Real Name: William Joseph Bellas
Normal Position: Centre Half
Height: 6' 0
Weight: 11st 9lbs
Born: 21/05/1925 (Great Crosby)
Died: 28/04/1994 (Huyton)

Bill BellasAfter representing Crosby and Litherland Boys, he first played as an amateur at local club Marine. He turned professional with Notts County during the war and later had brief spells with Grimsby Town and Nottingham Forest. He played for Mansfield Town's Midland League side at the end of 1947-48. He should have returned there at the start of 1948-49 on a month's trial but Southport offered him a similar trial. Bellas won many admirers as a solid and skilled pivot after taking over from Ted Blagg. Transfer listed at his own request in January 1951, he became part of the now famed swap which brought Wally Taylor and Alf Barratt to Southport, who also received a 1,000 fee. It turned out to be a fine piece of business for Southport but less so for Grimsby as he snapped his ligaments in a tackle on his first outing and, aggravating the injury by playing when unfit, made only 5 Northern Section appearances. He later gave Barry Town good service, winning a Welsh Cup medal in 1954-55. On retiring from football he returned to Merseyside to work for Fords at Halewood. His brother, Derrick, played as an amateur for Southport Reserves and 'A' teams in 1958-59.

Player Profile reproduced with Permission from:
The Sandgrounders: The Complete League History of Southport F. C., by Michael Braham and Geoff Wilde (Palatine Books, 1995). ISBN 978-1-874181-14-9

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Statistics include the following competitions
Cambrian Cup, Conference League Cup, English Jubilee Fund, FA Cup , FA Trophy , Football League Cup, Lancashire Floodlit Trophy, Lancashire Junior Cup, Lancashire League Medal Competition, Lancashire Senior Cup, League, Liverpool Senior Cup, Northern Premier League Cup, Northern Premier League Shield, PLAY OFFS , President's Cup, President's Inter League, Third Division (North) Cup, Welsh Cup,

Season Apps Subs Goals
1948/1949 1300
1949/1950 3800
1950/1951 5000
Total 101 0 0


