Willie Bell Obituary, Death – Matt Gillies, who was the manager of Leicester City at the time, made the transaction with Don Revie’s Leeds United in September 1967. The transfer fee was for £45,000. It was anticipated that he would take over for Richie Norman, who had served as Leicester City’s starting left fullback for the eight seasons prior to his arrival.
Willie started his professional career in the Scottish Second Division in 1957 with Queens Park as a half-back. While playing for Queens Park, he won two amateur caps for Scotland. In July 1960, Willie moved on to Leeds United. During his seven years at Elland Road, Willie played 260 games, winning a Second Division Championship medal in 1964 and playing as a losing finalist in both the FA Cup in 1965 and the Fairs Cup in 1967. He also won two full international Scotland caps against Brazil and Portugal in 1966.
After signing for Leicester, he was an ever-present in the league for the remaining 33 games of the 1967/68 season when his new club finished 13th in the top-flight. He also played in all six games in the City’s FA Cup run that season which ended in a quarter-final defeat against Everton. He then managed Third Division Lincoln City between December 1977 and October 1978 after which he went to the USA to coach football at a Christian University in Virginia as well as working with young offenders in the UK. The thoughts of everyone at Leicester City Football Club are with the family and friends of Willie at this sad time.