The club were very saddened to learn of the passing at the end of last week of journalist David Bell.
Each team normally has a ‘duty journalist’, the person who phones in the red cards, goal flashes etc that happen during games that you see pop up on the TV screens during games on Saturday afternoons. David was our press box reporter who did that for over 30 years from the early 1980s onwards from old Douglas Park, to our ground shares 1994-2001, and at NDP from 2001 until his retirement about five years ago. He also covered all our home games for the News of the World and other Sunday papers.
He was also Airdrieonians programme editor in the 1980s, and was the Hamilton Advertiser’s reporter on the Lanarkshire juniors up until the season ended early last season. He was a more than familiar face in press boxes, after match press conferences where he was normally the first to get the Manager’s comments, and also at all the Lanarkshire junior grounds where he could be seen in trademark grey anorak and camera around his neck.
He orginally started off at the Motherwell Times in 1961 and later became deputy head of PR at Glasgow City Council, and later did the PR for Lanarkshire Chamber of Commerce and Supercounty. He was awarded life membership of the National Union of Journalists in 2010.
Back in 2002 he got a Sunday Post front page picture exclusive when covering a Blantyre Vics game and there had been some people taking shots at players with an airgun, one of those hit, but thankfully not injured, was our onloan goalkeeper Stewart Thomson.
Former club secretary Scott Struthers commented, “David was a more than familiar figure in Lanarkshire football, and while he covered all our home games for the news agencies, if we were away then you’d find him at Motherwell, or Airdrie, or the juniors. Many will recall him around the Lanarkshire junior grounds over the past ten years or so as well. He was always very gentlemanly, very meticulous and he will be missed.”
The club sends our condolences to David’s family and friends at this time.