David Bell (footballer born 1984)

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David Bell
Personal information
Full name David Anthony Bell[1]
Date of birth (1984-01-21) 21 January 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, England[2]
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
King's Lynn Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2006 Rushden & Diamonds 122 (10)
2006–2008 Luton Town 75 (7)
2008 Leicester City (loan) 6 (0)
2008–2009 Norwich City 19 (0)
2009–2013 Coventry City 94 (5)
2013–2014 Notts County 13 (0)
2014– King's Lynn Town 12 (1)
National team
2007 Republic of Ireland B 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 January 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

David Anthony Bell (born 21 January 1984) is a professional footballer who currently plays as a midfielder for King's Lynn Town. He previously played for Norwich City, Coventry City, Luton Town, Rushden & Diamonds and Notts County. He plays mostly in the centre and on the right, although he can also play on the left.

Career[edit]

The 2006–07 season was very much a breakthrough season for him as he went from a squad player at Luton to one of the club's key players under Mike Newell and Kevin Blackwell. In January 2007 he was given a contract extension, running through to 2010.

At the end of season awards, Bell won the Internet Player of the Season and Young Supporters' Player of the Season – an achievement few fans believed possible at the start of the season, as Bell had not even broken into the starting line-up at the season's beginning.

On 28 March 2008, he joined Leicester City on loan with a view to a permanent transfer.[3] However, Leicester's relegation to League One meant the permanent deal did not go ahead.

On 23 July 2008 it was confirmed that Bell had agreed a three-year deal with Norwich City, signing for an undisclosed fee.[4] His debut for the club was delayed by an ankle injury incurred before his signing.[5] He finally made his first appearance in a home defeat to Derby County on 4 October 2008.[6]

On 29 January 2009, he signed for Coventry City, for a fee believed to be on the region of £500,000.

Bell scored his first goal for Coventry on 21 March 2009 with a 45-yard strike against Doncaster at the Ricoh Arena.[7] Bell scored in Coventry's FA Cup 3rd round tie draw at Premier League club Portsmouth on 2 January 2010.[8]

On 19 July 2013 Bell signed for Notts County after being released from his contract with Coventry.[9]

On 24 January 2014 Bell was released by Notts County by mutual consent[10] and signed for King's Lynn Town.[11]

Statistics[edit]

Stats according to Soccerbase

As of 29 April 2013
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Rushden & Diamonds 2000–01 Conference 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
2001–02 Division Three 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
2002–03 Division Three 30 3 3 0 1 0 1 0 35 3
2003–04 Division Two 37 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 40 1
2004–05 League Two 40 3 1 0 1 0 1 0 43 3
2005–06 League Two 14 3 3 0 1 0 1 0 19 3
Total 122 10 8 0 4 0 6 0 140 10
Luton Town 2005–06 Championship 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
2006–07 Championship 34 3 2 0 3 0 0 0 39 3
2007–08 League One 32 4 5 0 3 1 1 0 41 5
Leicester City (loan) 2007–08 Championship 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Luton Town Total 75 7 7 0 6 1 1 0 89 8
Norwich City 2008–09 Championship 19 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 20 0
Total 19 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 20 0
Coventry City 2008–09 Championship 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 1
2009–10 Championship 28 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 30 3
2010–11 Championship 22 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 23 2
2011–12 Championship 28 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 29 0
2012–13 League One 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Total 94 5 2 1 2 0 0 0 98 6
Career totals 316 22 18 1 12 1 7 0 353 24
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals (including substitutes) in the FA Trophy and Football League Trophy.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Mainstream Publishing. p. 40. ISBN 9781845966010. 
  2. ^ Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2012). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2012–2013 (43rd ed.). London: Headline. p. 457. ISBN 978-0-7553-6356-8. 
  3. ^ "Bell goes from Luton to Leicester". BBC News. 28 March 2008. Retrieved 7 March 2008. 
  4. ^ "Bell signs for Canaries". 23 July 2008. Retrieved 23 July 2008. 
  5. ^ "Bell blow for Canaries". Sky Sports. 30 July 2008. Retrieved 15 August 2008. 
  6. ^ "Norwich 1–2 Derby". BBC News. 4 October 2008. Retrieved 11 October 2008. 
  7. ^ "Coventry 1–0 Doncaster". BBC. 21 March 2009. Retrieved 2 January 2010. 
  8. ^ "Portsmouth 1–1 Coventry". BBC. 2 January 2010. Retrieved 2 January 2010. 
  9. ^ Magpies Swoop For Creative Midfielder
  10. ^ http://www.nottscountyfc.co.uk/news/article/david-bell-departs-by-mutual-consent-1313309.aspx
  11. ^ http://www.kltown.co.uk/index.php/latest-news/224-linnets-sign-david-bell

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