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was an English
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footballer who holds the record for the most consecutive appearances for a British football team.
Bell was picked for Tranmere Rovers
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in the first game after World War II
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in the 1946/47 season and did not miss a match until he was dropped on 30 August 1955, a total of 401 consecutive league matches for the team in Football League Third Division North
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. He also played in 26 FA Cup
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matches, 22 Liverpool Senior Cup
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and 10 Cheshire Bowl games, making a grand total of 459 appearances. In total he made 633 appearances for the club, finally leaving the club in 1961.