Port Vale supporter and journalist Phil Shaw has written an obituary to former Vale chairman Bill Bell who passed away earlier this year.
The obituary, titled “Car dealer who brought glory to Port Vale” begins: “With the wheeler-dealing manner of the used-car salesman he was in his ‘day job’, and a habit of blowing clouds of cigar smoke, Bill Bell resembled an old-school football chairman from central casting.
Behind the stereotype lay a pragmatic, aspirational character, who, despite a tempestuous relationship with manager John Rudge, brought Port Vale the greatest decade in their 137-year history.”
Read the full obituary here:
Note: Phil Shaw has contacted OVF to apologise for getting Vale’s score against Everton wrong in the article – it should be 2-1 of course!