 20 Aug 1898
International Caps: 5 (Other caps won while with Dumbarton and Everton)
BiogCeltic signed Dumbarton-born John Bell from English giants Everton in 1898 for an incredible £300 at the time to replace James Blessignton. "A thrusting winger, a precision passer, a defence buster as the mood took him".
A Scottish international Bell had moved to the Merseyside club from his hometown side in 1892 and earned an impressive reputation for himself with his performances for the Goodison club - even scoring in the 1897 FA Cup final defeat to Aston Villa.
The ambitious Bhoys tempted Bell back home in 1898 (for which the Evening Times rushed out a special edition) and he made his Celtic debut in a 2-1 home defeat of Glasgow rivals Third Lanark. A superb dribbler he scored 23 goals in 46 appearances for Celtic including a strike in the 4-3 Scottish Cup final victory over Queens Park on April 14 1900.
That victory gave Bell his second winners medal as a Celtic player following the team's triumph in the same competition the previous season. He left Celtic in the summer of 1900 to return to Merseyside with New Brighton Tower FC before returning to Goddison the following year.
He scored Celtic's first goal of the Twentieth Century, on 1st January 1900 in a 3-2 victory over Rangers.
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