Aldershot Town are mourning the loss of former striker Terry Bell, who passed away this week at the age of 69 following a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Nottingham-born Bell signed for Tommy MacAnearney’s Shots in 1973 and scored 49 goals in 124 games for the club over a five-year period, while forming lethal strike partnerships with first Jack Howarth and later John Dungworth.

Initially a midfielder, Bell joined Nottingham Forest from school and from there went on to play for Portsmouth and Nuneaton before he was signed by the great Brian Clough for Hartlepool United in 1966 where he was converted to a centre forward. Upon leaving the Shots, Bell spent two years as player coach at nearby Wokingham Town before retiring from the game to concentrate on his business career.

Bell, whose son Nicky also played for Aldershot Town, making five appearances and scoring one goal in 1999, returned to Aldershot as a guest in 2009, and looked back on his time at the club.

“I really enjoyed that part of my career,” he said. “We played some good football and the majority of the time we were a winning team and hada lot of laughs as well.”