Mo Bell is the BRFPA’s Secretary & Membership Secretary, but it is more usual for her to be providing player profiles to other clubs for their matchday programmes than having to provide her own history for our web site!
In 1947, as a young 10 year old, Mo was faced with a choice of going Christmas shopping with her Mother or to the football with her Dad because she wasn’t yet allowed to stay at home on her own. The option to walk down Muller Road to Eastville Stadium was an easy decision, with her first match at home to Brighton & Hove Albion. Rovers won that day and as a young hockey-mad player Mo could relate to soccer: sharing the simple object of getting the ball in the net.
Mo was immediately hooked, and a 70 year journey that started at Eastville continued on to Twerton and the Memorial Stadium, but Mo still dreams of a new stadium and hopes to see it in her lifetime.
Over those 70 years there have been many memories to treasure – promotions from the League and games in the FA Cup, especially beating Manchester United (the Busby Babes) in 1956 and the 1951 Quarter Final replay against Newcastle United at Eastville one afternoon during mid-week before floodlights were installed. The names of the 1950’s team under Bert Tann still roll off the tongue, including the unique Geoff Bradford whose goal scoring record stands today.
Mo gained a lot of satisfaction some 25 years ago when starting an Internet forum with Gerry Prewett, a colleague in Perth, Australia and another ex-pat in the USA. Before the advent of the world wide web Mo would type up the Rovers report from the Evening Post and send it off by email to fans not only in the UK but also those scattered all across the whole world. The vast number of supporters who joined the ‘Gaslist’ enabled them to sponsor players, the first of whom was David Pritchard, and Mo believes ’Internet Gas’ can claim to be the first Internet forum to sponsor a player.
As Secretary of BRFPA Mo feels it is very rewarding to be part of a team advancing the aims of the new Association and also hopes to have the chance to meet old and new friends in the Bristol Rovers family.