Alec Bell played for Exeter City between 1954 and 1958. He joined the club from Partick Thistle and later played for Grimsby Town.
Starting with Glenafton Athletic in Ayrshire, he had been playing for Partick Thistle prior to his arrival at St James’ Park in August 1954. Making his debut at Colchester United on 2 September 1954 he received his National Service call-up papers five days later and, after appearing in three more games, was posted back to Glasgow. With City fearing the last had been seen of the recent arrival he was subsequently reassigned to Topsham and made a total of sixteen appearances during 1954/55.
He remained at the Park until the end of the 1957-58 season vying for the goalkeeping jersey with George Hunter and, having asked for a transfer in November 1957, moved tto Grimsby Town in July 1958 where he only played eight league matches before injury forced him to retire from playing.
He moved back to Cumnock where he worked as a school caretaker for many years.