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Former editor who covered football until last year dies aged 77

An editor who was still covering football as recently as last year has died aged 77.

Tributes have been paid to David Bell, who edited the Rutherglen Reformer in the 1970s and also worked for titles including the Glasgow Evening Times and Hamilton Advertiser.

David, pictured, later covered Scottish junior football for the Advertiser for 25 years.

He was given a guard of honour, pictured below, when he covered his last game in 2019 by the players of Blantyre Vics Football Club.

David Bell guard

Advertiser editor Robert Mitchell said: “David was a legendary Lanarkshire journalist. My sincere condolences to his family.”

David began his career at the Motherwell Times before as spells as a freelance reporter and on the staff of the Evening Times.

He first joined the Advertiser in December 1969 as a district reporter, later becoming sports editor, before taking on the editorship of the Reformer.

Between 1975 and 1995 he worked a sa press officer for Glasgow District Council, before spending three years with Beattie Communications and setting up his company called Bell Media in 1998.

David covered Hamilton Academical football match for 40 years and Motherwell FC games for 30 years, and was also editor of Airdrieonians programme Broomfield Bullet and the Motherwell Fir Park News.

He was also treasurer and vice-chairman Lanarkshire branch of the National Union of Journalists and received a lifetime membership from the union in 2010.

David is survived by his wife Anne, daughter Julie, son-in-law Stewart, grandchildren Lesley-Anne, Ashley, Jamie, Ellie-Jay and Abigail and great-grandchildren Lacey and Amiaa.

He died on 26 August after a long illness and his funeral was held on 4 September.