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Derek Bellotti

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Full nameDerek Christopher Bellotti
Date of birth25 December 1946(age 69)
Place of birthEast Ham, London, England
Playing positionGoalkeeper

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Derek Christopher Bellotti (born December 25, 1946 in East Ham, London) is an English former professional football goalkeeper.Derek Bellotti began his career as an apprentice with Queens Park Rangers in September 1963. He turned professional and spent two seasons on loan to Bedford Town before being released at end of the 1965-66 season without making his debut for QPR.

He joined Gillingham in July 1966 and went on to make 35 league appearances for the Gills. In October 1970 he joined Southend United on loan, playing 3 games and later that month was transferred to Charlton Athletic for a fee of £5,000. He played 14 league games for Charlton before moving to Southend United again in December 1971, this time on a permanent basis. He was Southend's regular keeper, staying at Roots Hall until May 1974 when he joined Swansea City after playing 74 league games for Southend.He only stayed at the Vetch Field for one season, playing 19 times in the league, before moving back into non-league football with Maidstone United, spending two months on loan at Margate from January 1978. He subsequently moved to Cornish non-league side St Blazey from where he signed for Torquay United in September 1981 as cover for Vince O'Keefe. In 1982 he left without making a league appearance, joining Falmouth Town. He subsequently played for Bideford, Saltash United, Newquay and Torrington.

In December 1997, at the age of 50, he played for Ilfracombe Town as a temporary replacement for regular 'Combe goalkeeper, his son Ross, who was also a professional with Exeter City.

Bellotti is currently managing director of Kingfisher Print and Design, a print firm based in Dartington.

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