On Monday 14 September 2015, during a team managers meeting, our Vice Chairman Charlie Scott was presented with the ‘Billy Bell Memorial Trophy’.
Charlie was completely taken by surprise – and lost for words! as the meeting was paused whilst the presentation took place.
The presentation, ‘for outstanding contribution to junior football’ was made by BBC Newcastle’s very own Barry Hindson, and Bill Gibson, Vice President of Gateshead FC.
Billy Bell managed Blyth Spartans, Spennymoor and Evenwood Town to the Northern League title and he was regarded as an innovative coach who was years ahead of his time. He was also the pioneer of junior football in the North East with Evenwood Juniors it was from his original idea that everything else followed and junior football spread cross the region.
It is fair to say without Billy’s initial vision junior football would not be what it is today. Many people of vision and dedication have carried the game forward but it all began with Billy Bell.
When Billy passed away Bill Gibson, former Chairman and now Vice President of Gateshead and a close friend of the Bell family, suggested putting up a trophy to be awarded annually in his memory to someone who had made an outstanding contribution to junior football. Bill and Barry became trustees of the award and with input from the Northumberland FA and Durham FA they select the recipient who receives The Billy Bell Memorial Trophy to be held for one year as well as a permanent replica.