Matt Bell was a powerfully built full-back, whose flame red hair was the reason for his nickname of 'Ginger' and typified his approach to the game in that he neither asked for, nor gave, any quarter. Together with Bill Mercer and John Gibson he formed a defensive triumvirate that many would argue was one of the best in the Club's history.
His first game for the Club was in 1919 and for twelve years he gave valuable service, predominantly as a left back, although on those occasions when he was required to move across to the right flank, he did so with no trouble at all. His talents also enabled him to cover other emergencies and it was not unusual to see him take over the goalkeeping duties whenever necessary. On one occasion, an injury crisis meant that Bell had to start the match in goal against Wolves in an FA Cup second round tie. Any fears the supporters might have felt over the outcome were unfounded as Bell kept a clean sheet and a goal from 'Paddy' Mills saw the Tigers through to the next round.
His sterling performances and commitment to the club have rightly earned him legendary status within the history of Hull City and he can be considered to be extremely unfortunate not to have received international recognition.