Games where player was named on the team sheet

Date Competition Venue Opponents Score
05/05/1951 League / D3NA MANSFIELD TOWN 2 - 2
30/04/1951 League / D3NA GATESHEAD (1930) 3 - 1
23/04/1951 Liverpool Senior CupA LIVERPOOL 0 - 1
21/04/1951 League / D3NH HARTLEPOOL 3 - 0
17/04/1951 League / D3NH HALIFAX TOWN 1 - 1
14/04/1951 League / D3NA HALIFAX TOWN 0 - 1
10/04/1951 League / D3NH MANSFIELD TOWN 0 - 1
07/04/1951 League / D3NH STOCKPORT COUNTY 2 - 0
04/04/1951 League / D3NA CREWE ALEXANDRA 0 - 1
31/03/1951 League / D3NA ROCHDALE 1 - 1
26/03/1951 League / D3NA SCUNTHORPE UNITED 0 - 0
24/03/1951 League / D3NH BRADFORD CITY 0 - 1
23/03/1951 League / D3NH SCUNTHORPE UNITED 2 - 2
17/03/1951 League / D3NA SHREWSBURY TOWN 5 - 1
10/03/1951 League / D3NH CHESTER (1885) 0 - 1
03/03/1951 League / D3NA DARLINGTON 1 - 1
24/02/1951 League / D3NH LINCOLN CITY 0 - 2
17/02/1951 League / D3NH WREXHAM 3 - 1
03/02/1951 League / D3NA OLDHAM ATHLETIC 0 - 4
30/01/1951 League / D3NA ROTHERHAM UNITED 1 - 1
27/01/1951 League / D3NH GATESHEAD (1930) 1 - 0
20/01/1951 League / D3NH BRADFORD ( PARK AVENUE ) 2 - 4
16/01/1951 Lancashire Senior Cup / 2H MANCHESTER CITY 1 - 3
13/01/1951 League / D3NA TRANMERE ROVERS 0 - 4
09/01/1951 League / D3NH ROTHERHAM UNITED 0 - 1
26/12/1950 League / D3NH YORK CITY 1 - 1
25/12/1950 League / D3NA YORK CITY 0 - 2
23/12/1950 League / D3NH ACCRINGTON STANLEY 3 - 0
16/12/1950 League / D3NA CARLISLE UNITED 1 - 3
28/11/1950 FA Cup / 1RH LINCOLN CITY 3 - 2
25/11/1950 FA Cup / 1A LINCOLN CITY 1 - 1
18/11/1950 League / D3NA STOCKPORT COUNTY 2 - 3
11/11/1950 League / D3NH ROCHDALE 1 - 1
04/11/1950 League / D3NA BRADFORD CITY 0 - 3
28/10/1950 League / D3NH SHREWSBURY TOWN 1 - 2
21/10/1950 League / D3NA CHESTER (1885) 2 - 0
14/10/1950 League / D3NH DARLINGTON 1 - 0
07/10/1950 League / D3NA LINCOLN CITY 2 - 1
04/10/1950 Lancashire Senior Cup / 1 RA CHESTER (1885) 2 - 0
30/09/1950 League / D3NA WREXHAM 3 - 3
23/09/1950 League / D3NH OLDHAM ATHLETIC 1 - 4
16/09/1950 League / D3NA BRADFORD ( PARK AVENUE ) 0 - 2
12/09/1950 League / D3NH BARROW 4 - 1
09/09/1950 League / D3NH TRANMERE ROVERS 0 - 1
07/09/1950 League / D3NA BARROW 1 - 3
02/09/1950 League / D3NH CREWE ALEXANDRA 2 - 0
29/08/1950 League / D3NH NEW BRIGHTON 0 - 1
26/08/1950 League / D3NA ACCRINGTON STANLEY 1 - 3
22/08/1950 League / D3NA NEW BRIGHTON 0 - 1
19/08/1950 League / D3NH CARLISLE UNITED 1 - 0
29/04/1950 League / D3NH CARLISLE UNITED 1 - 2
10/04/1950 League / D3NA BRADFORD CITY 0 - 6
07/04/1950 League / D3NH BRADFORD CITY 1 - 1
01/04/1950 League / D3NH CREWE ALEXANDRA 2 - 2
11/02/1950 League / D3NA CARLISLE UNITED 3 - 3
04/02/1950 League / D3NH DARLINGTON 1 - 1
17/01/1950 Lancashire Senior Cup / 2H MANCHESTER UNITED 1 - 0
14/01/1950 League / D3NH GATESHEAD (1930) 0 - 3
12/01/1950 FA Cup / 3RA HULL CITY 0 - 5
07/01/1950 FA Cup / 3H HULL CITY 0 - 0
31/12/1949 League / D3NA DONCASTER ROVERS 1 - 5
27/12/1949 League / D3NH ROCHDALE 3 - 2
26/12/1949 League / D3NA ROCHDALE 0 - 2
24/12/1949 League / D3NH STOCKPORT COUNTY 1 - 0
17/12/1949 League / D3NA MANSFIELD TOWN 2 - 1
10/12/1949 FA Cup / 2H BRADFORD CITY 2 - 1
03/12/1949 League / D3NH ROTHERHAM UNITED 4 - 0
01/12/1949 FA Cup / 1RA BARROW 1 - 0
26/11/1949 FA Cup / 1H BARROW 1 - 1
19/11/1949 League / D3NH BARROW 0 - 1
12/11/1949 League / D3NA CREWE ALEXANDRA 2 - 1
05/11/1949 League / D3NH TRANMERE ROVERS 2 - 1
29/10/1949 League / D3NA YORK CITY 1 - 0
22/10/1949 League / D3NH OLDHAM ATHLETIC 3 - 2
19/10/1949 Lancashire Senior Cup / 1A EVERTON 3 - 1
15/10/1949 League / D3NA WREXHAM 0 - 1
08/10/1949 League / D3NH ACCRINGTON STANLEY 1 - 0
01/10/1949 League / D3NH NEW BRIGHTON 0 - 2
24/09/1949 League / D3NA DARLINGTON 2 - 0
17/09/1949 League / D3NH HARTLEPOOL 2 - 1
12/09/1949 League / D3NA HALIFAX TOWN 0 - 0
10/09/1949 League / D3NA GATESHEAD (1930) 2 - 3
05/09/1949 League / D3NH HALIFAX TOWN 1 - 1
03/09/1949 League / D3NH DONCASTER ROVERS 3 - 3
31/08/1949 League / D3NA CHESTER (1885) 1 - 4
27/08/1949 League / D3NA STOCKPORT COUNTY 2 - 3
22/08/1949 League / D3NH CHESTER (1885) 1 - 1
20/08/1949 League / D3NH MANSFIELD TOWN 1 - 1
07/05/1949 League / D3NH WREXHAM 3 - 0
02/05/1949 League / D3NH STOCKPORT COUNTY 1 - 0
30/04/1949 League / D3NA HALIFAX TOWN 1 - 0
26/04/1949 League / D3NH HALIFAX TOWN 2 - 3
23/04/1949 League / D3NH BRADFORD CITY 2 - 1
18/04/1949 League / D3NH CHESTER (1885) 2 - 1
16/04/1949 League / D3NA DONCASTER ROVERS 2 - 1
15/04/1949 League / D3NA CHESTER (1885) 0 - 2
09/04/1949 League / D3NH HULL CITY 0 - 0
02/04/1949 League / D3NA ROTHERHAM UNITED 0 - 1
26/03/1949 League / D3NH ACCRINGTON STANLEY 3 - 0
19/03/1949 League / D3NA OLDHAM ATHLETIC 1 - 2
16/03/1949 Liverpool Senior CupA NEW BRIGHTON 0 - 1