The late John Bell was inducted to the Glenrothes Cricket Club "Hall of Fame" in 2011, the first player to receive the distinction.
With the ball John took 1947 wickets in 1st XI at an average of 10.88, a best of 9 for 23 and sits at number 1 in club’s all-time bowling rankings. Whilst with the bat he scored 7,691 for the 1st XI at an average of 13.59 with a best of 111 and sits at number 3 in the club’s all-time batting rankings.
John was also club captain 5 times and continued taking wickets at a very good rate, slightly ironic that he won the 2nd XI bowling award on the same night he was inducted to the Hall of Fame.
The most remarkable fact is that John was a founder of the club in 1957 at the age of just 14. His dedication to the club over the years saw him take on the role of Match Secretary 17 times, Club Secretary 3 times and Club President 11 times.
In recent years he looked after the ground at the Riverside Park and then the Gilvenbank Park; preparing the best pitches he could in some rather wet conditions.
John was also the captain of the inaugural Glenrothes CC 3rd XI during the 2012 season and 4th XI in 2013 before retiring in 2014 following a fabulous 57 year career.
He was honoured by the club with a Testimonial Match which he played with many of the players he shared the field with over the years. In December 2014 John Bell was made a Life Member of the club and also awarded with the position of Life President.
John Bell died suddenly at his home in Glenrothes in October 2016, he will be dearly missed by all at GCC.