Ernie Bell

Ernie BellIt is with great sadness that the club has to report that Ernie passed away peacefully on the morning of Sunday 2nd September 2018. His health had not been good for some time.

Ernie was a legendary player and Clubman. He was Club/1st XV Rugby Captain (1969-71) playing at No 8 and flanker. He was both a skilful and feisty player taking no nonsense from irritating opponents. He features as one of "The 10 Hardest Players" (1960-2010) in an article I wrote for the website several years ago! He was a regular 1st Team player throughout the '60's and early '70's.

Ernie always had a special 'rapport' with Liverpool Society referees enjoying good banter with them both on and off the field, including my late father, Harold. Indeed my Dad always told me that Ernie was one of his favourite Parkonians!! He had a very dry sense of humour and was great company in the Clubhouse after a game. In addition he had a great impact and influence upon young/upcoming players, none more so than our current OPAL Chairman, Ken Cooke.

He was a very generous Club benefactor. His son, Simon, also played for the club in the '80's. Ernie will be sorely missed by all his family and friends.

Ernie's funeral will take place on Tuesday 25 September at Landican at 3:00pm, with a reception at the Clubhouse in Holm Lane afterwards.

Richie Beckett.
President Old Parkonians Association Ltd.

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